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MSc

Forest Ecosystem Management

Location:
Ambleside, The Lake District, Distance Learning
Duration:
2 year/s
Mode of study:
Distance learning
Start date:
January 2015
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Finance:
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Why study with us?

Forests cover about 30 per cent of the land surface of our planet; around the world concern about their conservation has never been greater. From the far north to the tropics, forests provide a multitude of benefits to ecosystems and humans, from flood prevention, biodiversity conservation and firewood to timber, landscape restoration and public access. Professional foresters supply the knowledge and skills needed to balance the best use of forest land with the economic and environmental objectives of society.

The course aims to give you a thorough grounding in the disciplines needed by a professional forester, together with an appreciation of the wider issues facing all natural resource managers. We challenge you to think critically of the importance of forests as ecosystems while assessing their benefits to mankind.  

What can this course lead to?

In the UK, professional foresters are recruited by various employers, including forest management companies, the Forestry Commission and charities. Looking overseas, NGOs, consultancies and larger companies want to employ managers with a sound understanding of wider forestry issues. 

Resources and facilities

The staff of the National School of Forestry have extensive experience of forest management and research, gained in academic institutions and professional practice. They have worked right across the world on diverse projects, including the development of forest management in Bhutan, social forestry schemes in sub-Saharan Africa, combating illegal logging in China and Russia, and community forestry in Scotland.

A fee discount is offered to graduates of the University of Cumbria. Holders of undergraduate degrees obtained since 2008 can obtain a 20 percent discount on their first postgraduate course of study.

Modules

There are core modules in Forest Ecology and Ecosystems, Silviculture, and Forest Management (with an optional overseas field course). Optional modules include GIS, Project Planning, Conservation Biology and Global Environmental Issues. The dissertation gives you the chance to study in depth a topic of your own choice.  

Taught modules make extensive use of fieldwork, in our own woodlands or the Lake District, and the range of contacts built up by the National School of Forestry over the last forty years. Research seminars complement the formal teaching. In addition this programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Foresters. 

Course summary

The MSc course is delivered by distance learning over a minimum of two years. The distance-learning course may require occasional attendance on campus. Successful completion of taught modules may lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.

The six taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination. Many of these modules include field visits and practice. The dissertation accounts for the final three modules of the programme.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures.

More information about levels and credits.

Credit and UCAS requirements

Credit: 180 credits

Costs

Click the links below to view information on your start date and residence status. If you are unsure of your status, please see the UKCISA website for more information.

Home students

The full tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year is £4,500. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis, and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for three years may expect to pay £1,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

The UK government does not usually fund students who are studying at postgraduate level. We advise you to do some research as early as possible into what is funding is available to you. See the postgraduate finance page for more information about potential funding sources.

Additional funding

SCAST

Former students of certain schools may be eligible for a SCAST bursary or scholarship.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.


EU students

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year is £4,500. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for three years may expect to pay £1,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a UK or EU graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.


International students

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year is £10,500. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for three years may expect to pay £3,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about international fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

Funding

The UK government does not usually fund students who are studying at postgraduate level. We advise you to do some research as early as possible into what is funding is available to you. See the postgraduate finance page for more information about potential funding sources.

Scholarships and bursaries

International scholarship

We have nine scholarships available for international students studying a taught master's degree. For students enrolling on programmes lasting more than one year the scholarship is awarded for the first year of the programme only. Find out more on the scholarship page.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.


Additional contact information

Find out more at www.cumbria.ac.uk/forestry  

 

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