Why study with us?

Forestry is important! Modern forestry helps reduce climate change, protects wildlife, provides us with recreation space and produces renewable natural materials and fuel. This vocational course helps you develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in forestry. It is suited to new entrants to forestry or mid-career foresters wanting to improve their skills.

For students not already in the industry, the one-year work placement is a chance to experience hands-on forestry work. The emphasis is on the development of forestry knowledge and the practical application of this knowledge. You can also do vocational certificate courses recognised by the industry. The National School of Forestry has strong links to all parts of the forestry sector and an extremely good record of our graduates getting jobs in forestry. 

The three-year, sandwich-route mode of study means you will undertake a one-year placement following year two of the programme. This will allow you to enhance and apply your knowledge in real world contexts.

What can this course lead to?

Growing recognition of the importance of the contribution of forests and woodlands to environment, society and economy is opening up new professional opportunities for graduates nationally and internationally. Having achieved an FdSc in Forestry you can enter the forestry profession directly or you can progress to a top-up BSc Honours degree in Forestry as a one-year full-time course or a two-year distance-learning course.

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.

Have a look at our learning resources for Forestry.


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