Welcome to the Dept. of Forest and Wood Science
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Trees are spectacular organisms and one of the Earth's greatest and most important natural resources. Their contribution to the effective regulation of our environment and atmosphere is priceless.
The end product from trees, wood, is the material of the future:
FOREST AND WOOD PRODUCT SCIENCE
Stellenbosch University is instrumental in educating our future scientists. It is the only university in South Africa offering a comprehensive four-year BSc degree programme in both Forest Science and Wood Product Science, thus covering the entire forestry value chain. Students enjoy the advantages of a stimulating and diverse programme of study involving research and study in the forests, winelands and mountains of Stellenbosch, as well as versatile employment prospects both nationally and internationally.
The Department of Forest and Wood Science is the only tertiary education institution in South Africa to provide an educational offering at BSc, MSc and PhD levels in both Forest and Natural Resource and Wood Products Science. The presence of these two major disciplines under one roof enables the DFWS to address the full forestry value chain, from forest establishment and silviculture, forest management, timber harvesting and transport, and forest economics to secondary processing for structural lumber, composite materials, bio-energy and other value added products.
- Forest Eco-physiology & Silviculture
- Forest Management
- Remote Sensing
- Forest Engineering
- Forest Economics
- Wood Material Science
- Wood Processing
- Product & Process Design
- Business Management
University graduates are recognized as being world-class. Studies have
shown that Wood processing facilities and timber growers employ an
extremely high percentage of Stellenbosch graduates. Our emphasis is to
produce versatile managers and researchers with the skills to manage and
understand all the intricacies of technology transfer. This provides
our graduates with fantastic career opportunities and allows them to
diversify in other related industries.
Opportunities range from entrepreneurial enterprises to the corporate environment-locally and abroad. These include managerial, technical, conservation or research-oriented careers.
• Forest Ecologist/ Planner
• Forestry Consultant or Contractor
• Natural Resource Manager
• Production Manager
• Tree Breeder/ Timber Grower
• Researcher/ Forestry Scientist
• Environmental Planner
• Logistics Manager
• Rural Development Advisor
• Extension Officer
• Land-use Manager
• Product Developer/ Researcher
• Plant/ Saw mill Manager
• Production Manager
• Entrepreneur/ Business Owner
• Manufacturing Engineer
• Board Product Manufacturer
• Quality Assurance Manager
• Furniture Design / Manufacturer
• Laminated Product Manufacturer
• Veneer and Plywood Manufacturer
• Window and Door Manufacturer
A large percentage of our students obtain bursaries from industry, government and the university. Contact Ms Poppie Gordon for information on bursaries available.
Tel: +27 21 808 3303
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