TRANSFOR-M (Transatlantic Forestry Master) International Dual Degree Program

TRANSFOR-M (Transatlantic Forestry Master) is a unique dual degree master program that provides master's students with knowledge in the fields of forestry and environmental management in both Europe and Canada.

After two years, it leads to two degrees: the Master of Forest Management (MFM) from the Faculty of Natural Resources Management (NRM) at Lakehead University and a master's degree from one of the following five participating universities in Europe:

  • Bangor University (Wales, UK)
  • University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria)
  • University of Padova (Italy)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) (Sweden)

Click here to learn more about our partner universities and degree options available

Program Details

The goal of TRANSFOR-M is to train the next generation of forest and environmental managers and scientists on the specific cultural, historical, and socio-economic context of the Canadian andTRANSFOR-M Transatlantic Forestry Master LogoEuropean natural resource sectors while understanding the global challenges of sustainable forest and environmental management. 

TRANSFOR-M students are registered in the Master's program at Lakehead University for a two-year period but spend only one year at Lakehead with their second year being spent in Europe. Each student will pay the Lakehead tuition fees for two years and will receive a tuition fee waiver at the Host University in Europe.

Students in the program follow a study plan that takes advantage of complementary expertise at partner institutions to deliver an effective and globally oriented program in forestry and environmental management. The study plan is developed with the TRANSFOR-M Program Coordinator and outlines courses and thesis requirements during the 2-year program.

The study plan should have:

  1. Two years of studies, worth 120 ECTS credits in total (including an internship, where applicable)
  2. One Master Thesis or equivalent report worthy of at least 30 ECTS credits

Given that each degree would typically be 1 or 2 years long, getting both the Lakehead and international degrees would otherwise take three to four years of study to complete. This timeframe has been reduced to two years thanks to efficient credit transfer between Lakehead University and the partner European university which allows both degrees to be obtained in a shortened time frame while still fulfilling the individual program requirements for each institution's degree.

TRANSFOR-M Partner Universities and Degree Options

Bangor University Logo

Bangor University (Wales, UK) – School of Agricultural & Forest Sciences.  Bangor University is a world-class research university which is located in a city rich in history and culture in a magnificent region.
Degrees offered:

  • M. Sc. Agroforestry,
  • M. Sc. Conservation and Land Management,
  • M. Sc. Environmental Forestry


University of Eastern Finland LogoUniversity of Eastern Finland (Finland) – Faculty of Forestry.  The University of Eastern Finland is one of Europe's premier institutions to study forestry, particularly boreal forests and forest technology.
Degrees offered:

  • M. Sc. Agriculture and Forestry


BOKU University LogoUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria). BOKU is a university dedicated to natural sciences, engineering, life, and social sciences.
Degrees offered:

  • M.Sc. Mountain Forestry,
  • M. Sc. Water Management and Environmental Engineering,
  • M.Sc. Applied Limnology


University of Padova LogoUniversity of Padova (Italy). One of the oldest universities in Europe, the University of Padova is a comprehensive university located in one of the richest cultural and historical regions of Italy, just outside of Venice.                                                                  Degree offered:

  • M.Sc. Forest Science


Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) LogoSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) (Sweden). SLU is a world-class international university with research, education, and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks, and educational establishments throughout Sweden.
                          Degrees offered:

  • M.Sc. with a major in Forestry - Programs: Euroforester, Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management
  • M.Sc. with a major in Biology - Programs: Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management, Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife
  • M.Sc. with a major in Bioeconomy Management - Program: Forest Bioeconomy


Learn How to Apply 

For more information or to apply see the How to Apply page or contact Prof. Brigitte Leblon, Dean and TRANSFOR-M Program Coordinator:

Phone: 807-343-8010 ext 8672