Master's Programme

MSc in Wood Science at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology

Award: Master of Science

Start date: October 2021 (next upcoming edition)

Duration: 4 semesters (full-tіme)

Main modules:

Physical properties of wood
Chemical properties of wood
Wood protection
Drying and hydrothermal processing of wood
Furniture design and engineering
Wood machining

Entry requirements - BSc in:

Wood Technology
Wood Science
Forest Products Engineering  or related sciences
Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Engineering Mechanics

The Master’s degree in the field of Wood Science provides graduates with in-depth and multidisciplinary knowledge in wood engineering, furniture design, wood protection and modification. This course is dedicated to students who have completed and received the BSc degree in one of the following undergraduate studies: Wood Technology, Wood Science, Forest Products Engineering, Forestry or in related sciences such as Renewable Materials, Natural Resources, Forest Engineering, Ecological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Bioengineering, etc. We have a beneficial professor to student ratio, which guarantees personal attention and supervision for all students in the programme. The programme of the course includes: wood anatomy, chemical wood properties, wood processing, furniture design, wood protection, combining wood with other materials. It should be emphasized that Wood Science provides the students with knowledge which is indispensable to properly utilize wood - the most widely used natural raw material - and necessary for the conservation of natural resources.

Course overview

The course focuses on the optimal use of wood as a renewable material both in conventional and modern industries. It is exceptional because during studies at our Faculty you will gain knowledge both in chemical and mechanical wood technology, as well as furniture design. You will be taught how to select materials for the wood industry on the basis of their chemical and physical properties, and how to prepare them to suit the needs of specific sectors of the wood industry. By completing our studies, you will know which characteristics of wood are the most important for mechanical and chemical wood technology. You will also become acquainted with modern woodworking technologies and state-of-the-art woodworking machinery used in the wood industry. We will teach you that timber drying is complex and simultaneously essential for wood technology a process. You will discover the causes of degradation of wood and wood-based products, and means of their protection. We are going to show you how to glue wood, and which coatings should be used for wood and wood-based panels. We will help you explore knowledge connected with the history of furniture design and furniture production management. Our labs and semi-industrial facilities are equipped with professional and modern machines, so that you will be able to explore many aspects related to wood science in a practical way. Our Faculty is known for excellent collaboration with the wood industry. Therefore, you can expand your practical skills during the course by visiting companies associated with the timber industry. The lecturers are experienced researchers in the fields of wood physical and chemical properties, wood protection, drying and hydrothermal processing of wood, wood machining, wood gluing and coating, furniture design and engineering, and they will be eager to share their experience with you. We invite students who are motivated to gain knowledge about wood, which is a renewable, durable, versatile and beautiful material, which has a unique ability to store carbon, thus helps tackle climate change.

Field trips, being an organized educational activity which takes place in the industry, will give you a good opportunity to face practical problems related to the field of study. The trips will offer students a chance to share their thoughts and ideas about the practical problems. They are also an important activity which prepares students for their near-future jobs.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for sustainable biomaterials, from which stem tremendous opportunities for professionals who specialize in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and sales of these new materials and products. The graduates of Wood Science are prepared to enter the international job market in the forest products or sawmilling industries, as well as companies cooperating with the wood processing industry (e.g. furniture, wood-based panel industry, etc.).

Info: www.msc-bsc.puls.edu.pl/courses/#1520503559895-d04bee73-779e

Dean's Proxy: Prof. dr hab. Bartłomiej Mazela, e-mail: bartlomiej.mazela@up.poznan.pl, Tel.: +48 61848 7459

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