Tropical Forestry (International Commonwealth Scholarship) MSc by Distance Learning


Course facts

  • Name: Tropical Forestry (International Commonwealth Scholarship)
  • Qualification: MSc. If for some reason students have to withdraw from the programme before completion, and they have gained sufficient credits, they may be eligible for a PG Certificate or a PG Diploma.
  • Duration: 3 year part-time for completion of the MSc


The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography offers a postgraduate distance-learning programme in Tropical Forestry, which is aimed specifically at international students who have been awarded a scholarship by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).

The CSC has supported this programme every year from 2011 to 2017 and we are hopeful for further scholarships in the future.  Please bookmark this webpage and re-visit it in future to find out if further scholarships are available.

Details of the previous scholarship offer is described below.

We have in the past had up to 15 scholarships per year 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, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The scholarships are worth over £14,550 to cover tuition fees, plus a generous bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory study tour scheduled to be held overseas in July/August every other year (for example, 2015, 2017, 2019…). A small study grant is also available to help scholars with internet, computing and other distance learning study costs.

MSc Tropical Forestry is part-time and is completed in three years. It builds on the existing links and strengths of the highly successful forestry masters programmes in SENRGY: MSc Sustainable Forest Management (SUFONAMA), MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) and Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO). These related programmes were developed by European Masters consortiums and funded by the EU Erasmus Mundus programme.

The programme is designed to provide students with an enriching education in the subject of tropical forestry, understanding of the scientific, academic and practical principles which underpin forest conservation, protection and management and forest ecosystem function and the interrelationships between government, industry and communities’ forests and associated land-use. Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring 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 programme, which is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of direct relevance to professionals working in the field of Tropical Forestry. Key modules cover the increasing importance of social issues in forest management, the complex challenges and multiple benefits of well-managed agroforestry systems and the sustainable use of non-timber forest products. Modules in inventory, assessment and monitoring look at other significant issues surrounding the sustainable management of global forest resources. The programme also includes a compulsory two-week study tour to a country with notable tropical forest resources.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Entry Requirements

Please note we do not currently have any scholarships for this programme. 

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


We do not currently have any CSC scholarships available for this programme. Please bookmark this webpage and revisit it regularly to find out if this situation changes. 

If you are able to self-fund your studies, please submit an application as soon as possible via the Bangor University application portal. 

Further enquiries should be directed to or telephone +44 (1248) 382281.

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