Tropical Forestry course structure

Total credits in 2 years program for Master Program are not less than 36 credits (24 credits of coursework and 12 credits of thesis). For doctorate program, 48 credits are required (12 credits of coursework and 36 credits of thesis)


The main aims of the first year of the program are to provide students with a basic understanding of the principles and processes of sustainable tropical forestry development, including the social and environmental contexts. Students can develop’ intellectual, practical, and research skill, in a tropical forestry-specific context. In the second year, graduate individuals who have a thorough understanding of forest management practices and are able to apply the theory to the sustainable management of natural forests, forest plantations, and urban forestry. They will be able to develop ability to synthesis concepts and ideas. Students are required to conduct research at the master level and compile into a thesis.

Course Description (credits):

309511Tropical Forestry 3(3-0)

Forestry in tropical countries, problems and development in each country, external influences from other countries and international agencies upon the tropical forest status both in past and present times, suitable direction for development and policy set up for sustainable use, values and importance of tropical forest upon the living of the world.

309512 Utilization of Tropical Forest Resources 3(3-0)

Sustainable utilization of various natural resources in tropical forest, emphasizing on multiple use of wood, non-wood, wildlife, water and natural recreation area.

309513 Tropical Forest Resources Management 3(3-0)

Various kinds of natural resources in tropical forest, timbers, wildlife, water, range, scenic area and genetic resources, appropriate administrative policy, forest management methods. Forestry concepts in multiple uses and ecosystem management. Field trips required.

309521 Principle of Land Use in Tropical Forest 3(3-0)

Tropical forest land use, land use evolution, criteria and methods of land capability classification and land suitability assessment. Case studies of appropriate technology and local wisdom for land use management. Processes of land use planning and environmental impact assessment of land use. Field trips required.

 Tropical Silviculture 3(3-0)

Tropical environment and principles of silviculture, silviculture of natural standsand plantation, silviculture on wood property, rural development in the tropical forest. Field trips required.

Research Techniques in Tropical Forestry (3)

Research principles and methods in tropical forestry, problem for research, topic identification, data collecting for research planning, identification for samples and techniques. Research analysis, result explanation and discussion, report writing, presentation and preparation for journal publication.

Statistics for Tropical Forestry Research (3)

Concepts of statistics and application to forestry, computation of statistical parameters and sampling techniques. Variable measurement and methods of statistical analysis.

  Selected Topics in Tropical Forestry (1-3)

Selected topics in tropical forestry at the master level. Topics are subject to changed semester.

  Seminar 1

Presentation and discussion on interesting topics in tropical forestry at the master level.

  Special Problem (1-3)

Study and research in tropical forestry at the master level and compiled into a written report.

 Thesis (1-12)

Research at the master level and compile into a thesis.


Students who have other interests may choose some courses provided for Thai students but they are recommended to contact course organizer before registering in the following:

  • Advanced Forest Management
  • Advanced Forest Resource Economics
  • Forestry and Economic Development
  • Advanced Forest Ecology
  • Plant Community Analysis
  • Ecological Forest Geography
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Forest Zoogeography
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Biodiversity Conservation Policy and Planning
  • Advanced Anatomy and Identification of Wood
  • Quantitative Analysis in Wood Processing
  • Wood-Base Panel Technology
  • Mangrove Silviculture
  • Forest Tree Improvement
  • Forest Fire Ecology
  • Forest Soil Genesis and Classification
  • Soil Erosion Control
  • Applied Forest Hydrology
  • Rural Water Resource Development
  • Eco-development in the Tropics
  • Principles of Recreation and Nature Tourism
  • Human Dimensions in Protected Area Management
  • Protected Area Management


Special requirement for foreign student to enroll in the programs

TOEFL Score or other English proficiency test is required


Academic Calendars

  • First Semester (June-October):  Apply in October-December
  • Second Semester (November –March):  Apply in June-July