Why study with us?

Forest and woodland management is important! Woodlands are now managed for a variety of reasons, including timber, carbon and biomass and non-wood forest products, recreation, landscape development, biodiversity and conservation. Where better to study this than the National School of Forestry? 

This is our flagship course, exploring the science and practice of managing forests and management. You gain skills in broader conservation management and learn about all types of forests.

Our location is ideal for the studying forests and woodlands. Our degree has a strong professional focus. From our Lake District campus we have access to ancient woodlands, mixed woodlands and plantations. The increasing environmental, social and economic importance of forests leads to exciting opportunities for graduates worldwide. The optional placement year allows you to explore these opportunities. 

What can this course lead to?

This degree prepares you for a career in forest and woodland management in the UK and overseas. 

We have a very high level of graduate employment. Graduates work with, for example, the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust, private estates, local authorities and consultancy companies; some set up their own businesses; some work overseas. 

Others may wish to go on to masters-level study.

Resources and facilities

From the start of the 2014/15 academic year, The National School of Forestry will be based at the University of Cumbria's newly-redeveloped Ambleside campus, in the heart of the Lake District National Park. 

Cumbria is a large county with variations in climate, topography, land use and vegetation, making our location ideal for the study of forest and woodland management. 

Within a 50-mile radius of the campus are some 100,000 hectares of forests and woodlands managed for a variety of objectives. You will be taught by staff from across the school and our Centre for Wildlife Conservation.

The National School of Forestry at the University of Cumbria provides an exceptional range of facilities for both students and researchers.

We are privileged to offer direct access to a wide range of habitats and forest types, including ancient semi-natural woodland. 

As well as excellent opportunities to study in the outdoors, we also have excellent new laboratory facilities. 

This outstanding set of resources enables many classes and field visits to be conducted just outside the lecture rooms, providing an enhanced learning environment where learning is combined with cutting-edge research. 


Home and EU students: £9,000 per academic year

International students: £10,500 per academic year

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