BSc (Hons) Woodland Ecology and Conservation


Course code D440

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Course code D440

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Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2022
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Are you passionate about protecting woodlands and the future of the earth?

Our planet needs woodland ecology and conservation graduates to secure a sustainable future, and so, we’ve designed this course for people like you.

You’ll learn the science and art of conserving and sustainably managing trees, woods and forests at our National School of Forestry on our Ambleside campus in the Lake District National Park.

You will live and learn in Ambleside, where ancient woodland and commercial forests are a practical laboratory on your doorstep.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You won’t just learn theoretically, you’ll gain knowledge by exploring woodlands, meeting the hosts who look after them and undertake your own surveys to understand them.

  • Our course is accredited by our professional body, the Institute for Chartered Foresters
  • Study on our friendly Ambleside campus -  the only UK university campus in a national park
  • Easy access to woodlands managed for a range of ecosystem services, giving you the chance to explore the options in these different types of forests
  • Work with the latest technology used in the industry, boosting your employability
  • Great opportunities for paid placements and graduate job prospects thanks to our links with all the main organisations involved in managing woodlands, as well as the Royal Forestry Society and the Woodland Trust 
  • Tutors conduct ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • Small class sizes mean you’ll benefit from personal tutor guidance throughout your studies
  • Opportunity for an international exchange at Humboldt State University, California, to experience the approaches to forestry and conservation in another country
  • Residential study tours to the upland (Scotland) and lowland areas, giving you an insight into woodland ecology and conservation in other parts of Britain
  • The opportunity for a one-year work placement in a related profession, bolstering your knowledge – and your CV - by putting it into practice in the real world

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.

Plus, it is 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.

Our alumni have graduated into careers with woodland ecology and conservation organisations and within the forestry industry.

So, if you want an exciting, varied and professional career in forestry, then the outstanding facilities and experienced lecturers at our National School of Forestry will set you on the path to success.

Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.

Course study options

This course is also available with a one-year placement, giving you more real world experience.

Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with placement)

Graduate destinations

You'll be well prepared for a career in forest and woodland conservation in the UK and overseas, or for going into Masters level study and further applied research. Our graduates have moved onto positions in the Forestry Commission, the Woodland and National Trusts, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and environmental NGOs, so you can be confident that you will receive the skills needed to progress into a fantastic career that appeals to your interests.

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