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MSc Environmental and Forest Management

Course Description

What does this programme offer?

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.

You will spend the first part of the programme covering all the core competencies of forestry (as defined by the Institute of Chartered Foresters) and environmental management, as well as other topics. Teaching is usually in small classes which encourages a lot of participation. Several courses include visits to local forests and other interesting locations around Scotland and you also choose one or both of the residential field courses which take place during the Easter vacation.

The programme is composed of modular units.

Candidates must take 60 credit points of courses from the range of elective courses on offer in Stage 1:

Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis (15 credit points)
Statistics for Complex Study Design (7.5 credit points)
Core Skills for Environmental Sciences (15 credit points)
Introduction to GIS (7.5 credit points)
Applications of GIS (7.5 credit points)
Plant Ecology (15 credit points)
Global Soil Geography (15 credit points)
Timber, Harvesting and Measurement (15 credit points)
Environmental Pollution (15 credit points)
Ecosystem Processes (15 credit points)

Candidates must take 60 credit points of courses from the range of elective courses on offer in Stage 2:

Applied Forest Ecology (Silviculture) (15 credit points)
Ecology, Conservation and Society (15 credit points)
Remediation Technology (15 credit points)
Environmental Impact Assessment (15 credit points)
Woodland Conservation & Management Field Course (7.5 credit points)
European Forests Field Course (7.5 credit points)
Catchment Management (15 credit points)
Environmental Management Plan (15 credit points)
Environmental Impact Assessment (15 credit points)
Environmental Analysis (15 credit points)

The last three months of your MSc will be focussed on an independent research project which can be forest, laboratory, greenhouse or computer based. Projects can be based anywhere in the world and are often associated with on-going cutting-edge research being undertaken by academic staff.


The MSc Environmental and Forest Management programme prepares you for a range of careers in forest and environmental management, policy and research.
The degree is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters which is a requirement for many posts in the UK forestry sector.
In recent years most graduates have found positions in forest management, particularly the private sector, e.g. the graduate development programme of Tilhill Forestry. Some graduates are now working for government organisations, e.g. Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage and a few graduates choose to do research and go on to undertake a PhD after completing the MSc.

Visit the MSc Environmental and Forest Management page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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The course is taught to an exceptionally high standard covering the principal aspects of contemporary sustainable forest management comprehensively with a particular focus on the key applications within the industry


Scottish/EU Postgraduate Bursaries - 15 Awards

Full fee waiver on tuition fee costs plus a stipend towards living expences of up to £3,500 is available.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Funding available to Scottish or non UK EU students.

Application Procedure

Simply apply to the degree as normally and if you meet the eligibility criteria you will automatically be nominated as a candiate for the award.

Further Information



Aberdeenshire Regional Scholarships - 20+ Awards

We are offering assistance to workers left unemployed as a result of the downturn, specifically in the UK oil and gas sector by offering a 20% discount across a range of postgraduate energy programmes.The offer is open to people who live in Aberdeen City or Shire and have been working in the oil and gas sector.The discount applies to full-time and part-time programmes starting in September 2016 (and some starting in January 2017) spanning several disciplines including engineering, business, law, geosciences, natural and computing sciences, and biological sciences.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% fee discount


You will live in an Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire postcode and have been working in the oil and gas sector
You must apply and be accepted for an eligible programme
When applying online you must upload a separate document evidencing how the downturn in the oil and gas sector has resulted in your unemployment
You must not be eligible to receive any other University scholarship or discount

Application Procedure


Further Information



SAAS Tuition fee and living cost loans - 20+ Awards

Postgraduate tuition fee loan
The funding available is a loan to help you pay all or some of your tuition fees up to a maximum of £3,400 for full-time courses, and up to £1,700 for part-time courses. If you choose to take out a loan to pay all or some of the fees, you will do so on the same terms as a student loan for living costs.
If you withdraw from your course, you may not be eligible for a loan to help with the cost of your fees. However, your university may still charge you fees for the time you have been on the course.Postgraduate living cost loan
Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply to us for a living-cost loan up to £4,500. To be eligible for the living-cost loan, in addition to meeting our eligibility conditions above, you must:
•be under 50 on the first day of the first academic year of your course of education (the relevant date); or
•Be aged 50 to 54 on the relevant date and plan to return to employment after completing your course
If you change course and are aged 55 or over on the relevant date of your new course, regardless of which year you enter your new course, you will not be entitled to a living-cost loan for your new course.
The living-cost loan is not available to part-time postgraduate students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,400 + £4,500


UK and EU students must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the EU or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the relevant date, usually 1 August). You must also be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. If you are not a UK or other EU national, you must also have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) on the relevant date. If you have not been living in the UK, you may still qualify depending on your circumstances.

Application Procedure

see http://www.saas.gov.uk/how_to_apply/pg.htm

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second (2:2) class Honours degree or equivalent in a biological science, geography, environmental science, maths, physics or computer science. We look at applications on a case by case basis and in recent years we have also accepted individuals with a range of backgrounds including first degrees in History, French and Archaeology who were clearly motivated by the programme and usually had some work experience in a relevant field. Applicants whose first language is not English should note that English language proficiency is also required, more details on this can be found at View Website

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