The environment is a major focus of teaching within the School and Geography is central to this. Furthermore, 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. This degree combines developing an understanding of the physical processes that shape the world with understanding relationship between humankind and the environment and how sustainable management of environmental resources can benefit society. The world’s forests, vital to the global ecosystem and covering 30% of the world’s land area, are key to this. On this course students develop knowledge and transferable skills across traditional subject boundaries and will be prepared for the challenge of managing forests for the many benefits they provide, at a time of global environmental change. Our courses place an emphasis on field visits and fieldwork as well as opportunities to enhance employability through professional placements and skills. Click here for more information about the School's activities and expertise in the field of Geography or here for 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). The dramatic coastline and rugged mountains of north Wales, combined with the facilities of a modern University department, make Bangor an excellent place to study Geography. These courses take full advantage of our superb location including, the coast and mountains of north Wales, designated landscapes, rich cultural and industrial heritage of the area, and our proximity to the Snowdonia National Park. With all this on the doorstep, you won’t have to travel far for fieldwork! 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.