Woodland in spring with bluebells out.

Forestry

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Why Study Forestry?

Forests, vital to the global ecosystem, cover 30% of the world’s land area. Forestry is concerned with the understanding and sustainable management of these forests for the benefit of society.  Our degrees will prepare you for the challenge of managing forests for the many benefits they provide, at a time of global environmental change.

Our teaching extensively utilises our unique location by combining traditional lectures with field trips that demonstrate real forestry practicalities and current environmental issues. Our extensive local, national and international networks and our active research programmes allow us to deliver high quality teaching addressing cutting-edge issues, as this report from an international exchange student from Canada illustrates. We work closely with, and introduce students to, UK organisations such as Natural Resources WalesForestry CommissionWoodland TrustForest Research and the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the Small Woods Association.

Many of our courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and gives partial fulfilment of Professional Membership Entry.

Career Opportunities in Forestry

Employers are always looking for forestry graduates who are self-motivated and enjoy working with people. Over 80% of our graduates find a forestry-related job within six months of graduation, and are employed by public, private and non-governmental organisations both in the UK and overseas. Our unique history, reputation and teaching excellence makes our forestry graduates highly employable.

Take a look at the video to see the possible career options for Forestry graduates and read our profiles page to see what graduates are up too.

We work closely with, and introduce students to, UK organisations such as Natural Resources WalesForestry CommissionWoodland TrustForest Research and the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the Small Woods Association.

Our Research in Forestry

We are at the forefront of international forestry research we have a fantastic reputation for our research activities. Our students and academic staff are active collaborators with international organisations such as the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, Costa Rica (CATIE), the Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia (CIFOR), and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Our research team is multidisciplinary and spans the entire breadth of the forestry discipline. We have active research programmes investigating boreal and tropical forests, and everything in between. Our work concerns forests and climate change adaption, mitigation, deforestation, biodiversity, disaster recovery, food security, flood protection, nutrient cycling, human wellbeing, conservation and the role of forests in recreation.

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