University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen


The aims of the programme are to provide expertise relevant to multiple-use forestry; a broad range of modules are available that cover forest ecology and silviculture, forest planning and management, forest conservation, forest pathology, urban forestry and environmental governance; programme modules can be selected to serve the interests of professional foresters wanting to upgrade their knowledge in the fields of forest management planning, tropical forestry and environmental issues, or the interests of graduates wishing to obtain a broad introduction to forestry; students go on a study tour in the Easter vacation; in recent years the study tour has been to forests near Freiberg, Germany; research towards the thesis may be field or laboratory based; these field studies may be within Scottish forests or overseas.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Honours degree in forestry, ecological science, wood science or other equivalent qualification required. In exceptional cases it is possible for non-graduates with a wide forestry experience to be accepted on to the programme at Postgraduate Diploma level, with the possibility of progressing on to the Master's degree.

Course modules

Modules include: Silviculture: Applied forest ecology; forest measurement and monitoring; wood (properties to products); biology of forest health; trees and the urban environment; forest resource management; plant ecology; ecosystem processes; global soil geography; conservation in practice; special topics in forestry; European forestry field course; introduction to GIS; advanced spatial analysis; research skills for environmental sciences; experimental design and statistics; statistics for complex designs; research project planning; ecology and society; foundations of environmental governance; biology and ecology of mycorrhizas; climate change.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out through coursework. For the Master's there is the addition of the research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Taught Secretary, College of Life Sciences and Medicine
Telephone number: 
01224 272692