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Taught postgraduate

PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes

Forestry Management

Year of entry


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

Start date: September 2021

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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.


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

Block-based study

Modules are delivered in one week (and in a select few modules two week) blocks on campus. You will know in advance which weeks require physical attendance as they’ll be scheduled on the timetable. In addition to this, you will be required to allocate time for self-study to complete the assignments associated with each of the modules. Some modules may also include research and/or exam elements, these are also highlighted on the timetable.

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

Entry requirements for 2021

For PgC/PgD entry candidates should possess one of the following:

  • Honours degree (at least a 2.2)
  • A good UK based HND or Foundation Degree, together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years
  • A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate or equivalent

For MSc entry candidates should possess one of the following: 

  • Honours degree (at least a 2.2)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent

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.


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

(HESA 2017)


No. 1

In the UK for graduate employment
(Graduate Outcomes 2020)


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