BSc (Hons) Forest Management

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters

UCAS

Course code D500

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Course code D500

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Want a career as a professional forest manager? Then, our degree - the only professional forestry BSc (Hons) in England - is the qualification for you. Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the forestry sector's professional body, the course will teach you about the management of forests and woodlands for commercial, recreation and conservation management.

Our National School of Forestry, based in the iconic Lake District National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ideal place to explore the science and practice of managing forests. You'll live and learn on our friendly Ambleside campus, the only university campus in a national park, which is also home to the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, where our tutors are involved in producing high-quality research that informs our teaching, your learning and aims to bring about positive change in the natural world.

And, thanks to our excellent links with forestry organisations, we have a strong graduate employment record too.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

From our campus in Ambleside, you’ll have the unique opportunity to study in woodlands managed for conservation and timber production.

  • The course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the forestry sector professional body, and has been awarded the maximum points available by it
  • We have more than 50 years educating and training professional and award-winning foresters
  • Experience hands-on forestry frequently, thanks to our practical-focused approach
  • Use the latest technology such as GIS, remote sensing and drones during your studies
  • Opportunity for work experience in Canada, so you can experience international forest management
  • Taught by tutors who have worked as professional foresters and bring their first-hand experience to their teaching
  • Tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • Small class sizes mean you’ll get personal tutor guidance and support throughout your studies
  • We have excellent links with Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and other forestry organisations, which boosts your networking and employment prospects
  • Forestry employers contact us to fill vacancies for professional forestry posts
  • Chances to win prizes from a variety of forestry organisations

Ambleside, close to the shores of Windermere, is a great place to live with access to the recreational opportunities afforded by the Lake District National Park.  And, on campus you have access to modern research and teaching labs, lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and a library with a broad range of up-to-date digital and hard-copy resources.

If you want a rewarding career in a sector that is hugely important for biodiversity, society and our economy, then this professional course will enable you to gain the skills and experience required for a successful career in forestry.

Course study options

We also offer this course with a one-year sandwich placement, which means you'll have one year of real world work experience.

Sandwich Placement

Graduate destinations

After graduation you will be prepared for a career in forest and woodland management, with job opportunities both nationally and overseas. We have had graduates go on to work for the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust, local authorities and private enterprise, with some students going into business for themselves. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your studies to masters level.

News and Events

Crowning glory could come to mystery tree

Posted: 8 Jul 2019

A magnificent mystery maple has joined notable national species branching out in a bid to be crowned Tree of the Year. Known as the student tree, the prize oriental specimen at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus could this month join 10 hopefuls as finalists in Woodland Trust’s annual competition. Campus manager, Rob Wilson, said he was delighted by the surprise nomination and determined to find out more about the Japanese maple, described as the ‘mysterious beauty everyone loves’.

Lessons from Japan as UK upland farmers face crisis

Posted: 24 Jun 2019

One of the country’s leading uplands farming experts has warned a ‘no deal’ Brexit could push significant numbers of hill farmers out of business. Recently appointed a professor and currently director of University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, Lois Mansfield’s stark predictions come as she prepares to embark on a major factfinding visit to Japan. Prof Mansfield leaves this week on a prestigious Churchill Fellowship

What is Forestry?

Posted: 23 Jan 2019

Forestry is many things to many people and one of the major land use types in the UK. Woodland cover currently sits at 13% in the UK while only around 6% is described as urban or developed. This shows how important forestry is to land management in the UK.

Campus Tour

Wed 24 Jul 2019

An opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in the heart of the Lake District.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Come and join us at our Ambleside campus on the 10 November and discover your future - explore our campus, meet our staff and students and find out more about coming to the University of Cumbria