Forestry and Environmental Science programmes aim to provide students with the appropriate specialist academic understanding and research exposure from which they can develop into effective professional foresters and forest scientists. This implies graduates who are capable of independent thought, are aware of and responsive to society’s needs, can communicate effectively, possess an excellent technical or specialist background relevant to forestry research and are aware of the environmental, social and ethical context in which they will work.


At FGS we, aim to develop in students the scientific, technical and management skills required for the students to conduct themselves effectively as forestry professionals and forest scientists for those students completing graduate study. Assessment throughout the programme by assigned work ranging from examinations to project work and a research report or thesis achieves this aim.


Graduate Profile/ Objectives

  • An understanding and knowledge of key areas fundamental to forestry including forest management and economics, silviculture, ecology, wood science, geospatial technologies, soil sciences, and forest engineering/operations; Environmental Science and Natural recourse Management.
  • Acquire skills and technical expertise to manage forests for a full range of uses
  • Have the ability to apply knowledge effectively as a part of problem solving exercises
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
  • The ability to operate effectively in a team by working co-operatively with others, and where necessary the ability to lead teams
  • An understanding of the role of professional foresters in the forestry sector
  • An understanding of the responsibility of professional foresters to conduct themselves in an ethical manner
  • Has the ability to undertake independent research through the identification of an original topic, planning and conducting research, analysis of results and oral and written communication of those findings.


Admission Requirements:

  • B.Sc. Degree in Biological or Physical Science, Forestry and Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Agriculture, Civil or Chemical Engineering or
  • Four year Degree in Management, Social Science, Economics with at least 5 years of experience in the field of natural resources and environmental management or
  • Any other special qualification equivalent to a degree recognized by the University Grants Commission or considered appropriate by the University Senate with at least 7 years of experience in the field of natural resources and environmental management.

Duration of the Course – one year

Course Description

Code Course unit Lect Hrs Lab Hrs Field Days Credit value Program type
FEM 101 01 Earth science (Geology, Soil and Climatology) 15 06 1
FEM 102 01 Research methodology 15 04   1
FEM 103 01 Basics in management 15 1
FEM 104 01 Environmental chemistry 15 06 1
FEM 105 01 Tropical forest ecology 15 1 1
FEM 106 01 Silviculture and tree improvement 30 2 2
FEM 107 01 Forest mensuration and inventory 15 04 3 1
FEM 210 01 Tree diversity and systematics 15 04 2 1
FEM 211 02 Biodiversity conservation & wildlife management 30 3 2
FEM 212 01 Forest management 15 3 1
FEM 213 02 Wood science and forest industries 30 06 1 2
FEM 108 01 Environmental and resource economics 15 03 1
FEM 215 01 Watershed and water resource management (27th July onwards) 15 1 1
FEM 216 02 Surveying, remote sensing and GIS 30 10 2
FEM 217 01 Project formulation appraisal and management 15 05 1
FEM 218 01 Corporate environmental management (6th June onwards) 15 1
FEM 219 01 Policy, law and administration 15 1
FEM 220 01 Environmental impact assessment 15 1
FEM 109 02 Wastewater treatment and air pollution  control 30 2
FEM 221 01 Solid waste management 15 2 1
FEM 222 01 Cleaner production and Green technologies 15 1 1
TOTAL (CORE COURSES) 375 (D) 48 (D) 16 26 (D)
FEM 251 02 Seminar Presentations 2
FEM 252 01 Case studies in Environmental and Forest Management 1
FEM 253 01 Management Plan 1
FEM 254 01 Field and Seminar Diary 1
FEM 255 05 Research Project 5



Candidate’s performance at each course unit is assessed and graded by theory examinations, practical examinations, continuous assessments, assessment reports, oral examinations etc. When there are multiple examinations for a course unit, marks obtained by the candidate is combined in a pre-determined manner to obtain the final grade.

Passing Course Unit Examinations

In order to obtain a pass for a course unit the candidate should obtain a grade C or above (Grade point 2.0 or higher) for a relevant course unit.


Candidate should obtain at least a C grade (Grade Point 2.0 or higher) for the Compulsory Assignments in order to qualify for the Post Graduate Diploma.

Candidates who are registered to a PGDip Course or who were demoted to the PGDip from the M.Sc. course will have to secure a minimum GPA  of 2 (C grade).


Forestry and Environmental Science masters programmes aims to provide advanced knowledge in Forest Management and Environmental science.  It is intended to be a complete degree where the candidate demonstrates advanced ability in course work and innovative research work related to forest sciences in the areas Areas of study include agroforestry, biometrics, biotechnology, ecology, economic sustainability, ecotourism, environmental education, fire science, forest economics, forest genetics, forest nutrition, geographic information systems, geomatics, hydrology, international forestry, management operations, pathology, physiology, policy, reforestation, remote sensing, resource management, silviculture, soils, tropical forestry, and urban forestry.

It is awarded in recognition of demonstrated mastery of subject matter in forest science and demonstrated competency by individual research investigations that represent a significant contribution to the cumulative knowledge of this field.

Graduate Profile/ Objective

  • An advanced understanding and knowledge of specialist areas in forestry including one or more of: forest management; forest engineering/operations; research methodology; advanced IT/geospatial technologies; restoration ecology; marketing; wood science/quality; and biosecurity risk management;
  • The skills and technical expertise to undertake research on forest issues;
  • The ability to apply knowledge effectively as a part of problem solving exercises;
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms;
  • The ability to operate effectively in a team by working co-operatively with others, and where necessary the ability to lead teams;
  • The ability to develop a research topic that includes evaluation and discussion of an extensive literature review; discussion, planning and conducting a series of research trials/data gathering exercises; analysis of the data; and the writing of a comprehensive research report or thesis.


Note: The admission requirements are the same as for the PG Diploma which is given under the Diploma Programs in this Handbook.

Duration: 2 years

Course Description

Course Code Course Title Lecture hours Lab hours Credit


  Module 1: Introduction to Sciences
FEM 01 01 Foundation Mathematics and Statistics 15 1
FEM 02 01 Research Methodology 15 04 1
FEM 03 01 Forest Biology and Physiology 15 10 1
FEM  04 01 Earth Science (Geology, Soils and Climatology) 15 04 1
FEM 05 01 Basics in Management 15 1
Module 2: Forestry and Biodiversity
FEM 06 01 Tree Diversity and Systematics 15 04 1
FEM 07 01 Tropical Forest Ecology 15 1
FEM 08 02 Biodiversity Conservation & Wildlife Management 30 2
FEM 09 01 Forest Mensuration and Inventory 15 04 1
FEM 10 01 Forest Manage15ment 15 1
FEM 11.02 Silviculture and Tree Improvement 30 2
FEM 12 01 Social forestry and agroforestry 15 1
FEM 13 01 Urban forestry and landscape management 15 1
FEM 14 01 Forest disease management and pest management 30 04 2
 FEM 15 02 Wood science and forest industries 30 06 2
FEM 16 01 Ecotourism and Eco business Management 15 1
Module 3: Natural Resource Management
FEM 17 01 Watershed and water resources management 15 1
FEM 18 01 Surveying, remote sensing and GIS 15 10 1
FEM 19 01 Land use planning and management 15 1
FEM 20 01 Environmental and Resource Economics 15 1
FEM 21 01 Project formulation appraisal and management 15 1
FEM 22 01 Corporate Environmental Management 15 1
FEM 23 00 Global and national environmental trends 15 1
FEM 24 01 Policy, law and administration 15 1
FEM 25 01 Environmental Impact Assessment 15 1
FEM 26 01 Urban and rural sociology 15 1
Module 4: Pollution Prevention and Waste Management
FEM 27 01 Environmental Chemistry 15 06 1
FEM 28 02 Waste water treatment and air pollution control 30 2
FEM 29 01 Solid waste management 15 1
FEM 30 02 Environmental Modeling 15 1
Assignments (field diary, case study, management plan, seminar presentations) 10
Case studies in environmental and forest management 1
Management Plan 1
Seminar presentations  (10/student) 6
Field and Seminar Diary 1
Research Project 15