MSc in Wood Science


Area of Studies

engineering, technology



Degree (in English)


  • English
Course Duration

4 semesters (full-time)

ECTS points



Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology

Tuition and Other Fees

3500 EUR (900 EUR per 1st, 2nd, 3rd semester and 800 EUR per 4th semester) + enrollment fee (65 EUR for non-EU candidates and 85 PLN for EU candidates and NAWA scholarship holders)

Application Deadline(s)

May 31, 2023

Course Description

Course Profile

A Master’s degree in the field of Wood Science provides graduates with in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge in wood engineering, furniture design, wood protection, and modification. This course is dedicated to students who have completed their undergraduate studies in Wood Technology, or Wood Science, or Forest Products Engineering, or Forestry and have received a BSc degree in the above-mentioned studies or related sciences such as Renewable Materials, Natural Resources, Forest Engineering, Ecological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Bioengineering, etc. We have an excellent student-to-professor ratio, guaranteeing personal attention and supervision for all students in the programme. All students learn wood anatomy and chemical properties of wood, wood processing, how furniture is created, how wood can be combined with other materials, and how it can be protected. We emphasize in our course that Wood Science is the key to natural resource conservation, as it is the only field that provides education for the proper utilization of the most widely used natural resource.

The course focuses on the optimal use of renewable material such as wood both in conventional and modern industries. Our course 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 based on their chemical and physical properties and how to prepare them to suit the needs of a specific wood industry sector. 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 a complex process, of great importance for wood technology. You will discover causes for the degradation of wood and wood-based panels and the 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. We have professional and modern equipment in our labs and semi-industrial facilities so 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 course teachers carry out research on the physical and chemical properties of wood, wood protection, drying and hydrothermal processing of wood, wood machining, gluing and coating of wood, furniture design, and engineering, and they will be eager to share their experience with you. We invite students who are motivated to gain knowledge concerning wood, which is a renewable, durable, versatile, and beautiful material, which helps tackle climate change and has a unique ability to store carbon.

Field trips being organized educational activities taking place in the industry give you a good opportunity to face practical problems related to the field of study. The trips give students a chance to share their thoughts and ideas about practical problems. It is also an important activity in preparing students for their near-future jobs.

There is an increasing demand for sustainable biomaterials, and tremendous opportunities for professionals to help with the design, engineering, manufacturing, and sales of these new materials and products. Graduates from Wood Science studies are prepared to undertake jobs in the forest products industry, the sawmilling industry, and companies cooperating with the wood processing industry (e.g. furniture or wood-based panel industry and similar). Job locations are available globally, both in large metropolitan centers and in rural communities.

Main modules

Physical properties of wood

Chemical properties of wood

Wood protection and modification

Drying and hydrothermal processing of wood

Furniture design and engineering

Wood machining

Education Requirements

BSc in:

Wood Technology

Wood Science

Forest Products Engineering




Engineering mechanics


Poznań University of Life Sciences

28 Wojska Polskiego St.

60-637 Poznań, Poland

MSc Studies phone: +48 61 846 6716, WhatsApp +48 517 340 910, e-mail:


Poznań University of Life Sciences


Poznań University of Life Sciences

28 Wojska Polskiego St.

60-637 Poznań, Poland,



MSc Studies phone: +48 61 846 6716, WhatsApp +48 517 340 910, e-mail:

Erasmus+ Programme phone: +48 61 846 6194, e-mail:

PULS Doctoral School phone: +48 61 846 6195, e-mail:

phone: 0048 61 846 6716; 0048 61 846 7011