Application and admission - Forest and Nature Conservation

If you would like to apply for the MSc Forest and Nature Conservation programme, you have to fulfil the general requirements for Wageningen University master's programmes, and the specific conditions for the master's Forest and Nature Conservation.

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

Students who wish to enrol in a MSc programme at Wageningen University must:

  • have a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the specific programme selected;
  • have a Grade Point Average for the BSc study of at least 7 (or 70% of the maximum of the scale);
  • be fluent in English, both written and spoken;

These admission requirements apply to all Wageningen University MSc study programmes. You can find all details at Apply for a Master’s

Specific admission requirements

Your BSc degree needs to be in a relevant domain. But there are many BSc programmes that have a connection with our MSc programme. For example Biology, Environmental Sciences, other Natural Sciences, Forestry, Agricultural Sciences, Global Sustainability Science, Future Planet Studies, and many more! If your bachelor is related to these domains, there is a big chance that you fulfil this specific admission criteria.

If you are not sure if your BSc degree is relevant, you can contact us at The final decision is made by the admission board.

Students with a Social Sciences background

Students with a Social Sciences background (Dutch: Gamma-opleiding) might be admitted to the specialisation Policy and Society without a pre-master's programme on the condition that courses on ecology are part of your free choice.

Admission procedure

To register for the MFN programme, please complete the application form and submit it with all necessary documents. The Admission Committee will review your application based on an individual assessment of your academic record (curriculum, grade point average and final thesis report or research paper) and relevant work experience. You will be informed of the Committee's decision by letter.

For more information about applying see the application procedure: Apply for a Master’s.

Are you still in the process of obtaining your bachelor's degree?

If you are currently in the final year of your BSc programme, you can apply for admission to the MFN programme roughly four months prior to graduation. The Admission Committee can provisionally accept you based on a transcript of your academic record, your research and your expected date of graduation. On graduation you have to submit the certificate before the academic year starts.

Starting in February

It is possible to start this Master's in February.

Study Contract

Before you start with the MSc Forest and Nature Conservation (MFN), you will have a meeting with your study advisor. This can be a group meeting with fellow student or an individual meeting. These meetings usually take place during the introduction days, just before the start of your studies. During the meeting, you review your abilities and ambitions and compile your individual MFN programme.

During your study this programme can always be adapted in consultation with your study adviser.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees can vary, depending on for example your nationality and degree.

Find out which tuition fee is applicable for you

Pre-master's / Minor

Pre-master's programme

If you do not completely satisfy all the requirements for the MFN programme, then you may still register if you participate in the so-called ‘Pre-master's programme.’ Together with the study adviser, you determine which courses you have to take in order to bridge your ‘knowledge gap’. These courses are additional to the master's programme, and have to be completed prior to the master's programme.

Read more information about the Pre-master's linkage programme.


Wageningen University offers a large number of minors in the first or second semester which can be chosen by students from outside Wageningen during their bachelor's. An overview of the minors can be found via Following a minor or a number of courses of a minor can be a good preparation for an MSc and can avoid a pre-master's programme.

There are three minors in the area of Forest and Nature:

  • Policies, People and Nature Conservation: In this minor attention is paid to the interaction between man and nature with issues like environmental law, economics, policy, administration and communication.
    • Management of Terrestrial Ecosystems: Functioning of forests and natural areas is the main theme of this minor. Understanding nature conservation and preservation is made clear on the basis of the relation between abiotic factors and vegetation, the interaction between wildlife and vegetation, agroforestry ecosystems and forest ecology.
  • Forest and Nature Conservation: This minor provides theoretical and practical understanding of the socio-economic and ecological aspects of forests and nature reserves. Also you learn more about the management of these areas. The theory and practice are clarified during field excursions.

It is also possible to compose a tailor-made minor. Please contact the study adviser for more information.

Please note: Some of the courses within the minors mentioned are taught in Dutch. Therefor they are especially interesting for Dutch students.

Apply for the MSc Forest and Nature Conservation