FEM-80436 MSc Thesis Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Studiepunten 36.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. FJ Sterck
Examiner(s)dr. ir. FJ Sterck
prof. dr. FJJM Bongers
prof. dr. PA Zuidema
dr. UGW Sass-Klaassen
prof. dr. ir. L Poorter
dr. M Peña Claros
prof. dr. ir. GJ Nabuurs
dr. ir. J den Ouden
prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

REG-31806 Ecological Methods I.

Assumed knowledge on:

FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management is strongly recommended


The MSc thesis enables the student to put their acquired knowledge and skills into practice by individually and independently conducting a research project in the field of the programme.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- develop a research plan, including the wider scientific context, identification of the knowledge gap, formulation of research questions, aims and objectives, and design of the project including approach, methods and tools;
- collect, select and process data, using the approach, methods and tools described in the research plan;
- analyse and synthesize the data, in order to answer the research questions;
- formulate answers to the research questions that are supported by the research outcomes, pay attention to potential limitations, and relate the outcomes to the wider scientific context;
- report on the research both in writing and in oral presentation;
- work in compliance with academic codes of conduct, and with proper management of time and resources;
- make use of input and feedback for executing the research project as well as provide feedback to others.


Writing a proposal, collecting data through fieldwork, an experiment, or modelling, analyzing data, writing. Start presentation for your supervisor, final presentation (12 minutes presentation and 12 minutes questions) at the FEM student presentations, the first Tuesday morning of the month. When you are not doing fieldwork, and when you are in the Netherlands, you have to join the FEM thesis ring, and the FEM student presentations the first Tuesday morning of the month, and you are invited to join the FEM staff presentations the other Tuesdays of the month 


You will have a 45 minute oral examination with your supervisor and another FEM staff member, and you will receive a mark based on the thesis Rubric. Prior to the examination you hand ina half a page self reflection on the thesis process and what you have learned

Keuze voor: MBIBiologyMScD: Spec. D - Ecology1,2,3,4,5,6
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScC: Spec. C - Ecology1,2,3,4,5,6
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScB: Spec. B - Management1,2,3,4,5,6