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What are your options in forestry after university?

What should you do after university? After three or four years in Higher Education (HE) the time comes to decide if you wish continue further studies or make the move into employment. Higher Education qualifications do not guarantee a place in ether the next level of academic study or a paid position within the forestry sector. However, HE qualifications are highly valuable for anybody pursuing a senior/management level forestry job.  

Completion of a level 4 Higher Education Qualification – HNC

Successful completion of Higher National Certificate may provide the opportunity to progress onto the second year of the level 5 Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree. If you decide that you would rather apply for full time work within the forestry sector then a range of forestry sector jobs would suit you.

Completion of a level 5 Higher Education Qualification – HND, FDsc

Successful completion of a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree (FDsc) will typically lead to the opportunity to obtain a relevant Bachelor’s Degree by completing a further year of University studies. If you decided not to do that then you can start applying for a full-time job within the forestry sector.

Completion of a level 6 Higher Education Qualification – BSc, BA

Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry or related subjects is a valuable achievement with regard to career development and progression. All students studying at degree level will be aiming to achieve as high a grade as possible. On achievement of a degree you can ether choose to continue on the academic route undertaking a masters in forestry or move into a forestry based job.

There are two other options, the first being post graduate internship opportunities. Internships offer graduates the opportunity to gain necessary sector work experience under the supervision of industry professionals with some but not all posts leading to full-time employment on completion.

The second option is a year out – an increasingly popular one for recent graduates. The opportunity to travel for a set period and gain both valuable life and industry experience from different countries can prove valuable in not only your own personal development but also in your appreciation for global forestry issues.

Completion of a level 7 Higher Education Qualification – MSc

Successful completion of a masters will significantly increase your knowledge of your selected field of study. Masters degrees typically last one or two years but longer if studied part time. At the end of your studies you will be in a very strong position to apply for a PhD qualification. If not, a career in forest research or management is another option with statistics showing just 12% of master’s qualified applicants not gaining employment within six months of graduation.

Completion of a level 8 Higher Education Qualification – PhD

A doctorate is the highest degree awarded by universities in the UK. You will be required to submit a thesis consisting of sufficient original material which is considered suitable for publication. You will be required to defend your thesis before a panel of expert examiners appointed by the University. A full-time doctorate normally takes 3 years and part-time around 6 years.