Jointly offered by the Bern University of Applied Science BFH in Bijel, Switzerland, and the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences in Germany (ROUAS), the English language syllabus provides a number of core skills to learners, around which they can explore and define their own specialisms through participation in real-world projects.

"BFH is actually the biggest research centre in Switzerland for timber engineering and wood technology and also one of the largest institutes dedicated to this field in Europe," explains Professor Heiko Thoemen, course head for wood technology in the institutions’ Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering.

While the course can be attended on a full or part time basis, it also offers the rather novel option of allowing participants to become employed as junior researchers at the institute while continuing with their studies part time.