Study Options (all full-time study)
(1) Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry (PGD) (1 year, coursework + research, resulting in Project report);
(2) Master of Forest Science (MSc) (2 years, coursework + research, resulting in Thesis);
(3) Forestry Master of Philosophy (MPhil) (2 years, research, resulting in Thesis).
The PGD is recommended as starting point for postgraduate studies unless the applicant has demonstrated exceptional science writing skill, earned high marks in a final year project, and/or earned a bachelor's degree with distinction.
Upon high recommendation by their supervisor and head of the department, students who complete their PGD on time can be invited to upgrade to the M.S. Forestry (requiring an additional year of full-time research and successful thesis submission).
A research-only PhD program is available in specialized fields of forestry where faculty supervisory capacity and time exists; opportunities announced in the current year's Unitech postgraduate study advertisement (usually June).
Both the PGD and M.S. degree study program involves a mixture of required and elective courses. Not all elective courses are taught every year. For further details on general structure, consult "Procedures for Higher Degree Candidates" and the most recent University Calendar.
All courses are assessed in varying combinations of reports, literature assessments and other assignments, tests, fieldwork, analytical discussions (via 'journal club' formats) and/or final examinations. Assessment tools are flexibly applied according to the number of students in class.
Projects/Theses are graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory, with a “Satisfactory grade” required to earn the postgraduate diploma/degree.