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Forestry courses

Forestry involves learning how to manage forests and woodlands for commercial reasons (timber and wood for fuel), as places for recreation and as habitats for wildlife. You could learn about ancient woodlands, the importance of protecting hedgerows or how to manage large commercial plantations. Some courses include arboriculture, the cultivation and care of individual trees. Forestry graduates typically work for The Forestry Commission, private estates, conservation charities and overseas.

Studying forestry at university

Example course modules

  • Forestry in the 21st century
  • Ecosystem function and services
  • Forest ecology
  • Silviculture
  • Forest management and inventory
  • Forest health
  • Environmental management and conversation
  • Research methods and GIS
  • Forest policy and governance
  • Ecosystem functions and services

Teaching hours / week

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The time you'll spend in lectures and seminars each week will vary from university to university, so use this as a guide.

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Who studies this subject

  • Female : 20%
    Male : 80%
  • Mature : 68%
    School leaver : 32%
  • Full-time : 75%
    Part-time : 25%

What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • At least one from biology, chemistry or physics

Useful to have

  • Business studies
  • Environmental science
  • geography

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition

Personal statement advice

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Career prospects

Sources: HECSU & KIS
Fewer than 100 graduates usually take full first degrees in forestry and arboriculture, so there is not a lot of data to examine – they're a little more commonly taken as foundation degrees, often studied at colleges. But for the chosen few in forestry, there are a handful of specialist roles in forestry management available every year, and this is the degree preferred for those jobs. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.
Professional and accrediting bodies:

Six months after graduating

Typical graduate job areas
  • Conservation and environmental associate professionals

Longer term career paths

Jobs where this degree is useful

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Estates officer
  • Farm manager

Other real-life job examples

  • Agricultural surveyor
  • Conservation worker
  • Arboricultural manager

What employers like about this subject

A degree in agriculture or agricultural management will provide you with subject-specific skills including an understanding of the global, regional and local contexts of agriculture; legal and economic issues in agriculture, sustainability and environmental impact and the principles of operating an agricultural business. You will also gain useful transferable skills in numeracy, communication, IT, team-working, problem-solving and independence and self-motivation. Farming is the most common industry of employment for agriculture graduates, but they also go to work in areas including land and property management, forestry and the manufacture of farm equipment and machinery.