What our students say...
Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds, practically-based and academic. Some of our students are self-employed, some are employed by private-sector companies of various sizes, and others are employed in the public-sector. A few of our students left school at the earliest opportunity and have found our courses an ideal and accessible way to obtain a meaningful and respected higher-level paper qualification, and a springboard to new employment opportunities.
What our MSc Forestry and MSc Tropical Forestry students say...
MSc Food Security in a Changing Environment
“For me the most significant research highlighted in this [Carbon footprinting] module is the impact of our farming methods on greenhouse gas emissions, and how we could reduce these by changing our practices. [It has helped me when] speaking to farmers and other professionals and organizations who work with farmers, government officials as well as changing our practices on the home farm."
“[The best thing about Resource Efficient Farming] was actually having to go and do a phosphorus budget. The “joke” about my first degree was always that “I know what phosphorus does but I’ve no idea how to apply it to a crop. This [Agriculture and Society] module showed me that controversial issues can be openly discussed, and are 'fifty shades of grey' rather than two opposing camps. All that hard work really is worth it!"
“I have already used the insights several times in my day to day work in sustainability. In subtle ways, such as language and getting people to look at issues. [Ecosystem services was a] very interesting topic – helped me learn about a new way to consider land management and how we value land”
“I am already applying the learning [from the Climate Change module] in writing [research] proposals. I would like to extend the system boundary of the CF [carbon footprinting] study that I conducted in this module from farm gate to grave and see how the CF of maize varies in the two approaches. National University of Lesotho has expressed its interest to take the findings of my research further and estimate what is the household environmental burden."
MSc Forestry and Tropical Forestry
“The Module was exceptional - very informative and well organized. It was very valuable for my current job. Learning about ecological interactions helps us to take life as a holistic system and not an island.”
“Diverse case studies were key in comprehending the important topics and issues covered.”
“I really appreciated the amount of work that had gone into creating the electronic reading list, making materials very accessible.”
“I found the lecture videos to be most valuable.”
“I particularly liked the group seminars because this is the part of the module which was most interactive and concepts were discussed exhaustively.”
“As a distance learner the most valuable part of the course was a well-structured blackboard site for the module content which made it easy to follow along with content around the rest of my life.”
“The most interesting aspects included matching species to site, continuous cover forestry, ecological site classification and tropical forest silviculture.”
“I really enjoyed learning about resilience and sustainable livelihoods, these brought together and enhanced ideas I had been nursing for years in a productive way and is something I am now really interested in and will continue to learn about.”
“The lecturers have all provided very varied experienced views on the interdisciplinary nature of natural resource management. As someone who has come from a very forestry focused background (mostly), I have found this broadening of thinking and approach very useful and actually quite inspiring.”
“The training in planning and GIS software alone was worth the whole cost of the degree.”
“The residential component was very useful, getting together with people and sharing experiences. Practical elements are always great; the forest visits were valuable and very much appreciated.”
“Self-assessments and model answers were very useful. Feedback and comments from [the teaching staff] were very beneficial.”
“This module definitely informed my work as a Forester.”
“Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) were not something I had put a lot of thought into. Having completed the module, now I feel that it is an important part of the management of forests and woodlands and will only become more so in the future.”
“I liked that the assessments were based on investigation of real life aspects relevant to our respective countries. The fact that students are located in many different countries but have the opportunity to discuss and compare makes it much more interesting. It's a really good concept for a distance learning course.”
“I loved the practicability of this module. I really enjoyed doing the inventory, even though it had a number of challenges.”
“I gained a lot of new skills regarding data collection, data analysis and data interpretation of forest inventory results.”
Every year, we hold a UK Forestry Study Tour for those studying on the Forestry (distance learning) programmes. Every other year, we hold a Tropical Forestry Study Tour, as part of the Tropical Forestry (distance learning) programme.
These are residential programmes, enabling students to visit a wide range of relevant sites, plus the chance to meet with fellow students, staff and a range of experts, including forest managers, research scientists, policy makers, non-governmental organisations and others.
For many students, these are the most valuable and memorable part of our programmes, bringing a whole range of issues to life and providing vital context, background and substance to this fascinating subject area.
Tropical Forestry Study Tour
“To have the actual experience of tropical forestry instead of only learning it from books was really valuable to me.”
“I was very impressed with how this challenging and ambitious module was organised. It allowed students to put into practice what we had learnt in all other modules such as agroforestry, silviculture, and forest monitoring and assessment.”
“The group research was most valuable to me because I was able to interact with my lecturers and classmates from different parts of the world. This module helped me to understand experimental research and to collect data. I enjoyed talking face to face with my lecturers and discussing the challenges I faced as distance learning student.”
UK Forestry Study Tour
“I had a really wonderful time - and learned so much. The sites were so varied and fascinating. The people we met super interesting, and getting to discuss our thoughts with you guys, and the fellow students - really great. A really top trip.”
“It was great to meet you all, make friends and spend the week discussing all things forestry. And in such beautiful countryside!”
Read a blog about the study tour by one of our students
Here’s what some of our recent graduates have said about our distance learning forestry programmes.
Patrick Duffy (Scotland), MSc. Forestry. Graduated 2016
"The MSc is a big undertaking around work and other life commitments, but well worth the journey. Modules and subject areas provide varied subjects and up-to-date research and insight. Each one offers a milestone achievement each time. Very rewarding overall. Forestry is also much more than about trees, although there is quite a lot about trees!"
Joe Gray (England), MSc. Forestry. Graduated 2016
“Choosing to study at Bangor ranks among the very best decisions I have ever made.”
Hannah Maggs (England), MSc. Forestry. Graduated 2016
“The distance learning staff were thoughtful, supportive and considerate. I thoroughly recommend the course!”
Hans Sukhdeo (Guyana), MSc. Forestry. Graduated 2015
“I found the experience invaluable, as I have had the chance to interact with many people of various backgrounds and culture and it has helped me to grow in my understanding of not just forestry, but also many other aspects, such as the social aspects associated with forestry, for example.”
Alice Snowden (Scotland), MSc Forestry & Forest Products. Graduated 2014
“I enrolled on this MSc course at the suggestion of my employers, and was supported throughout by them. I have a science background and several years of experience in the forest nursery industry. I found the course material very interesting; an excellent academic base of information in each module and credit … to all the module organisers and lecturers involved! Personal and prompt feedback, excellent course notes, books and assignments, the sheer quality of online resources, the quality of the summer school and the opportunity to meet the other students (many involved throughout the profession) make this course a career-changing opportunity, in particular for those already involved in forestry.”
Jim White (England), PG Dip Forestry. Graduated 2014
“I am pleased and grateful for the opportunity to have achieved a PG Dip and the process of getting there, at least, has helped me develop my skills and knowledge which I have managed to put to good use in my work and the services I can offer to my woodland owning clients and of course for the development of my business overall.”