Conservation with Forestry BSc (Hons)
This course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and gives partial fulfilment of Professional Membership Entry.
Forests are the most biodiverse of all terrestrial ecosystems and contain the vast majority of the world’s terrestrial species. This degree provides an understanding of this biodiversity, the ways in which it is influenced by people, and the role that forests can play in reducing the impacts of human activities, including climate change. The degree focuses on the principles of biological conservation, forest ecology and forest ecosystem function, the practice of conservation, and the ways in which forests can be managed to meet conservation objectives. There are opportunities to study abroad in the second year and to spend up to 12 months working for a conservation or forestry organisation.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Bangor is one of the leading UK universities for forestry and conservation.
- Bangor University is ranked 6th in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).
- Bangor is ranked 7th in the UK for research quality (Agriculture and Forestry).
- Bangor is ranked 6th in the UK for graduate prospects (Agriculture and Forestry).
- The University teaches and does research on many aspects of the conservation and management of natural resources.
- We are situated in an ideal location for study, close to ancient semi-natural woodlands and other sites of conservation importance.
- The University owns 82 ha of woodland, many of them seminatural, which are used for teaching.
- We have an enthusiastic group of staff, with new academic appointments in a number of key conservation and forestry-related disciplines.
- We run week-long field courses in the first, second and final years of the degree.
- We have local, national and international links with a variety of governmental agencies and NGOs who are actively working on conservation projects and issues.
- We pay for student membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
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We use a wide variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures, practicals and fieldwork to seminars and tutorials. Seminars and tutorials concentrate on problem solving, study skills development and reinforcing material taught in lectures; their relaxed and informal atmosphere also encourages lively debate over current and contentious issues. Courses are assessed using a variety of methods involving coursework and examination. All modules make extensive use of the University’s ‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, which provides direct access to learning resources, course documents and lecture notes.
What will you study on this course?
On this course lectures, you will study through a mixture of tutorials, seminars and fieldwork. Our courses are modular and comprise suites of compulsory and optional modules. The latter allow you to expand your studies into new areas or develop specialisms that interest you.
This is an introduction to the principles of conservation, forestry and management.
Compulsory modules may include:
- Ecosystem Function and Services
- Environmental Management and Conservation
- Forestry in the 21st Century
- Environmental Data and Analysis
- Academic Tutorials
- Field Course: Making Snowdonia
This year builds upon the first year and develops your understanding of the practice of conservation. You take optional modules in those aspects of forestry that interest you most.
Compulsory modules may include:
- Principles of Conservation
- Silviculture and Inventory
- Conservation Practice
- Research Methods & GIS
- Forestry or Conservation Field Course
Optional modules may include:
- Catchment Processes
- Forest Health
- Forest and Woodland Management
In the final year you can choose to write a conservation management plan, and you will carry out an independent research project in a topic that particularly interests you, under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
Compulsory modules may include:
- Forest Ecology
- Forest Ecosystems
- Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Optional modules may include:
- Field Course: Tenerife
- Global Food Security
- Environmental Issues
- Renewable Energy
- Environmental Policy
- The Forestry Profession
- Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Conservation with Forestry Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
This course will equip you for a broad range of careers, including woodland conservation, woodland management and forest certification in both the public and private sectors. There is a constant demand for good graduates in forestry-related subjects, and every year we help our graduates to find a whole range of roles acreoss the UK and beyond.
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Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
Working while you Study
The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
- GO Wales opportunties
To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.
For 2018 entry:
- 104 tariff points from a level 3 qualification*(excluding General Studies), including a science subject at A2 level (acceptable science subjects are: Biology, Geography, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Economics, Psychology). Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- International Baccalaureate.
- DMM in the BTEC National/Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable BTEC subjects: Countryside Management, Forestry & Arboriculture, Applied Science).
- Science/Environmental-based Access course.
- Equivalent overseas qualifications.
- We consider mature students with substantial relevant experience on an individual basis.
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
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How to apply for Undergraduate programmes
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Option 1 – Applying directly to Bangor
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Why choose to study in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography?
The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) provides a wide range of undergraduate degrees in both traditional and interdisciplinary subjects, with staff expertise in geography, forestry, agriculture, environmental science and conservation. Bangor University and the School have a well-deserved national and international reputation for teaching, research and wider engagement with industry, government and the public. You will be taught by lecturers with a passion for their subject, many of whom are working on world-leading research.
- Rated Gold for Teaching Quality in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017).
- Top 10 university for Student Satisfaction* in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017.
- 63rd in UK in the Guardian University league tables 2018.
- 6th in the Guardian University league tables 2018 for Agriculture, Forestry and Food.
- 6th in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 6th in the UK for teaching quality in Geography and Environmental Sciences in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 6th in the UK for graduate prospects for Agriculture and Forestry in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 7th in the UK for research quality in Agriculture and Forestry in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 7th in the UK for Student experience in Geography and Environmental Sciences in The Times & The Sunday Times Good
- University Guide 2018.
- Global top 100 university for Agriculture and Forestry in the QS World University Rankings 2017.
- 19th in the Guardian university league tables 2018 for Student Satisfaction (course) in Geography and Environmental Studies.
- 100% in work &/or in further study (Environmental Conservation) National Student Survey 2017.
- 100% overall satisfaction (Environmental Science) National Student Survey 2017.
Unrivalled location and fieldwork opportunities
North Wales has been named fourth best regions in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet (2017) due to its stunning location. Our university is uniquely located between the stunning North Wales coastline and the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. It is the natural environment for learning, and we are ideally placed to study the outstanding surrounding landscape. The Snowdonia National Park is less than 20 minutes away and provides a living laboratory on our doorstep for much of our teaching and research.
As well as upland and lowland areas, internationally recognised for their landscape and geomorphology, North Wales contains 10 National Nature Reserves and 83 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including several of the highest significance at a European level, 4 Heritage Coasts and 2 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will find plenty of places to visit in Snowdonia and on the Isle of Anglesey, a World Heritage Site due to its geology. We are also within easy reach of Liverpool or Manchester, and only a short ferry trip from Dublin for days out or shopping trips.
The School organises many UK and overseas field courses, including our introductory first year course where you will spend a week enhancing your field skills and knowledge through our Making Snowdonia module. All compulsory fieldwork is provided free of charge, with optional overseas third year trips to Tenerife, Spain or Ghana. By participating in a variety of local and international field courses you will gain a wealth of experience and develop key skills.
Teaching and Learning
Our lecturers are teaching-innovators and we take pride that many of our staff are award-winning lecturers, nominated by our own students. Many of our staff are world-leading researchers, so you will be learning at the forefront of research into key global issues. You will be taught by experts through a variety of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals and fieldwork, all to develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen subject.
Depending upon your degree you will receive training in important professional tools such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and MATLAB. You will also gain skills in data handling, retrieval and presentation, statistical analysis and social data methods. You will learn how to explore spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social datasets. We have computing suites located within the School, and have access to high-level GIS software and extensive spatial data and maps.
World-leading research and facilities
Research submitted by the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). As well as securing a high national ranking, more than 80% of the research material submitted was rated as internationally excellent, including 25% as world-leading.
The Environment Centre for Wales (ECW) is a partnership between the UK Government’s flagship Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University, bringing together 60 leading environmental scientists with a wide range of knowledge and experience. You will have access to our laboratory in ECW for student project (dissertation) work with a wide range of plant, soil and other environmental analytical facilities available. These include climate-controlled growth rooms, radioisotope and environmental microbiology laboratories, and equipment to monitor environmental samples for pollution, contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, and DNA.
The School has its own field station, Henfaes Research Centre, located just outside the city, with land rising from salt marsh and agriculturally improved lowland on the coast to open mountain grazing at 1000 metres above sea level. Henfaes has extensive field, glasshouse and laboratory research facilities, and hosts a number of important international and national network research experiments such as Bangor DIVERSE and COSMOS-UK. It is also a commercial upland sheep farm, which includes agri-environment schemes agreed with the Welsh Government, with a proportion of the land comprising the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve.
The School also works closely with Treborth Botanic Garden, a spectacular site on the shores of the Menai Strait that has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. The garden has 15 ha of native woodland, 2 ha of species-rich unimproved grassland, a 1 ha managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs. There are also six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants. SENRGy students have the opportunity to establish their own research projects (dissertations) at the garden, and to develop their botanical and ecological skills through garden workshops, specialist courses and internships.
*excluding specialist institutions.
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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