MSc Tropical Forestry – Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Distance Learning Scholarships

We are pleased to announce that up to 5 fully-funded Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) 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: Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, 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 programme 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 programme in September 2018.

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 £150 / year) is provided to successful scholars to assist them with the costs of computing and internet access.

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

Application procedure

Application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)

Applicants who do not apply directly to the CSC cannot be considered for a CSC scholarship on MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning).
In order to be considered for nomination for a CSC scholarship, you must apply directly to the CSC. 

Please note: The CSC online application portal will open on 1st April 2018

On or after the 1st April 2018:

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 shortlisted by Bangor University for the CSC scholarship will be contacted by email to arrange a telephone interview shortly after 31st May 2018.  Shortlisted applicants will also be required to apply to Bangor University directly using the Bangor University online application form. We will then submit our nominations (5 nominees plus 5 reserves) to the CSC who will make the final decisions.  We expect the CSC to announce their final decisions by July 2018.

Programme details

This programme 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 the Course Administrator or telephone +44 (1248) 382281.