students working in the Dumfries teaching garden

Your learning environment

We help you develop a strong set of graduate skills. All our programmes are professionally oriented, providing you with practical experience and a solid academic foundation.

The outdoor classroom

Our local landscape is a real-life laboratory for teaching and research. Forestry, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, wildlife conservation, tourism and community projects are all important to the local landscape, culture and economy. Student groups have the opportunity to visit some of our many fieldwork bases, study locations, and partner organisations.

Fieldtrips and guest lectures

Fieldtrips and guest lectures are essential parts of your programme. We place great value on a practical approach and on a variety of perspectives, ensuring that you gain a strong set of professionally oriented skills as well as an academic background. You can be confident that whatever your discipline, your learning will be active and interesting.

Work placements and professional skills

To enhance your opportunities after graduation, work placements or work experience are offered as part of our degree programmes. In partnership with a wide range of local, national and international organisations, we can help you to source a quality work placement, and to plan and carry out projects which are supported and mentored by academic staff. These projects are designed to deliver clear benefits to you and tangible results for the placement provider.

Student placements and field study experiences

  • Scottish Government
  • National Health Service
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Scotland’s Rural College
  • Australian Koala Foundation
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council schools.