PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes


Forestry Management

Year of entry

Duration

1 year (full-time)
2 to 3 years (part-time)

Start date: September 2017

Do you want to be involved in a land and resource management sector that exemplifies real growth and sustainable development? Are you interested in working in a dynamic and positive environment, making decisions that can affect landscapes, environments and timber production potential for decades to come? 

Interest in forestry and forest products has never been higher as the economic, environmental and social benefits of woods and forests are widely-recognised in the minds of governments, scientists, businesses and communities. 

Investment in forests and forestry is strong and continues to attract UK and global investors  seeking the excellent returns and high environmental integrity that forestry offers. The forest management industry is actively seeking new management level staff to meet current and future workloads and development opportunities.

Global forest resources show both losses and gains in physical area and the policy and practice of forest conservation and protection has gathered pace and impact. New generation plantations offer the prospect to bring timber to world markets using faster rotations, advanced tree breeding, fully mechanised harvesting and greater technological input to planning and management of forests.    

The course

The postgraduate programme offers a solid and effective way of studying forestry with a strong applied focus. Input from industry professionals, many of them Chartered Foresters, will ensure that curriculum is relevant and current and that students benefit from the experience and insight of managers with real-world responsibilities. Industry visits and assignments based on professional projects and case studies reinforce this approach and help build links and networks. The central UK location of Harper Adams enables access to a wide range of forest resource types for teaching and study.

Funding

The full-time and two year part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan.

Fifty per cent more forestry property was traded in 2013 compared to 2012, to the value of £97.3 million, 8.5 times the value traded in 2000. This made 2013 a record year, both in the total value of the market and its unit price.

UPM Tilhill & Savills Forest Market Report

Accreditation

Accredited by: Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)

This course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and gives partial fulfilment of Professional Membership Entry based upon appropriate module selection.

Teaching and learning

Course structure

Compulsory module
Optional module
Blank Not available
Module Title Credit Value PgC (60 credits from) PgD (120 credits from) MSc (180 credits from)
Research and Information Skills 15 compulsory compulsory compulsory
Forestry and Woodland Management 15 compulsory compulsory compulsory
UK Forest Harvesting, Marketing and Timber Utilisation 15 compulsory compulsory compulsory
Forest Soils, Sites and Nutrition 15 compulsory compulsory compulsory
Forest Management Strategy and Economics 15   compulsory compulsory
Forest Ecology and Conservation 15   optional optional
Experimental Design and Analysis 15   optional compulsory
Sustainable Energy within the Countryside 15   optional optional
Case Study 15   optional optional
Land Management Case Studies 15   optional optional
GIS and Land Use 15   optional optional
Research Project 60     compulsory

 

Careers

With ever increasing demand for forestry products, and demand for commercial UK forests continuing to outstrip supply, there is a great future in this industry.

Students holding a postgraduate qualification in Forestry Management could go on to work for The Forestry Commission, UPM Tilhill, Kronospan, Lockhart Garratt, The Woodland Trust or private sector forest estates. Research opportunities are also available, particularly in forest health and forest resilience, forest management and silviculture. 

98% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

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