Bangor University Forestry

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Bangor University Forestry

The forestry programme at Bangor University has a rich history with its roots dating back to the early part of the last Century with Forestry being the very essence of the original School.  The forestry faculty at Bangor are now integrated into the multifaceted School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography and in this capacity conduct research on varied aspects of forests from stand dynamics to human dimensions to ecosystem process and function.  The research emphasis is highly international with projects currently planned or underway on every forested continent on the Globe.  On-going studies address a range of issues including forest management, forest regeneration, biodiversity conservation, climate change, carbon flux, biomass energy, agroforestry, biogeochemistry, invasive species, forest pathology, bioenergy production, impacts of intensive biomass harvesting, wood combustion and ash recycling, and sustainable community development.  Research resources include plantation forests associated with Henfaes experimental farm, glass houses, laboratories, a rhizotron, and the natural hardwood forest at Treborth Botanic Garden. We collaborate with the university’s Biocomposites Centre, a leader in the biorefining of forest biomass and innovative development of forest products.

We have been teaching forestry at Bangor for more than 110 years, and there has never been a more exciting time to enter the profession. Our degrees will prepare you for the challenge of managing forests for the many benefits they provide, at a time of global environmental change. Forests, vital to the global ecosystem, cover 30% of the world’s land area. Forestry is concerned with the understanding and sustainable management of these forests for the benefit of society.

ICF logoThis course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and gives partial fulfilment of Professional Membership Entry.

Click here for more information about the School’s activities and expertise in the field of Forestry.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, the School achieved an overall satisfaction score of 97% with all of our subject areas rated in the UK top 10.
  • Bangor University is ranked 4th in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
  • We were the first university to offer a Forestry degree, and we are now the first to offer an MFor degree.
  • We have excellent links with forestry organisations in the UK and overseas, and these are used in our teaching programmes.
  • We have a comprehensive library collection in Bangor, a forestry experimental area nearby, and are within easy travelling distance of public and privately-owned forests.
  • The University owns 82 ha of woodland, many of them seminatural, which are used for teaching.
  • We run week-long field courses in the first, second and final years of the degree.
  • We have an experienced group of staff, with new appointments in forestry and a number of related disciplines, and excellent interaction with local professional foresters.
  • There are opportunities for studying abroad (usually in Canada or Finland) during the second year. If you opt for the four-year programme you will spend a year working in the forestry profession, gaining relevant experience and increasing your employability.
  • We pay for student membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Entry Requirements

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 104 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* (excluding General Studies), including a science subject at A2 level (acceptable science subjects are: Biology, Geography, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Economics). Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at
  • International Baccalaureate.
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable BTEC subjects: Countryside Management, Forestry & Arboriculture, Applied Science).
  • Science/Environmental-based Access course.
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • We consider mature students with substantial relevant experience on an individual basis.

For 2016 entry:

  • The School range is 320-260 points on the UCAS Tariff.
  • BTEC National Diploma in a relevant subject area.
  • Science or Environmental Access course.
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • Mature students with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028