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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Country / Rural Estate Management Nature Conservation / Protection (Land)

Course type


Course Summary

About the Course

The factors affecting the wider environment are constantly increasing and range from agriculture and forestry to recreation, urban development and population growth. These in turn have knock-on effects such as climate change, water and food shortages, habitat and species loss and the impact of non-native species.

One of the areas where these factors come together is in the field of countryside management where the public use of the countryside interacts with professional land managers and can result in conflict.

In the context of this programme and the degree programme from which it has developed the term countryside management encompasses a broad range of topics and land uses ranging from conservation management to rural land use planning and interpretation to land use history. Applications are accepted from those both with or without specifically related previous qualifications - previous students have included graduates of History, Education, Business Management and Engineering, as well as Biological and Natural Sciences. Non-graduate entrants have included students with significant experience in aspects such as countryside rangering, town & country planning and ecology.

Students are expected to have a broad knowledge of how the countryside that we see around us has developed in a historical context and how this relates to factors such as climate, ecology and soils. This in turn helps to determine current land use practice whether it be for agriculture or forestry, conservation management or recreation.

Inevitably these land uses are interlinked in complex ways and the countryside manager is expected to be able to identify the potential conflicts and to arrive at appropriate management options.

Of course there is rarely a simple answer in such situations and the resulting decisions have to be based on an understanding of the competing claims and an awareness of how to work with individuals, interest groups and communities to ensure that stakeholders' views have been taken into account.

University of GlasgowThe MSc/PgDip/PgCert Countryside Management is validated by the University of Glasgow.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


3 years

Start date



The ability to identify, survey and evaluate the ecological importance of species and habitats is a key skill, fundamental to the appropriate management of sites and decision making in the planning process. The module uses technical guidance material to ensure it introduces students to the industry standards. It will also develop core skills such as GIS, mapping and accessing data sources.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students need to pay £2,940 and £2000 (MSc project) for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £5100 and £2000 (MSc project) for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A degree or evidence of equivalent academic competence and /or extensive work experience in a relevant sector.