29 March 2023
Welcome to Study at SPbFTU!
For more details please contact Directorate of International Cooperation
Head of the Directorate of International Cooperation:
Ph.D (Ec) Svetlana Tereshchenko
Phone: +7 (812) 670-92-60, +7 (931) 592-28-89
E-mail: mobilityftu@gmail.com


Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University > MSc PROGRAM IN FOREST POLICY AND ECONOMICS (FORPEC)


  • 1st Russ­ian MSc pro­gramme in Forestry in English;
  • devel­oped in accord­ing to Bologna principles;
  • intro­duces a mod­u­lar struc­ture of stud­ies and inno­v­a­tive teach­ing methods;
  • inte­grates pol­i­cy and eco­nom­ic sciences;
  • advances the inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion of high forestry education;
  • devel­oped by spe­cial­ists in teach­ing forestry and for­est pol­i­cy &econ­o­my from 4 Euro­pean countries.



The main selec­tion cri­te­ria for appli­cants are:

  • A com­plet­ed BSc degree in Forestry or Economics;
  • Good knowl­edge of writ­ten and spo­ken English
  • High lev­el of motivation
  • Basic knowl­edge in forestry and eco­nom­ics Stu­dents have to pass through exam on forestry and Eng­lish test




Head of the programm
Alex­eev Alexan­der Sergee­vich
D.Sc. (Geog­ra­phy)

Tel.: +7 (812) 670–93-16
E‑mail: ltlg@spbftu.ru


Tereshchenko Svet­lana Vik­torov­na
Ph.D (Ec)
Tel.: +7 (812) 670–92-60, +7 (921) 910–73-26
E‑mail: iccfi@spbftu.ru, mobilityftu@gmail.com






First year (Autumn)








Math­e­mat­i­cal mod­el­ling of for­est ecosystems 4 з.е./cr
Philo­soph­i­cal and method­olog­i­cal prob­lems of sci­ence and technology 4 з.е./cr
Infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy in forestry 2 з.е./cr
Busi­ness communication 2 з.е./cr
For­eign lan­guage in pro­fes­sion­al life 2 з.е./cr
Ped­a­gogy 2 з.е./cr
Research meth­ods and tools 2 з.е./cr
Mod­ern forestry sci­ence and pro­duc­tion issues 2 з.е./cr
His­to­ry of forestry sci­ence and pro­duc­tion methodology 2 з.е./cr
For­est policy 8 з.е./cr

First year (Spring)

Project activ­i­ties 2 з.е./cr
Lead­er­ship and team management 2 з.е./cr
Time man­age­ment 2 з.е./cr
For­est economy 9 з.е./cr
The car­bon cycle in for­est ecosystems 3 з.е./cr

Sec­ond year

Eco­nom­ics and organ­i­sa­tion in the for­est sector 2 з.е./cr
Forestry fun­da­men­tals of for­est management 4 з.е./cr
Bio­geo­cenol­o­gy 3 з.е./cr
Man­age­ment of bio­log­i­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal sys­tems in for­est and wood­land management 3 з.е./cr
For­est management 7 з.е./cr
Sus­tain­able for­est management 8 з.е./cr
Legal and social aspects of sus­tain­able for­est management 4 з.е./cr
Design­ing pro­tect­ed areas 5 з.е./cr

Elec­tive cours­es in the 2nd year

Polit­i­cal theory 3 з.е./cr
The eco­nom­ics of the environment 3 з.е./cr

Sci­en­tif­ic prac­tice in the 2nd year

Study prac­tice. Research work (gain­ing basic research skills) 15 з.е./cr
Work prac­tice. Sci­en­tif­ic and Research work 3 з.е./cr
Work prac­tice. Prac­ti­cal train­ing to acquire pro­fes­sion­al skills and experience 9 з.е./cr
Work place­ment. Pre-diplo­ma internship 3 з.е./cr

State Final Assess­ment

Com­plet­ing and defend­ing a final diplo­ma thesis 6 з.е./cr

Elec­tive courses

Opti­mis­ing the repro­duc­tion of for­est resources 3 з.е./cr
Eco­log­i­cal suc­ces­sion processes 3 з.е./cr




PART 1. Inter­na­tion­al and Russ­ian For­est Policy

Stu­dents get a thor­ough knowl­edge of nation­al for­est pol­i­cy in Rus­sia with focus on the insti­tu­tion­al frame­work and actors in the sec­tor; region­al-supra­na­tion­al, Pan-Euro­pean and glob­al for­est pol­i­cy regimes, skills in pol­i­cy analy­ses. Lec­tures and sem­i­nars are the pre­vail­ing teach­ing form, vis­its to rel­e­vant stake­hold­er orga­ni­za­tions are inte­grat­ed in the cur­ricu­lum. Exam­ples of envi­sioned cours­es: pan-Euro­pean for­est pol­i­cy and mul­ti­level-gov­er­nance; pol­i­cy tools for sus­tain­able forestry; for­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, for­est gov­er­nance and com­bat­ing of ille­gal logging.


PART 2. For­est Man­age­ment and Planning 

Stu­dents devel­op knowl­edge and skills in for­est man­age­ment plan­ning on var­i­ous tem­po­ral and spa­tial scales. The start­ing point of the theme is the per­spec­tive on plan­ning as deci­sion sup­port. Besides more tra­di­tion­al approach­es, this block employs com­po­nents of prob­lem-based learn­ing and case stud­ies, where stu­dents work with “real life” plan­ning examples.

Exam­ples of envi­sioned cours­es: meth­ods and tools for deci­sion sup­port; tree cov­er mod­el­ling on stand, for­est and land­scape lev­el; plan­ning for mul­ti- func­tion­al forestry; a case study.

PART 3. Mod­ern eco­nom­ics for forestry in transition

This part intro­duces the econ­o­my the­o­ry as applied under mar­ket econ­o­my con­di­tions. Appli­ca­tions of the the­o­ry in an econ­o­my under tran­si­tion are exam­ined using hypo­thet­i­cal and actu­al exam­ples, employ­ing dis­cus­sions, exer­cis­es and simulations.

Exam­ples of envi­sioned cours­es: eco­nom­ics of forestry at stand lev­el; market/profit ori­ent­ed man­age­ment of for­est enter­prise; envi­ron­men­tal economics.