Find a Degree Undergraduate Environmental and Forest Management

Are you looking for an applied degree that will prepare you for a profession working with the environment? If so, this degree may be for you.

Why Aberdeen?

This programme aims to provide expertise relevant to environmental management and environmental forestry. You will receive broad training in science, field and lab-based technical training and scope to customise your curriculum through the selection of options.

  • There is easy access to large areas of forest, including remnants of the once extensive native Caledonian pine forest
  • Field visits form an important part of the degree programme, including a trip to the Black Forest in Germany and to the Lake District in England
  • Staff in the school have close links with local and national research institutes
  • The students’ Forestry Society was founded in 1919 and is one of the oldest student societies in the University. It runs a wide range of social events. These include raising money for charity, arranging recreational pursuits and the Forestry Society Annual Dinner


Study Abroad

There will be opportunities for expeditions, voluntary work overseas and ‘year-out’ placements. International exchanges are also possible, normally in the second year of a four year programme. Similarly, it is possible to study for part of the degree in another European university under the ERASMUS programme. 
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The Aberdeen Difference

The opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and participate in co-curricular activities. See for more information.

Environmental or Sustainability Content

Degree programmes in this discipline area contain Environmental or Sustainability Content.

In accordance with degree requirements, four courses at levels 1 and 2 combined and two courses at levels 3 and 4 combined must meet the requirements of enhanced study.  These courses provide an opportunity for sustained study in other disciplines, disciplinary breadth and cross-discipline study (Sixth Century Courses).

First Year

Core courses include Introduction to Biological Sciences, Ecology & Environmental Science, Diversity of Life, and a field course on Plants & their Habitats in Northern Scotland. Students take four further courses of their own choice contributing towards enhanced study.

Second Year

All students study a skills course in Life Sciences. Other courses provide an essential grounding in many fundamental concepts of forestry. Subjects include Ecology, People, Plants & the Environment, Conservation Biology and four other choices contribute towards enhanced study. There is a residential field course held in Cumbria for 2nd year students called Woodland Conservation & Management.

Third Year 

All students study a statistics course in Life Sciences. Third year is a combination of pure and applied sciences where the subjects of forest ecology and stand dynamics are developed. These include Timber Harvesting & Measurement, Sustainable Resource Management and Applied Forest Ecology. Other choices are available depending on the particular interests of the student.

Fourth Year

The final year involves the preparation of an individual research project. Students also have the option of preparing a forest management plan, with three weeks spent studying a 500 hectare forest where the soils, vegetation and the forest stands are studied. Observations and measurements are used to prepare a five-year plan that ensures the sustainable management of the forest. Students have to choose four specialist subjects from a wide range of available options that include an Environmental Management Plan, Topics in Conservation and Environmental Impact Assessment. A trip to study forestry in southern Germany completes the programme.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, tutorials and field visits. Students are required to attend field courses, which are assessed as part of the degree. Opportunities are provided for verbal and written presentations and reports, which are related to topics covered. Assessment is by an appropriate balance of examinations and continuous assessment for each course.


There is a demand for well-motivated and educated individuals to improve the level of knowledge and understanding of forest ecosystems. This knowledge becomes the basis of sustainable forest management. This degree will give you an opportunity to develop a career in forest conservation, environmental management and research. As a Forest Scientist with a knowledge of forest management you will be in increasing demand, but with an advantage over other graduates, in the wider environmental sciences, due to the range of subjects and skills acquired.

Finding your direction

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success.  The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us – from first to final year – and beyond.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

SQA Highers - AABB*
A Levels - BBB*
IB - 32 points, 5 at HL*
ILC - AAABB (B1 or B2 required)*
*including good performance in at least two Mathematics/Science subjects.

Advanced Entry - Advanced Highers ABB or A Levels ABB or IB 34 points (6 at HL), including Biology and Chemistry, one of which must be at A-grade.

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