Sustainable Forest Management BSc

UCAS code D500
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What is special about this course?

The BSc Sustainable Forest Management degree is a highly practical course that will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful forest or arboriculture manager.  If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can provide professional advice to the land-based forestry sector and help secure our forests for future generations to enjoy, then this course is for you.

You will study at the Scottish School of Forestry campus of Inverness College UHI where you have the option to specialise in either forest management and conservation, or arboriculture and urban forestry.

A significant proportion of your work will be fieldwork-based projects where you will become experienced in the practical aspects of your chosen speciality.  When you graduate you will have a technical management qualification and be experienced in all aspects of sustainable management in relation to forestry or arboriculture.

Special features

  • Forestry students will undertake a one-year industry placement during the course, this is also open to arboriculture students. Previous placements have included: Forestry Commission Scotland and Northern Ireland Forest Service.
  • You will also have the opportunity to take part in study trips in Scotland, the rest of the UK or Europe
  • The course has demonstrable success in graduates gaining managerial posts in industry
  • You will learn how to carry out environmental impact assessments and create environmental statements, as well as applying geographical information systems (GIS) to landscape and land uses
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances

Entry requirements

Entry to year one, HNC:

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above Or
  • 2 A level at grade D or above
  • Minimum of one year's pre-course experience in woodland environment is required or attainment of the Certificate in Forestry or Conservation Skills. This requirement may be waived for applicants with three or more Highers, or equivalent at grade C or above.
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, relevant life or work experience will be taken into consideration on an individual basis.

Advanced entry to year two, HND:

  • May be possible with HNC Forestry, or HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
  • If you have other relevant academic or professional qualifications or experience your application will be considered on an individual basis. You may need to undertake a bridging unit.

Advanced entry to year three, BSc:

Year 1 - HNC

First year is either HNC Forestry or HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry

Units in forestry include:

  • Forest science 
  • Employment health and safety legislation for the land-based Industries
  • Woodland nursery production
  • Management of woodland operations
  • Silvicultural systems
  • Forest harvesting
  • Establishment of woodlands
  • Timber sales and transportation

Units in arboriculture and urban forestry include:

  • Forest science 
  • Employment health and safety legislation for the land-based Industries
  • Arboriculture practice
  • Amenity tree management
  • Urban forests, woodland and green space
  • Selection and management of machinery
  • Soil management
  • Supervision practice

Year 2 - HND

Second year is either HND Forestry or HND Arboriculture and Urban Forestry

Units in forestry include:

  • Forestry in Europe
  • Use of computers in forest management
  • Forest design
  • Forest policy and law
  • Woodland ecology
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Forestry: operational control
  • Forest planning and management
  • Forest protection
  • Woodland conservation

Units in arboriculture and urban forestry include:

  • Forestry in Europe
  • Use of computers in forest management
  • Forest design
  • Managing sites for nature biodiversity
  • Establishment of woodlands
  • Forestry: land measurement
  • Job costing and business calculations
  • Business planning

Year 3 - BSc

Core modules for both the forestry conservation and the arboriculture and urban forestry routes: 

  • Ecology and management of native broadleaved woodlands
  • Landscape design and land management
  • Forestry for people: policy and practice
  • Managing biodiversity in upland woodlands
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Sustainable land management
  • Climate change

Additional modules in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry: 

  • Wood technology for amenity trees
  • Planning in arboriculture management

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • You will study through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, as well as individual online study through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE) supported by your tutors and classmates
  • This will be supplemented with field exercises, practical sessions, study visits and tours, and industrial work experience
  • Our HND Forestry students must undertake a one-year work placement, except in cases where suitable alternative experience can be demonstrated, the opportunity is also open to HND Arboriculture and Urban Forestry students.

How long will my course last?

Forestry conservation route:

  • Full time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week (HNC + HND + work placement + BSc)
  • Part time (structured): 6-8 years @ 20 hours per week (depending on whether a placement is required)
  • Part time (unstructured): variable

Arboriculture and urban forestry route:

  • Full time: 3 years @ 40 hours per week (HNC + HND + BSc, optional placement available)
  • Part time (structured): 6 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part time (unstructured): variable

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,510 £434 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

International students

For sstudents who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time
Part-time **
2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,510 £434 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £11,000 £1,840 (per 20 credit module)

** There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BSc Sustainable Forest Management course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Local authority sector
  • Forestry companies
  • Private estates / landowners
  • Self employment as an entrepreneur or consultant
  • Conservation organisations
  • Voluntary Services Overseas

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BSc Sustainable Forest Management to:

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say:

I grew up in Edinburgh and relocated specifically to study at the Scottish School of Forestry as it seemed to be a good mixture of theoretical and practical classes. My favourite things about studying with the university was the campus being based within a forest, and small class sizes both in and outside the traditional classroom environment. I also spent a semester at the Mendel University in Brno in the Czech Republic – if you get the chance to study abroad you should definitely do it!

Emily Hutchison, Gardener at Threave Garden and Estate and trainee horticulturist at Macrobert Trust, BSc (Hons) Sustainable Forest Management with Arboriculture and Urban Forestry graduate from our Inverness College UHI campus.

Apply for Sustainable Forest Management BSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

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