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Arboriculture and Urban Forestry MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Arboriculture Forestry (General) Urban Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. This on-line MSc Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, awarded from the University of Central Lancashire, is a ground-breaking course with an international profile. The course recognises the multidisciplinary approach needed to design, maintain and manage trees as part of green infrastructure projects. The course is designed for professionals who wish to engage further with an understanding of urban trees, their management, and sustainable ways forward for our urban forests.

The course encourages debate and critical evaluation of practices and innovative research within arboriculture and urban forestry, taking both a scientific and industry viewpoint on current practice. We look at the current issues in delivering good tree care and healthy urban forests – because trees and urban green space contribute so much to the liveability of our urban areas and yet they are often neglected as a topic or seen only as a secondary resource in urban areas.

Importantly, the course requires its students to take a critical and evaluative stance on urban forestry, allowing them to develop further their skills and knowledge within this discipline and to be able to develop their professional opinion on key matters that affect trees in our townscapes. Academic standards on this course are high, such that MSc student research projects are frequently to a standard suitable for publication in relevant academic journals.

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Study mode



3 years

Start date



One cannot have a sustainable urban forest without establishing a new generation of trees. In the light of scientific advances in the areas of tree production and establishment, this module casts a critical eye not just over current practice but also the bigger issues that may affect provision of new tree planting, particularly focussing on biosecurity and climate change as threats to our next generation of urban trees.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£695 per module

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£1200 per module

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applications are sought from individuals possessing a minimum of Lower Second Class (2.2) Honours Degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline. Candidates not possessing an Honours Degree at the above grade but with relevant professional qualifications and experience will be welcomed. All non-standard applicants may be interviewed to assess suitability for the course. Career experience plus evidence of study skills may also be considered. Consideration will be given to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience. Applicants are encouraged to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experience/Learning (APE/L) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis. All offers may be subject to successful interview.