Master's Forest and Nature Conservation

The master's Forest and Nature Conservation focuses on policy, sustainable management and conservation of forest and nature, i.e. understanding and predicting the effect of phenomena such as deforestation, biodiversity loss, ecotourism, timber production and animal reintroduction. Insights into all aspects of forest and nature conservation are required to address these issues. The study programme represents an integrated approach to natural resource management that can be applied at different scales, to diverse ecosystems and in varying political and social contexts. An outstanding research environment and three comprehensive specialisations contribute to making the programme challenging for undergraduates from both the natural and social sciences.

Master Forest and Nature Conservation

Why this programme?

  • Insights into all aspects of forest and nature conservation.
  • Integrated approach to natural resource management that can be applied at different scales.
  • Wageningen University & Research is ranked as the #1 university in the field of Agriculture and Forestry by QS World University Rankings.

Study programme of the master's Forest and Nature Conservation

On the Programme of Forest and Nature Conservation page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.

You can also read more about the Background of the programme and Compare Forest and Nature Conservation to other master's programmes.


The master's programme consist of a Common part and a specialisation. You can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

Application and admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Forest and Nature Conservation? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

What moves me? The scientific approach of sustainable conservation.
Student Rianne

Future career

What are your possibilities after graduating? Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.