Tropical Forestry (International Commonwealth Scholarship) MSc by Distance Learning

Academic year 2020


Applicants are expected to have at least an upper-second class degree in a relevant subject (forestry, conservation, land management, natural sciences, economics). Candidates with lower qualifications (e.g. lower second class degree or professional qualifications) who have sufficient, relevant work experience may also be considered.

Unlike in previous years, the CSC no longer stipulates that candidates need to provide evidence of their competence in English by means of IELTS.

The CSC requires that all applicants ensure they have at least one independent reference in support of their application. Applications for scholarships MUST be made directly through the CSC Electronic Application System (See ‘Apply’).

In order to study on this programme, students must have regular access to a computer with internet access, as the University cannot provide such facilities to distance learning students. Scholars who do not have access to reliable electricity and computing facilities will not be shortlisted for a scholarship. A small study grant (~GBP £150/year) will be provided to successful scholars to assist them with the costs of computing and internet access.

Applicants must ensure they are eligible for entry to the programme and that distance learning is an appropriate mode of study for them before applying for a CSC scholarship.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)


Applicants who do not apply directly to the CSC cannot be considered for a CSC scholarship on MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning).

In order to be considered for nomination for a CSC scholarship, you must apply directly to the CSC.

The 2020 application round is a two-stage process with two deadlines. All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 13th April 2020 at the latest. All applications must include the following supporting documentation by 16.00 (GMT) on 4th May 2020 in order for their applications to be eligible for consideration:

  • Copy of valid passport or national ID card showing photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system.
  • At least one reference – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system. Referees will be sent an email request however applicants are responsible for seeking permission from their referees in advance of submitting their application; for ensuring that their referees are available to complete the reference by the deadline; and that the referees have received the reference request email.
  • An offer letter from Bangor University for a place of study in the 2020/21 academic year – uploaded to the CSC’s online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.

The CSC online application portal is now open and you should now:

  • Access the CSC Electronic Application System via
  • Carefully read the information guide for distance learning candidates and then there is a link to access the ‘online application’ directly from there.
  • All queries from candidates about the CSC EAS should be directed to [email protected]

Bangor University scholarship nomination procedure:

  • In order for us to nominate the most suitable applicants, we shall select candidates for scholarships based on the batch applications to the CSC EAS. To assist us in this, please outline the following in the Future Career Plans (Objectives during the award) section of your CSC EAS application form
  • Why you want to study tropical forestry at postgraduate level
  • Why distance learning is your preferred route for undertaking further education
  • Why you are well-suited to study by distance learning
  • How your registration on a distance learning forestry programme will fit into your existing work and personal commitments
  • You may also add other relevant information and/or experience you feel is necessary to support your application.
  • Two genuine references.
  • Once we have drawn up a shortlist, we will then arrange Skype / telephone interviews with applicants. Therefore, you MUST include both your email address and a Skype / telephone number by which we can contact you. Applicants who we are unable to contact via email or telephone for interview will not be shortlisted.
  • Applicants who are shortlisted by Bangor University for the CSC scholarship will be contacted by email to arrange a telephone interview. We will then submit our nominations (10 nominees plus 5 reserves) to the CSC who will make the final decisions. We expect the CSC to announce their final decisions by July 2020.


Application will close on 13 April 2020


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