School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

MSc Tropical Forestry – Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Distance Learning Scholarships

We are pleased to announce that up to 10 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries to study for our MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning: Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The scholarship also includes a generous bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory 14-day study tour which will be held in a country with notable tropical forest resources in July/August 2017.

This postgraduate course is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that tropical forests can provide. Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/ natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring, conservation and environmental protection.  The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their teaching.

The scholarships are only available for entrants who are able to start the course in September 2015.

Entry Criteria   

In order to be considered for a CSC scholarships, applicants are expected to have at least an upper second class degree in a relevant subject (e.g. forestry, conservation, land management, natural sciences, economics).  Relevant work experience is also valued.  Applicants with a lower second class degree with relevant and sufficient work experience may also be considered.

Regardless of English language ability and educational background, all applicants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Pakistan, Rwanda and Sri Lanka are required to take an IELTS and obtain a minimum overall score of 6.5, if they wish to be considered for a CSC scholarship.  In order for an award to be taken up in the 2015 academic year, the IELTS test must have been taken after October 2014.

Applicants from Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia do not need proof of English Language proficiency if they have studied their education through the medium of English.

In order to study this course, students must have regular access to a computer with internet access, as the University cannot provide these to distance learning students.  Scholars who do not have the opportunity to frequently access a reliable computer with reliable internet access will find that their distance learning experience will be hugely compromised.  A small study grant (GBP £10 a month) is provided to successful scholars to assist them with the costs of computing and internet access.

Applicants should ensure they are eligible for entry to the course and that distance learning is suitable for them before applying for a CSC scholarship.

Application procedure

Application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)

In order to be considered for nomination for a CSC scholarship, you will have to apply to the CSC, as follows:

Bangor University scholarship nomination procedure

  • In order for us to nominate the most suitable applicants, we shall select candidates for scholarships based on the batch applications to the CSC EAS. To assist us in this, please outline the following in the 'personal statement' section of your CSC EAS application form
  • Why you want to study tropical forestry at postgraduate level’
  • Why distance learning is your preferred route for undertaking further education
  • Why you are well-suited to study by distance learning
  • How your registration on a distance learning forestry course will fit into your existing work and personal commitments
  • You may also add other relevant information and/or experience you feel is necessary to support your application.
  • You should ensure that your application includes two suitable references.
  • Once we have drawn up a shortlist, we will arrange telephone interviews with applicants in late May.  Therefore, you MUST include both your email address and a telephone number by which we can contact you.  Applicants who we are unable to contact via email or telephone in late May for interview will not be shortlisted.

Application to Bangor University

Applicants wishing to be considered for a scholarship should not apply to Bangor until they have received information that they have been shortlisted. Applicants who are nominated by Bangor University for the CSC scholarship will be required to apply to Bangor University by 14th June 2015 using the online application form. We will then submit our nominations (10 nominees plus 5 reserves) to the CSC who will make the final decisions.  We expect the CSC to announce their final decisions by July 2015.

Course details

This course is part-time via distance learning.  We estimate that students need to be able to commit at least 15 hours per week. The course runs over three years.  During years 1 and 2 students study course modules which are assessed via individual and group coursework assignments and exams.  Year 3 is a self-directed dissertation. The course will include the following modules

*New module code to be confirmed

Further enquiries about the course should be directed to or  

Ms Cherelle Jarvis, Course Administrator
email or telephone +44 (1248) 382281.

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