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...
- About individual modules
- About Summer Schools
- About the course in general
- Where are students now?
- Distance- Learning Courses
DDL-4201 Social Issues in Forest Management (Spring 2017)
“A very worthwhile and valuable module, continuing the very high standard of the programme. Thank you.”
“Diverse case studies were key in comprehending the important topics and issues covered.”
“I think it’s a very valuable module for foresters to take. I enjoyed all of it; even the more complicated subjects.”
“I found the lecture videos to be most valuable.”
“The group work topics were excellently judged.”
“I really appreciated the amount of work that had gone into creating the electronic reading list, making materials very accessible.”
DXX-4530 Forest Management Planning – Spring 2017
“I had a great time on the Forest Management Planning module in Bangor. The training in planning and GIS software alone was worth the whole cost of the degree.”
“Fantastic module. Very much enjoyed the residential week which was well organised and very informative. I also learned a lot from other students because of the way in which James made everyone’s contribution matter and encouraged group discussion.”
“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.”
“The most practical part of the course was the GIS training - massive thanks to Andrew for doing such a great job on writing the tutorials. I've wanted to use ARCGIS for years and now I feel confident to doing so.”
DDL-4202 Silviculture – Autumn 2016
“I particularly liked the group seminars because this is the part of the module which was most interactive and concepts were discussed exhaustively.”
“I really liked the way the lecturers react to and interact with the students. It really felt like they wanted to share their knowledge and passion rather than just giving a lecture”
“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 could not fault the structure of this module; it covers a broad range of topics and still managed sufficient depth that enabled me to advance my expertise.”
DXX-4505 Natural Resource Management - Autumn 2016
“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 most valuable things about this module were the innovative lecturers' point of view, the possibility to show and discuss an opinion, the enthusiasm of lecturers and the fact they take into consideration what you think.”
“The subject matter is very interesting and the lectures were well delivered. A lot of effort had clearly gone into making a helpful, targeted reading list for this module.”
“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.”
“I found all the lectures very interesting, informative and well delivered really bringing the topics covered to life. The real-world case studies utilised made the presentations very relevant and up to date. They combined well with the reading material and other resources provided.”
DDL-4004 Agroforestry Systems and Practices - Autumn 2016
“I greatly valued all the lecturer's enthusiasm and they all kept me interested in the subjects they explored. I also found that the resources that were made available on Blackboard had all the information I needed to complete assessments.”
“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.”
Forest Ecosystems – Summer 2016
“Self-assessments and model answers were very useful. Feedback and comments from [the teaching staff] were very beneficial.
“The lectures were very informative and significantly helped learning. The core text was well written and explained complicated subject matter in an relatively easy to understand way”
“There was a broad range of reading material with sufficient background reading if required. Feedback was always given promptly.”
“this module definitely informed my work as a forester.”
Sustainable Use of Non-Timber Forest Products – Summer 2016
“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.
“The module booklets were written in an accessible, almost conversational style which made them easy to read. This was welcome.”
“The guided reading came from a wide range of sources, not just academic journals. The assignments, although taking me out of my comfort zone, forced me to work in a way more similar to the 'real world' than in a purely academic manner.”
“I think all aspects of the module were great. I acquired valuable knowledge that I’m sure will help me in my daily work, particularly in projects concerning sustainable utilization of the NTFPs.”
Forestry Study Tour – Spring 2016
“Thanks to you [James Walmsley] (and of course Mark Rayment and Tim Pagella) for an amazing field trip - it really was brilliant. Great variation of interesting projects and lots to think about. I had such a good time.”
“This is just a quick note to say thanks so much for an excellent 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.”
“Thanks again for all the wonderful days on the Study Tour!”
“It was great to meet you all, make friends and spend the week discussing all things forestry. And in such beautiful countryside!”
“I found the Study Tour an excellent module, learnt a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Many thanks to Mark, Tim and yourself [James] for making it so beneficial.”
Forest Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring – Spring 2016
“I loved the practicability of this module. I really enjoyed doing the inventory, even though it had a number of challenges.”
“Overall, I felt I made huge progress in understanding this aspect of forestry, much of which was very new to me."
“The exercises and assessments were very valuable.”
“I gained a lot of new skills regarding data collection, data analysis and data interpretation of forest inventory results.”
“I was forced out of my comfort zone to learn things that were mostly foreign to me. I learned a whole new set of skills which are ultimately highly practical and useable.“
“The video lectures produced 'in a forest' for measuring tree and forest attributes, and the university-produced booklets, introduced the content in a readable and concise manner.”
The students who completed this module were asked several questions about their experience, including:
“Having completed this module, I now feel more capable of planning and undertaking forest inventory, assessment and monitoring activities”
97% agreed with this statement.
“Did I learn skills in could transfer to future employment?”
97% agreed with this statement.
Forest Ecosystems - Autumn 2015
“The module structure is coherent, logical and very topical”.
“The readings were highly focused and the feedback extremely helpful.”
“I now have a much greater understanding of the function of forest ecosystems in terms of what influences its function and stability and how that might be protected with forest management practices.”
“I developed ecosystem level thinking, rather than simply focussing on the forest stand level.”
“The skills and knowledge I learnt on this module will definitely be very useful and relevant to my current and future employment.”
Agroforestry Systems - Autumn 2015
“The quizzes were helpful to gauge where I was in my understanding of the material. Furthermore, feedback was immediate.”
“The discussion forum questions were engaging and I found them valuable.“
“Definitely I have learnt a lot from this module and what I have learnt will be applied in my future employment”
“The reading list was very good. ”
“The opportunity to participate in the module as a part time distance learning student was fantastic. Lectures can be followed any time and Blackboard is very well designed for distance learning.”
“I really valued learning how farmer managed natural regeneration is being used to restore the park lands of the Sahel.”
Silviculture - Autumn 2015
“The group discussions were very valuable“
“The module was a success. My first Higher Education experience for six years, so it took me some time to get back into the swing of things. I love the lectures; it makes me s happy to be with you in a university environment. In the beginning, I knew zit-all, now I feel I have a competent understanding of Silviculture.”
“I loved the live lectures.”
“I found the ability to introduce myself to academic concepts, and in particular the scientific method, very helpful.”
“I found access to scientific papers to be easy. The unit handbooks were clear and well structured.”
“It is my view that the group interaction fostered on blackboard is most valuable as it helps to bring a number of views to the table many of the concepts introduced in the module.”
“Prompt feedback was given whenever an issue or problem was raised.”
DXX-4519 Location Specific Knowledge / Preparing Fieldwork in the Tropics - Spring/Summer 2015
"The group discussion forum was very useful because it enabled us to build team spirit that will help me to execute my other tasks."
"The module is very well presented. I liked how the module was divided into weekly sections and this allowed me to follow through easily."
"Being taken so carefully through the process of developing a sound research proposal has been very useful for me as my work involves developing proposals in order to secure funds for my organisation."
"After we had submitted our group proposal, I really enjoyed the opportunity to peer review a proposal submitted by another group. It was really helpful to then be able to use the peer reviews to improve our final submission."
DDL-4003 Forest History, Policy and Management - Summer 2015
"Alec's videos encouraging us to think, instead of simply saying what is happening, were incredibly thought provoking."
"Giving us space within the timetable of the module to think about really broad-level issues, as well as mulling over historical aspects, was a masterstroke. There was some really provocative material on the reading list."
"Clearly this module has been very carefully thought out. The question-based discussion forums worked for me too. The best of any module."
"The extensive literature available to students was extremely valuable. The background work that had gone into drawing a line through a huge amount of information made it very approachable."
"The field-based webcasts gave a sense of context to a great deal of the literature."
Social Issues in Forest Management - Spring 2015
"I really enjoyed the module overall."
"I found Unit 3 (’Forests, trees and human wellbeing’) particularly interesting, but also topics relevant to the future protection of forests and their communities, such as local governance. Overall very engaging."
"Excellent range and relevance of resources provided."
"The lectures were very good. Having a fairly free choice on the essay was excellent."
“In discussion with fellow group members, we all agreed how brilliant the staff input from James Brockington was. When we sent in our essay plans, feedback was given really quickly with lots of additional points. This was really useful and the time put into it was very much appreciated.”
“Queries were responded to very quickly.”
Silviculture - Autumn 2014
“This module successfully blended traditional silvicultural ideas with modern ones”
“Having the different lecturers / professors with differing forestry skills/backgrounds was most informative in expanding on specific topics from their personal perspectives”
“The course handbooks were very good and the lectures were truly excellent.”
“The overall nature of the module felt progressive in terms of the content covered. Whatever mark I end up getting, it's put me in a great position going into the dissertation.”
“Group work hugely aided in learning, stimulated thinking outside of the box and meant I was confronted with other students' opinions, vital in a Masters level course.”
“Panopto lectures [real-time recording of slides and audio from lectures] is very helpful as they give an opportunity to review material afterwards and are perfect for exam preparation.”
Dissertation – academic year 2013-14
“The dissertation has greatly improved my ability to think critically and sharpened my writing skills.”
“The most valuable part of the dissertation was when I interacted with my supervisor in the course of doing the research work and write-up of the dissertation.”
“I learnt many skills that I could transfer to future employment, such as planning and conducting research, attention to detail, critical thinking, handling large data sets, structuring research reports and developing written arguments.”
“My dissertation led me on to a consultancy commission.”
Sustainable Use of Non-Timber Forest Products - Summer 2014
“I found the resource management and livelihoods and enterprises aspects very valuable as these two issues are highly expressed in my country's forest policy and are being currently implemented.”
“I feel lucky to be a student on the module, as Dr Jenny Wong is clearly uniquely placed to provide insight into these areas and has done so very well, whilst James Brockington is both knowledgeable and very helpful. There is no shortage of enthusiasm among the staff and this is very motivating. The speed that marking of assessment 1 was turned around was very impressive.”
“Of most interest and value was the management and use of NTFPs. Since Guyana is yet to do much work regarding NTFPs, the knowledge gained was extremely useful for development of codes of practice and sustainable utilisation of NTFPs.”
“The most valuable aspects of this module include the organisation of the learning, in which the student has to work in the field to obtain materials and learn things on the ground, which are then used in coursework assessments.”
Forest Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring – Spring 2014
“I have just been offered a job as a forest surveyor, taking part in the UK National Forest Inventory :) I am sure that I would not have been offered the job without this module, so thank you.”
“As a result of studying this module, I am now discussing with my current employer to start a program on community based monitoring system for both smallholder farmers exotic woodlots and indigenous woodlots to contribute to the present efforts of achieving sustainable wood sources in the Malawian tobacco industry.”
“Panopto video lectures were clear and interesting. The booklets for Units 1, 2 and 3 are very well redacted and provide useful information in a clear form which is not easy to find somewhere else. The course text book by M.S. Philip is a very good source of clear and relevant information. Overall the module is well structured and provides the fundamental information for concerning forest inventory, monitoring and assessment.”
“The unit booklets were excellent and the self-tests on blackboard really embedded the learning. James's encouragement of discussion on the forum led to really helpful exchanges of information, too.”
“I have learnt a lot especially in relation to statistics, which I did not understand very well before but now I have learnt a lot and this is an area that I am currently working on in my job. I am also designing a community MRV plan so this course (and the 3rd assessment) has indeed helped me greatly.”
Forest Ecosystems - Autumn 2013
“I'm thoroughly enjoying my opening weeks on the distance-learning course and am very impressed by the organization of the whole thing.”
“Much obliged both for your support throughout this module. It was interesting, informative, and challenging in equal measure. Can't ask for much more than that.”
“Feedback from the module organiser was fantastic - it really helped direct efforts on study in general and specifically in the final stages of the essay writing. The wealth of research material available via Bangor's online infrastructure is mind-blowing.”
“The most valuable aspects of this module were the clear structure, guided reading and the assessments for which you could submit for feedback on your progress.”
“The knowledge and skills I acquired were of direct relevance to my current employment.”
“The most valuable as aspect of this module has been the feedback to the assessments provided by Dr Smith”
Agroforestry Systems and Practice – Autumn 2013
“I thought the most valuable aspects of this module were the weekly tutorials as they allowed me to grasp vividly the concepts behind each topic.”
“The IT services (Library) and access to a wide variety of journals offered an opportunity to read widely on the core module subjects.”
“The quality of feedback and the speed at which it was returned.”
“The two summative assessments were most valuable. It allowed the students to dig into various references to read and critically analyse. I found them very useful.”
“The recorded lectures and tutorials were also useful so that distance learning students were not left out of benefits derived from classroom learning and the opinions of students and lectures in the learning process.”
“The discussion board is a good tool for distance learning students to get their questions answered and to get involved in the discussion of the various topics.”
Forest History, Policy and Management - Summer 2013
"The audio-visual module introduction, unit introductions and field videos were useful. These were presented in a calm, open, warming yet professional manner which encouraged greater engagement with the course."
"The essay question was thought-provoking and encouraged a good deal of research which was challenging and enjoyable."
"I really enjoyed learning about policy development and the historical insights into the creation and evolution of the Forestry Commission in the UK."
"The variety of learning materials were excellent."
"Very interesting topic. It was surprising to learn how forestry is heavily influenced by people and how policy can help to shape the future."
Research Methods - Spring 2013
"This module has helped me to get in depth knowledge on how master's dissertation is written and conducted."
"I was really satisfied with the handbook "Succeeding with your Master's Dissertation" by John Biggam. It is user friendly and very comprehensive study guide. Equally the Unit booklets were very helpful particularly the Unit 1 booklet. I must also say that the Skype/Phone tutorials were also very helpful."
"I am very happy with the way the module organisers put the content together to make research easier especially when writing a proposal."
"The content was very useful in getting us think ahead of time how to conduct our research."
"The video component in the whole module made learning interesting and easier."
"The feedback and comments that I received during the Skype tutorials with the lecturer was very helpful. It helped me to redesign the objective and methodology of my proposed study. It was really good."
Silviculture – Spring 2013
“The contents of the handbooks were very thorough and clear.“
“Well presented, logical steps taken in text to aid learning. Thank you!”
“Good support throughout. Good to see individual feedback on formative assessments - this is really helpful stuff”
“I enjoyed actually delving into real forestry. Also the additional reading was enjoyable and interesting.”
“Thanks Christine and James, This was one of the most important modules for me and my work in my small S/E forestry business and I have not been disappointed! Only challenged!!”
Social Issues in Forest Management - Autumn 2012
"I wanted to say thanks very much for the feedback on the essay, I really appreciate that it takes a lot of effort to provide such detailed feedback for each student but it really is encouraging and one does feel rewarded when there are positive comments. Constructive comments are also incredibly useful to know where to improve and it's especially important for students who have been out of academic action for a few years."
"I loved what what I learnt, partly because most of these were new useful (discoveries) ideas to me. it was a like a manual for social aspects of forestry in the real world."
"The self-assessments are very good. They have helped me to keep up with the module content and the comments have been very helpful. Model answers were great as they helped further understanding of the module."
"The learning resources were excellent - very good learning material."
"I have worked in the area of participatory forestry for some years but as a result of this module I have a better understanding of social inclusion in forest management."
"The feedback was great and the explanations wonderful as well."
"Prompt and constructive feedback"
Sustainable Use of Non-timber Forest Products - Summer 2012
"It is a great module - a real eye opener. It has certainly made me think about things a bit differently. I really enjoyed it."
"I know a lot more about NTFPs than I did before. I found the case study particularly interesting and enjoyed the practicals."
"There is an honesty in the writing style and content, which was appealing."
"Openess of the students and staff on blackboard reference questions/answers."
"Well structured module. Wide knowledge and fundamental concepts are elaborate. Significant practical experience gained."
Forest Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring - Spring 2012
"The overall quality is very high. The module and unit handbooks are very well structured and, overall, well balanced in terms of content and time. The continuous assessments are invaluable and add a great deal to the experience, which otherwise would be very lonely and dull!"
"Although, I have worked in the field of Forest Inventory and Mapping for some time, I have found this module has given me an in-depth knowledge that has enhanced my capacity to accurately and confidently develop this area of my work"
"This module is very important to my profession as forester. I have gained much that was not covered at undergraduate level."
"Prompt personal feedback much appreciated thank you!"
Agroforestry Systems and Practice - Autumn 2011
"The lecturers were very friendly and knowledgeable. They were always there to help"
"The module was well organised and presented - learning resources were excellent"
"The module had enhanced my knowledge and developed my understanding in different agroforestry systems."
"The feedback and comments provided by the lecturers were very good and always on time."
"Overall, brilliant, thank you!"
Forest Ecosystems - Autumn 2011
"Brilliantly informative and interesting - just the right balance of intriguing and testing"
"I found that the feedback from the lecturers the perfect accompaniment to my answers to allow me to fully understand the area."
"The continuous assessment for this module was absolutely essential. The questions were searching and the answers required real care to produce."
"Overall I really enjoyed the module. There was a lot of work but it kept me interested all the way through. I'm actually going to miss it and not quite sure what I'm going to do with my spare time over the coming weeks."
Silviculture - Spring 2011
"I found the self assessments incredibly useful and it allowed me to pace my progress effectively."
"Christine is a superb teacher and I cannot rate her highly enough, she's been really helpful throughout."
"Studying this module has helped inspire me for the next module as well as confirm in my own mind that my decision to take this degree was absolutely right, despite the huge commitment it requires in an already busy life."
"Excellent module, very interesting and challenging. Information was presented in a very clear format and additional reading was provided."
2016 UK Summer School (the final one – this has now been replaced with the Forestry Study Tour)
“I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone and getting to know people better, as well as the countless interesting discussions.”
“Really useful to learn in amongst you all bringing such a broad perspective from each other's backgrounds.”
“As they say in Ireland, last week was a "good crack" and a positive learning experience.”
“I just wanted to thank you all for a great week, it was hugely beneficial for me and very informative.”
2015 UK Summer School:
"I enjoyed the contrast between the plantation forests and the spectacular CCF site near Betws y Coed. It was also very valuable to spend time with the other students and get to know the staff."
"Compliments to the full team for a great learning experience and enjoyable company throughout. There was a mix of activities, engaging speakers and a very enthusiastic group of students."
"I just wanted to say thanks for organising and running a really great summer school. I have lots of new ideas spinning round in my head as a result, which is clearly a good thing."
" Meeting other students and getting to know them as more than just names on the internet."
" All the site visits were very interesting. The visit to artists woods was brilliant and coming from a farming background, I found the agroforestry experiments especially interesting. The barbecue was a nice touch aswell."
" Meeting the other members of the course properly and having the chance to engage in regular conversation with other studying the topic."
"I enjoyed the company of the whole group and all of the staff, Andy and Christine in particular were fantastic and always enthusiastic and happy to discuss whatever topic came up."
2015 Tropical Forestry Summer School:
(Ghana – study of forest ecological zones and research in Bobiri Forest Reserve and Kumasi)
"It was such a privilege to meet my fellow students and teaching staff and completely indulge myself in the fascinating topic of tropical forestry for two weeks."
"I enjoyed all elements of the summer school, in particular: the research exercise enabled some practical research skills to be enhanced and direct knowledge was gained."
"IT was great to have that immersion in the forest. Social and face to face networking with lecturers and fellow students. Brought the course to life literally."
"The overview of the forest types was essential – although it was quite tiring travelling between the different forest ecological zones, I feel I now have a much greater appreciation of tropical forestry across a range of different site types."
2014 UK Summer School:
“Let me start by thanking James and Nicky, and the rest of the staff, for a wonderful summer school. Clearly, a lot of thought and planning had gone into it, and it certainly paid off.”
“ I thoroughly enjoyed listening to staff associated with Bangor talking about ecology and succession, as well as social/cultural considerations while out in the woods”
“Summer school was excellent, again, thank you. The best thing - for someone like me who isn't directly involved in forestry at the moment - is being re-enthused about the whole subject, and meeting fellow students”
“Many thanks for organising such a fantastic week! The summer school is definitely a highlight of the year and a vital part of the course.”
“The highlight for me was being able to see first-hand the thrill and excitement of creating new woodlands on what was previously poor agricultural land. It also demonstrated how woodland grants can be utilised in a very effective way to benefit farm holdings.”
“It was brilliant to have the opportunity to listen to the thoughts, and pick the brains, of such a clued-up and diverse group of foresters and overseas students who we met during the week.”
2013 UK summer school:
“being outdoors so much in such a wonderful environment and the wider North Wales backdrop was very special.”
“getting to see how forestry works in reality was very helpful and to place all that in the context of the modules I’ve studied so far –a lot of things slotted into place.”
“The practical group activities in the woods brought the underpinning academic work to life.”
“The meal on the first night at Y Teras was amazing, a really special meal indeed and most welcome after a long journey, a morning exam and a long uphill walk in the afternoon!”
“For me, the Summer School was the right balance of everything to be honest. There was no time to get bored, it was stimulating, the hosts and activity leaders were interesting, the sites were amazing, the weather was a blessing. I don’t think I can pinpoint anything that I felt was not just right.”
2013 Tropical Forestry joint summer school (Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda)
“The module really helped us understand how to work with local people at a research site.”
“It was insightful to work in a group with different individuals from different backgrounds.”
“The close supervision of the supervisors [from Africa and Europe] was really interesting and was a very strong aspect of the joint summer module.”
“ I really enjoyed learning what [research] methods to use and how to use these methods in a real tropical forest context.”
“The field work was an excellent learning opportunity and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I really appreciate the opportunity to meet the staff and students and to put research methods into practice.”
“For me, as I came from a policy background, the joint summer module was great as I got to do some real forestry field work. I also found it great to have the group discussions every evening after spending a day in the forest.”
2012 Tropical Forestry joint summer school (Usambara Mountains, Tanzania)
2012 UK summer school:
"It was really wonderful to hear you and your colleagues chatting about research projects underway and afoot with an enthusiasm that can only come from genuine inquisitiveness about the natural environment – something often lost through the labours of paperwork. We had a wonderful selection of charmingly eccentric, passionate and interesting speakers at each site visit – all of which were very well chosen sites which I am sure I will remember well...I’d like to come back next year please!"
"I 'totally' enjoyed the entire week, it was so nice to talk forestry and related topics constantly for five whole days without having anyone yawn at me. The speakers and lecturers that we were introduced to were outstanding with so much knowledge to share along with good humour. Real experts in their field and I felt privileged to be in their company."
"Highlights included a fantastic talk from Professor John Healey on succession, the guided walk in Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve to the waterfall and the visit to Glasfryn fencing."
"I can't fault the content of the field trips and lectures with excellent theoretical and practical inputs from all of your various, enthusiastic speakers."
2011 UK summer school:
"Excellent spread of different silvicultural approaches examined"
"Mix of staff and presenters allowed for a balanced range of opinions"
"Great opportunity to see Bangor University and feel part of its rich heritage"
"Great to meet everyone and get to know them, overall - PURE MAGIC"
"Good range of site visits to forests - private, public, FC, community, university"
"Great levels of involvement from staff"
"Staff all excellent, friendly, knowledgeable, its a privilege to spend this week with staff and other students"
"Fantastic range of site visits"
Patrick Duffy (MSc Forestry graduate, 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 (MSc Forestry graduate, 2016)
“Choosing to study at Bangor ranks among the very best decisions I have ever made.”
Tom Cooper (MSc Forestry graduate, 2016)
“It was a really rewarding and (mostly!) enjoyable few years and although it was run at a distance, it felt like a top quality educational experience and one which I will always remember. Thank you for everything!”
Hannah M (MSc Forestry graduate, 2016)
“Thank you so much for your help, support and challenge – from day 1. Even when I had my doubts, the distance learning staff were thoughtful, supportive and considerate. I thoroughly recommend the course!”
Hans Sukhdeo (MSc Forestry graduate 2015)
“Thank you for the opportunity and for all the support given throughout my studies. Although I found it difficult at times, I am thankful for the help and support of all the staff involved in making this experience a success for me.
I would like to credit everyone involved for ensuring that the programme ran so smoothly, considering the many challenges of studying from a distance (Guyana, South America).
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.”
Eileen O (2015 graduate)
“Thanks to both James (course director) and Cherelle (course administrator) for all your help during the course of my studies. There were times when I thought I’d never get there, but you saw me through. Well done on delivering a great distance learning course.”
Gionata S (current student, September 2014)
“I am already putting some of my new knowledge from the Silviculture module into practice as I have been recently asked to lead the transformation of two local forest estates (64 ha and 30 ha) from single species, even-age, clear fell and replant to "continuous cover" non-clear fell. Wish me luck!”
Jo A (current student, September 2014)
“I have immensely enjoyed the course so far and have learned a tremendous amount. I feel that the course has been excellently organised and feel privileged to have been part of the student body.”
Alice Snowden (2014 graduate)
“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 which I saw applied through my work time and again. Some particular highlights include:
- Sustainable use of non-timber forest products putting the tree seed industry with which I was already familiar with into clearer perspective
- Silviculture, in particular the ecosystem services topic increasing my understanding of the politics of planting trees, and forever influencing my outlook and motivation towards production of highest quality nursery stock and genetics
- Forest Ecosystems improving my soil science knowledge.
Although it was far harder than I ever imagined it has been far more worthwhile. Thanks and credit are due 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, White Wood Management (2014)
"Thanks to you (James), Christine, Mike, Cherelle and all the Forestry team for making the distance learning (and summer schools) such an enjoyable and rewarding process. 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.”
Dr M.P. (2013 graduate)
"Thanks for all your support over the last 4 years. It was a really interesting and enjoyable course and I feel I have learned so much (with so much still to learn!) It was particularly good to be able to enjoy the company of other students and staff at the summer schools from which I treasure many happy memories."
Joe G. (new student, September 2013)
"I'm thoroughly enjoying my opening weeks on the distance-learning course and am very impressed by the organisation of the whole thing. With regard to a couple of specific things you mentioned in your welcome video: I got onto signing up with the Royal Forestry Society right away and have now received my welcome pack and have also registered for the RFS Forum; and you talked about the great opportunity for extended learning that is provided by the free online access to many journals through the library services, and this is certainly one of the aspects of the whole thing that I am most excited about, so I'm glad you raised this as an important feature. So, thank you, once again, for having me on the course."
As a veteran of this course I can assure all the new students that it is very well run and I've enjoyed every bit of it - even the bits I thought would be hard.
Bruce Richardson (Graduated 2011)
"I am writing to offer my thanks to you and the staff on the Distance Learning programme at Bangor for the three very exciting years that I have spent studying with you. The quality of tuition was excellent, as was the administrative support, and I particularly appreciated the energy and enthusiasm for the subject demonstrated by you and the rest of the team which motivated me through a number of difficult patches".
Bruce has recently been appointed by a leading private forest management company as a forest manager in north-east England.
Do you have any general comments about how the course is run?
The course is run in a very interactive way. Feedback and contacts between students and teachers are frequent and very helpful. It is also run in a very professional manner by its friendly and competent course director!
Has the course helped you in your own career/professional development, and, if so, how?
The course has definitely helped me in my career as I have been selected for a tremendously interesting CSR role within my organization, ahead of more experienced candidates, thanks to my following the course. I believe that the broad approach of the MSc makes it very relevant to a great variety of careers.
Do you find that enrolment on this course provides you with any unexpected benefits, and if so, what are they?
This course has reminded me that there were many other matters and worlds I knew very little about, and I have started to enjoy again the feeling of learning something new. It has probably somewhat rekindled my curiosity and made me look for new things to learn. This might be a reason for following the course for many people but the pleasure I have been taking in learning has taken me by surprise. Also, the course is a lot more than merely about forestry and it has given me an unexpected insight into society changes I was only dimly aware of.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Apply. And when you have done so, give it a good go.
Do you have any general comments about how the course is run?
I have done a number of courses in various disciplines in the past but I am enjoying this more than any other. It's challenging but accessible, a subject area that is continuously evolving and as such, very open to new research and exploration, all opinions open to consideration. Although it is a distance course, the online discussions and feedback from staff and other students negate that distance.
Has the course helped you in your own career/professional development, and, if so, how?
I haven't sought work in the forestry industry yet. I have full-time employment in another area, but would like to keep the door open for a possible change of career at some point. However, the course has definitely informed the way I look at our own piece of recently planted woodland- very practical in its application but no less academic for that in terms of its intellectual value.
Do you find that enrolment on this course provides you with any unexpected benefits, and if so, what are they?
I didn't expect to enjoy the summer school quite so much. What could have been viewed as a drain on my annual leave, turned out to be a great break from work. Didn't think about work once during the whole week.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
On first applying for this course, I was nervous that my lack of a background or experience in a scientific area might put me at a disadvantage, but that wasn't the case. I found it perfectly pitched. It is an exciting subject area and I think this course would appeal to anyone with an interest in woodlands, nature, the environment, land use and who knows how many more interests.