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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This residential field course is based in Freiburg in SW Germany. 6/7 days are spent visiting different forests and meeting German forestry professionals.

This is a joint course with Freiburg University and University College Dublin which allows you to share ideas with students who have studied in different institutions.

Visiting forests overseas challenges many assumptions of how forests should be managed and allows you to reflect on how culture and policy as well as forest type affect forest management.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Parasitology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FY4809 European Forests Field Course (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

One week residential field course in continental Europe (usually based on Freiburg) to study local forests, both their ecology and management for environmental protection and conservation, recreation, rural development (including community woodlands) and timber production.

Associated Costs


Students arrange their own transport to and from Freiburg. This costs approximately £200 but may be less if you shop around and book early.

Further Information & Notes

Alternative activities and/or venues may be made available to meet the requirements of disabled students. Students are required to cover the costs of travel to and from Freiburg, as well as contributing to the cost of subsistence and accommodation.

Please not that this course may not run if there is a low number of student enrolments.

Places may be limited by accommodation and transport constraints.

Dates: 7 April - 15 April 2017.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Written Report (70%) and Participation (30%). Written report, two parts, equally weighted, a short reflective essay on the week as a whole (approx 500 words, 35%) and a detailed report on one of the site visits (approx 1,000 words, 35%). Resit: Resubmission of written report (100%).

Formative Assessment

Informal feedback is provided during the field visits and in the formal and informal discussions of the visits.


Students receive written feedback on their individual reports.

Course Learning Outcomes


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