By Chris King, The Telegraph’s business editorMore than 1,300 people applied to study forestry and forest medicine at Nottingham Trent University this year, but only a small number were chosen for the job, which pays up to £9,000 a year and offers an opportunity to become a doctor.
“It’s about the ability to take your skills and get involved in something that you want to do,” said David Lewis, a doctor who applied to the degree.
“The degree is the most important part of it, and I think it’s also really about working with patients.”
The position requires the doctor to work with people in their 20s and 30s to help them recover from their injuries.
The average duration of the training is about six months, and the average salary is around £9.80 per hour, the most in the UK.
There is also a new degree called “Forest Medicine” that is similar to forestry, but takes a different approach.
The university said it has a “unique” curriculum, which has been developed in collaboration with the Forestry Commission and the World Health Organisation, to provide a more tailored approach to the teaching of forestry.
“In my opinion, it’s a better course than the traditional forestry course,” said Lewis, who is currently studying at the University of Bristol, where he has completed his degree.
He said he was surprised by the degree, given his previous experience as a medical student.
“I thought I’d go into this as a paramedic, but when I got in, I was thinking, ‘I’m going to do something else,'” he said.
“If I had gone into the forestry course I wouldn’t have had the experience.”
He said that he thought the new Forestry Medicine degree would provide a much more “intelligent” approach to teaching.
“You can get really good advice in this course and then work with them,” he said, adding that he felt it would be a more efficient course to learn about the role of trees in human health.