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Environmental and Forest Management enable you to study two highly relevant areas of environmental management which are interconnected and further enhanced by understanding across soils, catchment management, harvesting, conservation and plans to give you a full depth of knowledge in the discipline.

You gain a depth of knowledge to take you directly into forestry working for organisations and land owners, or you can apply your skills to manage land and development within consultancy and specific client challenges. Environmental management is now a vital aspect to life and work on earth and it is always a well publicised area of concern for groups and individuals campaigning to ensure that economic development is balanced against environmental challenges where there is often a domino effect on environment and interdependencies. Managed well forests are vital to many aspects of our life in terms of conservation, ecology, prevention of erosion and many other factors.

Aberdeen has been teaching Forestry for decades. Forestry is combined with environmental management to provide a very useful range of skills and knowledge to apply across environmental areas. With increasing deforestation there are also opportunities to provide more forests, sustainable forests and carefully managed forests. You visit local forests and take a resident field trip with a project you can undertake anywhere in the world. There will always be a requirement for specialists within forestry management to ensure the longevity of crops and sustainability of environmental resources.

On this MSc programme you will to study the principles of forest and woodland management as well as general environment management and their application both in the UK and overseas. The programme is aimed at people interested in a career in environmental management, environmental services, timber production, community forestry or a combination of these plus wider policy and management at local level, regulation and input into the planning process. You learn the important aspects affecting forestry which include plant ecology, environmental pollution, GIS mapping, harvesting, statistical information, remediation , EIA, Analysis, Ecology and conservation and environmental management planning. All of these modules allow you to specialist and become a specialist in your chosen area and have the versatility to move in and out of other environmental areas if you wish.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Global Soil Geography
  • Timber Harvesting and Measurement
  • Applied Forest Ecology


  • Statistics for Complex Study Designs
  • Experimental Design and Analysis

Semester 2

  • Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Management Plan
  • Woodland Conservation and Management


  • Ecology, Conservation and Society
  • Catchment Management

Semester 3

  • Environmental and Forest Management Project

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • University of Aberdeen has been associated with teaching and researching the forestry discipline for decades the subject ties into its strengths in environmental and soil science
  • The programme is ranked No.1 in Scotland for research excellence in earth systems and sciences
  • Field work takes place in the region with plenty of natural resources on Royal Deesside, Cairngorms National Park, agricultural Aberdeenshire and Caledonian pine forests
  • Academics are able to provide both teaching and experience in supporting learning in this discipline as members of DEFRA, Task Force on Tree Health and Plant Security, Director of Scotland's Climate Change Centre of Expertise

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time and Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September start

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