Tropical Forestry (International Commonwealth Scholarship) MSc by Distance Learning

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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

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The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography offers a postgraduate distance-learning course in Tropical Forestry, which is aimed specifically at international students who have been awarded a scholarship by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). We have secured CSC scholarships for 2017 entry. Up to 10 scholarships 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, 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 study tour scheduled to be held overseas in July/August 2019. A small study grant is also available to help scholars with internet, computing and other distance learning study costs. These scholarships are only available for entrants who are able to start the course in September 2017.

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 course, 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 course also includes a compulsory two-week study tour to a country with notable tropical forest resources in July/August 2019.

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

Course Content

Entry Requirements

Only international students who have been awarded a CSC scholarship are eligible to study on this course.

Applicants are expected to have at least an upper second class degree in a relevant subject (forestry, conservation, land management, natural sciences, economics). Candidates with lower qualifications (e.g. lower second class degree or professional qualifications) who have sufficient, relevant work experience may also be considered.

Unlike in previous years, the CSC no longer stipulate that candidates from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Rwanda need to provide evidence of their competence in English by means of IELTS. 

The CSC requires that all applicants ensure they have at least one independent references in support of their application.  Applications for scholarships MUST be made directly through the CSC Electronic Application System (see below).

In order to study on this programme, students must have regular access to a computer with internet access, as the University cannot provide such facilities 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 and are therefore strongly discouraged from applying. 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

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.

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

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We are pleased to announce that up to 10 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £14,550 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, Mozambique, 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 two-week study tour which will be held in a country with notable tropical forest resources in July/August 2019.

This postgraduate programme 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 2017.

Entry Criteria   

In order to be considered for a CSC scholarship, 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.

In order to study on this programme, students must have regular access to a computer with internet access, as the University cannot provide such facilities 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 must apply directly to the CSC, as follows:

  • Access the CSC Electronic Application System via http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/eas/ 
  • Carefully read the information guide for distance learning candidates
  • When you are ready to commence the application procedure, click on the link just below, titled "Click here to Access the System".
  • The deadline for completing submissions to the CSC EAS is 23:59 BST Friday 12th May 2017.
  • Ensure you give your two referees sufficient time to complete their section of the Electronic Application System form.
  • All queries from candidates about the CSC EAS should be directed to eas@cscuk.org.uk
  • Applicants who do not apply to the CSC cannot be considered for a CSC scholarship.

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 Future Career Plans (Objectives during the award)' 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 programme 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.
  • Two genuine 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 must 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 NO LATER THAN 17th June 2017 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 2017.

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

Further enquiries about the programme should be directed to distance@bangor.ac.uk or  

Ms Cherelle Jarvis, Course Administrator
email c.jarvis@bangor.ac.uk or telephone +44 (1248) 382281.

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