BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Forestry

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

Bangor University has been teaching forestry for over 110 years and since 2000, it has offered a range of exciting and innovative part-time distance learning forestry courses. The MSc forestry (distance learning) course has an excellent reputation for producing high quality, adaptable and professional graduates. Many of our alumni have successfully used the course to help them change careers, gain promotion, develop their business and/or simply satisfy their curiosity for trees and forests. The course is designed to provide students with training in the management of forest resources, understanding of the scientific, academic and practical principles which underpin forest management and forest ecosystem function and the interrelationships between government, industry and communities’ forests and associated land-use.

The course, fully accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, provides students with detailed knowledge and expertise of direct relevance to the modern forest manager and those working in associated disciplines. The course is designed to be of specific interest to:

  • Individuals seeking academically-based education in forestry;
  • Individuals seeking a career in the management of trees and forests;
  • Individuals wishing to undertake further study while employed in the forestry, or a related, profession.

Once accepted onto the course, students choose to specialise in one of two distinct degree ‘streams’; Ecology and Management, or Trees, Forests and People. The Ecology and Management stream is designed for those with a stronger interest in ecology and science (including maths) whereas the Trees, Forests and People stream will appeal to those applicants with a thirst to learn more about the interrelationships between forests and society. Teaching and learning for each module is supported by a guided reading handbook plus various learning materials hosted on our ‘virtual learning environment’, such as online lectures and seminars, e-books, journal articles, scientific reports, podcasts, and discussion 

Programme description

Bangor University has been teaching forestry for over 110 years and since 2000, it has offered a range of exciting and innovative part-time distance learning forestry courses. The MSc forestry (distance learning) course has an excellent reputation for producing high quality, adaptable and professional graduates. Many of our alumni have successfully used the course to help them change careers, gain promotion, develop their business and/or simply satisfy their curiosity for trees and forests. The course is designed to provide students with training in the management of forest resources, understanding of the scientific, academic and practical principles which underpin forest management and forest ecosystem function and the interrelationships between government, industry and communities’ forests and associated land-use.

The course, fully accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, provides students with detailed knowledge and expertise of direct relevance to the modern forest manager and those working in associated disciplines. The course is designed to be of specific interest to:

  • Individuals seeking academically-based education in forestry;
  • Individuals seeking a career in the management of trees and forests;
  • Individuals wishing to undertake further study while employed in the forestry, or a related, profession.

Once accepted onto the course, students choose to specialise in one of two distinct degree ‘streams’; Ecology and Management, or Trees, Forests and People. The Ecology and Management stream is designed for those with a stronger interest in ecology and science (including maths) whereas the Trees, Forests and People stream will appeal to those applicants with a thirst to learn more about the interrelationships between forests and society. Teaching and learning for each module is supported by a guided reading handbook plus various learning materials hosted on our ‘virtual learning environment’, such as online lectures and seminars, e-books, journal articles, scientific reports, podcasts, and discussion 

Key Modules

The part-time nature of this course enables students to build their career alongside other work or personal commitments. Current students and recent graduates have secured jobs as commercial forest managers, forest surveyors, ecological consultants, forestry finance advisors and business start-ups. Careers prospects also include promotion for those already in the forestry or related professions. The part-time nature of the course opens up numerous opportunities for study, travel, scholarship and research and students are encouraged to take advantage of these.

Module & Subject

The programme has two parts.

Part 1 (Ecology and Management stream):

  • Silviculture considers the principles of silviculture, including species selection according to site conditions, artificial and natural regeneration of woodlands and interventions. The module also includes the management of mixed forest stands and the silviculture of forests in transition (transformation, conversion).
  • Forestry Study Tour (name TBC): This module is a week-long study tour of important and interesting field sites usually in England and/or Wales. Each year the tour focusses on an issue of contemporary relevance. You will meet and discuss with practicing foresters and land managers in conservation organisations, research institutes and public agencies. The residential nature of the study tour means that full-time and part-time students can fully immerse themselves in the subject for a week. Assessment is through a post study tour write-up and reflection.
  • Forest Ecosystems. The purpose of this module is to present the occurrence and ecology of different forest types. Emphasis will be placed on forest biota and soils, nutrient cycling, hydrology, pollution, climate change and forest health.
  • Natural Resource Management gives students a theoretical understanding of the systems approach to managing natural resources (such as forests), as well as a practical grounding in the ways in which natural resource managers (including foresters) can draw on different kinds of knowledge sources.
  • Forest Management Planning. This module develops an understanding of the forest management planning process, and its use in the sustainable management of rural resources. Students develop management plans for real-world forestry situations which involves setting management objectives, considering landscape features, devising appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques and quantifying the costs of management operations. Students are required to attend a week-long residential in Bangor during the spring of their 2nd year of study to complete this module.
  • Forest Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring: The purpose of this module is to consider ways in which forest resources can be assessed and recorded for their growth and development to be monitored. It will provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of the specialist areas of mensuration, forest inventory and forest resource monitoring.

Part 1 (Forests, Trees and People stream):

  • Silviculture considers the principles of silviculture, including species selection according to site conditions, artificial and natural regeneration of woodlands and interventions. The module also includes the management of mixed forest stands and the silviculture of forests in transition (transformation, conversion).
  • Social Issues in Forest Management: The purpose of the module is to consider the ways in which social, cultural, economic and political factors can influence the shape and scope of forest management systems and how these may affect the livelihoods of communities living in or close to forests.
  • Sustainable Use of Non-Timber Forest Products: The purpose of the module is to give students an understanding of the ways in which forests may be managed in ways which recognise the value and enterprise development potential of non-timber forest products (NTFP’s). Due consideration will be given to production systems for ‘wild’ products which arise without human intervention and products derived from cultivation of products in forests and from trees outside forests.
  • Forestry Study Tour (name TBC): This module is a week-long study tour of important and interesting field sites usually in England and/or Wales. Each year the tour focusses on an issue of contemporary relevance. You will meet and discuss with practicing foresters and land managers in conservation organisations, research institutes and public agencies. The residential nature of the study tour means that full-time and part-time students can fully immerse themselves in the subject for a week. Assessment is through a post study tour write-up and reflection.
  • Forest History, Policy and Management: The purpose of this module is to explore how the needs and values of society in relation to woodlands and forests change over time and how these changes influence their structure, management and composition. This module will question many common misconceptions about forestry and will provide students with a much broader and deeper understanding of this vast subject.

Students on the Forests, Trees and People stream choose from one of the following:

  • Natural Resource Management gives students a theoretical understanding of the systems approach to managing natural resources (such as forests), as well as a practical grounding in the ways in which natural resource managers (including foresters) can draw on different kinds of knowledge sources.
  • Agroforestry Systems and Practice: This module is designed to give students in-depth perspectives of the fascinating interface between forestry and agriculture. The module is international in outlook and considers temperate and tropical regions.

Part 2 (both streams)

  • Dissertation: Execution and written presentation of a suitable scientific project which is devised by the student and an individual academic supervisor and validated by the Course Director. A suitable project entails a worthwhile scientific question, of direct relevance to the degree, established within the context of current knowledge and concepts that allows the formulation and testing of one or more hypotheses. This typically involves up to 12 months part-time work, typically including: 2–3 months to prepare a research proposal, 2–3 months for data collection in the field, laboratory or computer; 2–3 months for data analysis; and 2–3 months for writing-up.
Entry Requirements
  • Generally a 2(i) undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant science or technology subject is required, such as biology, horticulture, agriculture, law, economics, engineering, environmental science. Applications from mature students who do not have higher education qualifications but have relevant work experience and who have worked for a minimum of 2 years in a position of responsibility and relevance to the degree will also be considered.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is required.
Foundation Campus

Oxford International Education Group

Pre - Sessional English

6 Month

Valid Agreement with NE

Yes

Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  13500.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Bangor Campus, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG uk
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER