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Higher Education (HE) in Forestry, Arboriculture and Urban Forestry


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Higher Education (HE) qualifications are typically offered by a university, or a college working in partnership with a university. Most students entering university or college to study higher education qualifications are 18 or above. Higher education qualifications are required for roles in management, consultancy and research. 

Undergraduate courses allow students to develop a wide range of graduate skills and specialist academic knowledge in their chosen discipline of forestry, arboriculture and/or urban forestry. Most colleges and universities encourage students to complete a work-based placement as part of their course. This typically adds one year to the completion time, but enables students to development technical skills and gain professional experience. 

Postgraduate courses are organised in two streams, either taught or research. The focus in most postgraduate courses is more on developing research skills, advanced analytical skills and technical writing. 

Most higher education forestry, arboriculture and urban forestry courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the professional body for the forestry and arboriculture sectors. Full details of course accreditation can be found here

The following is a list of higher education institutions offering qualifications in forestry, arboriculture and urban forestry. The list includes all the courses starting in September 2016.  

Courses are offered in a variety of delivery modes: Full Time (FT), Part Time (PT) and Distance Learning (DL).


RESOURCES - Information Note and Location Map


Quick Links: University of Aberdeen | Askham Bryan College | Bangor University | University of Cumbria | Harper Adams University | Inverness CollegeMyerscough College | Northumberland College | Pershore College | Plumpton College


University of Aberdeen


Department: School of Biological Sciences

Location: Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen, Scotland

Postcode: AB24 2TZ 



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Askham Bryan College




Department: Professional Tree Surgery and Management

Location: Askham Bryan, York, England  

Postcode: YO23 3FR


HE Course Validation: Harper Adams University


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Bangor University



Department: School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Location: Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales  

Postcode: LL57 2UW



Current HE Courses:

Additional Resources: 

Video:  Forestry at Bangor University Video: Distance Learning Forestry Courses



University of Cumbria 


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Department: National School of Forestry

Location: Ambleside Campus, Ambleside, Cumbria, England

Postcode: LA22 9BB



Current HE Courses: 

 Additional Resources:

Video: University of Cumbria Forestry Courses












Harper Adams University



Department: Department of Crop and Environment Sciences

Location: Newport, Shropshire, England  

Postcode: TF10 8NB



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Inverness College UHI

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Department: Scottish School of Forestry

Location: Balloch, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland 

Postcode: IV2 5EA


HE Course Validation: University of the Highlands and Islands


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Myerscough College


Department: National Centre for Arboriculture

Location: Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire, England  

Postcode: PR3 0RY


HE Course Validation: University of Central Lancashire


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Northumberland College

Northumberland College

Department: Land and Environment Academy

Location: Kirkley Hall Campus, Ponteland, Northumberland

Postcode: NE20 0AQ


HE Course Validation: University of Newcastle


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Pershore College 


Department: Pershore College

Location: Avonbank, Pershore, Worcestershire, England  

Postcode: WR10 3JP


HE Course Validation: University of Worcester


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Plumpton College


Department: Forestry and Arboriculture

Location: Plumpton, East Sussex, England   

Postcode: BN7 3AE


HE Course Validation: University of Brighton


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Quick Links: University of Aberdeen | Askham Bryan College | Bangor University | University of Cumbria | Harper Adams University Inverness College | Myerscough College Northumberland College Pershore College | Plumpton College 

Last updated: 29 March 2017