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Forestry (with Placement Year) MFor

Bangor University
5 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Forestry (with Placement Year) MFor

We have been teaching forestry at Bangor for more than 110 years, and there has never been a more exciting time to enter the profession. Our degrees will prepare you for the challenge of managing forests for the many benefits they provide, at a time of global environmental change. Forests, vital to the global ecosystem, cover 30% of the world’s land area. Forestry is concerned with the understanding and sustainable management of these forests for the benefit of society.

Admission requirements

  • A minimum of 128 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* (excluding General Studies) including a grade C in one science subject at A2 level (preferred subjects are: Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Economics, Statistics)
  • 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
  • International Baccalaureate.
  • Distinction in the City and Guilds Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable subjects: Forestry and Arboriculture, Countryside Management)
  • A minimum of grades DMM in the BTEC National BTEC National/Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable BTEC subjects: Countryside Management, Applied Science, Forestry & Arboriculture, Animal Management).
  • Science/Environmental-based Access course.
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • We consider mature students with substantial relevant experience on an individual basis.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

We combine the teaching of theory in lectures, seminars and tutorials with the application of theory in forest-based practical classes and weeklong field courses. The relaxed and informal atmosphere of seminars and tutorials encourages lively debate over current and contentious issues, and there are opportunities to discuss some of the same issues with forestry professionals during forest visits. Courses are assessed using a variety of methods involving coursework and examination. We make extensive use of the University’s ‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, which provides direct access to learning resources, course documents and lecture notes.

On this Forestry course you will study 120 credits in each year, through a range of lectures, tutorials, seminars and fieldwork. Our courses are modular and optional modules allow you to expand your studies into new areas or develop specialisms that interest you.

Years 1 and 2

The first year provides an introduction to the ecological, economic and environmental principles on which forestry is based. In the second year you will develop your understanding of these principles and apply them to forestry practice. Subjects studied during the first two years include tree and wood identification, site assessment, tree measurement, silviculture and inventory, forest health, forest management and geographical information systems. By the end of the second year you will have acquired the knowledge and understanding needed for a sandwich placement year, should you wish to do one.

Year 3

In the third year, you will integrate the knowledge that you have acquired in the first two years to write a forest management plan for a local forest area. If this is your final year, you will undertake an independent research project (Honours Project) on a topic that interests you, under the supervision of academic staff. There are optional modules in forest ecology, forest ecosystems, the forestry profession, environmental issues, environmental policy, renewable energy, and advanced GIS and remote sensing. You can also choose to go on a week-long field course in Tenerife.

Year 4

The MFor does not involve an Honours Project in Year 3; instead you complete a larger, Masterslevel dissertation in Year 4. You can also choose from a range of advanced specialist modules, such as agroforestry, forest resource assessment, natural resource management and business planning.

For more information about specific modules, please visit the university website

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn an MFor degree.

Career opportunities

Employers are always looking for good forestry graduates who are self-motivated and enjoy working with people. A high proportion (around 80%) of our graduates find a forestry-related job within six months of graduation, and are employed by public, private and non-governmental organisations both in the UK and overseas. Our unique history, reputation and teaching excellence makes Bangor Forestry graduates highly employable.

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About this institute

Bangor University

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Why study at Bangor University

Gold rated teaching

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). 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 for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Wide range of courses

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 10 in the country.

World class teaching & research

Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Free membership of all clubs and societies

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.

UNRIVALlED location

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’.

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Bangor University

Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
United Kingdom

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