School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
The Tropical Forestry MSc represents a natural addition to our highly successful and well-respected MSc Forestry course and has been developed in collaboration with the prestigious University of Copenhagen.
The course provides part-time students from across the world with training in the management of forest resources, understanding of the scientific, academic and practical principles which underpin forest management, forest measurement and forest ecosystem function and the interrelationships between government, industry and communities’ forests and associated land-use.
The Tropical Forestry MSc is part-time and the full MSc is completed in three years. It builds on the existing links and strengths of the highly successful masters programmes: MSc Sustainable Forest Management (SUFONAMA) and MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR). These programmes were developed by European Masters consortiums and funded by the EU Erasmus Mundus programme.
The Tropical Forestry MSc is primarily designed to allow students to undertake a Master of Science level course whilst they remain in full-time employment or pursue other interests. Teaching and learning is supported by a guided reading handbook plus various supplementary materials, such as books, journal articles, scientific reports, online lectures, podcasts, discussion forums and a ‘virtual learning environment’.
The Tropical Forestry MSc at Bangor is designed to develop participants' existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. The course also enables students to develop their own research and professional interests within the context of specific course modules. The course benefits hugely from advances in communication technology, allowing students to interact with each other and with academic staff on a regular basis. The wide range of backgrounds, expertise, interests and skills amongst both the staff and students on the programme make for a hugely enriching learning experience.
The course is closely linked with all aspects of the forest industry, both in the UK and beyond. Students are encouraged to seek opportunities and make their own links that relate to their own area of interest and expertise and are supported in this process. Students on the course receive regular updates regarding the latest news, jobs, placements and other opportunities in the forestry sector.
The part-time nature of this course enables students to build their career alongside other work or personal commitments. There are excellent employment opportunities in the broad area of tropical forestry including national government, international organisations and consultancies. Many recent graduates on related courses have gone on to do PhD research. 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.
Dr James Walmsley, Course Director
Cherelle Jarvis, Course Administrator
+44 (0) 1248 382448 (Dr Walmsley)
+44 (0) 1248 382281 (Ms Jarvis)
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MSc/Pg Diploma/Pg Certificate (by Distance Learning)
Minimum duration: MSc: 3 years; Diploma: 2 years; Certificate: 1 year; Module: 15 weeks
A 2(i) undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant science or technology subject is required, such as forestry, biology, ecology, law, economics, environmental science, development studies. Applications from mature students without higher education qualifications but who 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 be considered.
IELTS: 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is required.