Taught course


University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

◾An Honours degree or above, or: ◾Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis

BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management; BSc (Hons) Environmental Science; BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development; BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Working as an outdoor guide or running a business in the outdoors can be rewarding as well as offer a great lifestyle. This practical, hands-on MSc Ecotourism has been designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to enter this fast-growing global industry. Based in and around Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, you will have the opportunity to study in the best outdoor environment in Britain.

You will be mentored by subject experts and leading research-active academics who have daily interactions with key players in ecotourism and adventure tourism in the Highlands of Scotland and beyond. There are also opportunities to participate in a range of projects in Iceland, Norway and Spain or to join a field trip to Belize, where the jungles and coral reefs are the settings for many world-class ecotourism businesses.

You will also work with professional outdoor guides, ecotourism business consultants and leading academics in the field, to enhance your knowledge, critical thinking and innovative product development ability in the industry.

Special features

  • The degree is delivered in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands
  • Practical activity and field trips are included
  • You will have access to outstanding ecotourism operations and adventure travel businesses
  • You will join a thriving, supportive student community with seminar groups, clubs and research associations
  • You can work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree


Core modules are:

  • Ecotourism
  • Tourism policy and management
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Understanding the tourist experience
  • Nature-based destination development

For the PgCert you will study Ecotourism and choose two further modules from the above list.


You will study the remaining two core modules from those listed in the PgCert, ensuring you have completed all five core modules.

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • People and nature
  • Environmental and social issues in mountain areas
  • Research methods and techniques (required for continuing to the award of MSc


To achieve the award of MSc Ecotourism you must complete a research dissertation.

Where can I study my course?

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) on-site: Scottish/EU £520; Rest of UK £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): International on-site £1100. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation

Postgraduate Loans from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

Amount: £3,400 (full-time); £1,700 (part-time up to two years)

Eligibility: Scottish-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students on eligible courses.

Award: Eligible applicants can apply from April to SAAS for the following loans:-

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan – up to £3,400 for full-time study and £1,700 for annum for part-time study up to two years, this covers fees up to postgraduate diploma level

Postgraduate Living Cost Loan – full-time students can also apply for a living cost loan up to £4,500

Students will have to fund the difference between the loan awarded and the actual cost of the postgraduate programme.

How to Apply: You should apply directly to SAAS.

Website: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

UHI Helpline
0845 272 3600