MSc Tropical Forestry – Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Distance Learning Scholarships

We offer a postgraduate distance-learning programme in Tropical Forestry, which is aimed specifically at international students who have been awarded a scholarship by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).

The CSC has supported this programme every year from 2011 to 2017 and we are hopeful for further scholarships in the future.  Please bookmark this webpage and re-visit it in future to find out if further scholarships are available.

Details of the previous scholarship offer is described below.

We have in the past had up to 15 scholarships per year for applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries to study for our MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning: Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The scholarships are worth over £14,550 to cover tuition fees, plus a generous bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory study tour scheduled to be held overseas in July/August every other year (for example, 2015, 2017, 2019…). A small study grant is also available to help scholars with internet, computing and other distance learning study costs.

MSc Tropical Forestry is part-time and is completed in three years. It builds on the existing links and strengths of the highly successful forestry masters programmes in SENRGY: MSc Sustainable Forest Management (SUFONAMA), MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) and Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO). These related programmes were developed by European Masters consortiums and funded by the EU Erasmus Mundus programme.

The programme is designed to provide students with an enriching education in the subject of tropical forestry, understanding of the scientific, academic and practical principles which underpin forest conservation, protection and management and forest ecosystem function and the interrelationships between government, industry and communities’ forests and associated land-use. Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring and environmental protection. The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their teaching.

The programme, which is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of direct relevance to professionals working in the field of Tropical Forestry. Key modules cover the increasing importance of social issues in forest management, the complex challenges and multiple benefits of well-managed agroforestry systems and the sustainable use of non-timber forest products. Modules in inventory, assessment and monitoring look at other significant issues surrounding the sustainable management of global forest resources. The programme also includes a compulsory two-week study tour to a country with notable tropical forest resources.

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 programme runs over three years.  During years 1 and 2 students study course modules which are assessed via individual and group coursework assessments and exams.  Year 3 is a self-directed dissertation. The programme includes the following modules

Further enquiries about the programme should be directed to the Course Administrator  or telephone +44 (1248) 382281.