Taught course

Sustainable Mountain Development

University of the Highlands and Islands · Environment and Rural Resource Management

Entry requirements

◾Honours degree or ordinary degree in a relevant subject ◾Postgraduate diploma or professional qualification in a relevant subject ◾Other qualifications will be considered if accompanied by a minimum of three years' relevant professional experience

Months of entry


Course content

If you want to make a real difference to the sustainability of mountain regions, this postgraduate course in Sustainable Mountain Development is for you.

You will access the latest thinking on complex mountain issues and study modules with a focus on advanced theory and practice relating to environmental, social, economic and professional development. By the end of your studies, you will be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to help you manage the real challenges faced by people living in mountainous areas today.

You will study part time, and all modules are studied online with support from experts at the Centre for Mountain Studies, based at Perth College UHI. This allows you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

The MSc Sustainable Mountain Development can be studied online from anywhere in the world.

Special features

  • Develop key scientific and policy skills
  • Learn from experts in the field of mountain development at the Centre for Mountain Studies, including Professor Martin Price, holder of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development
  • Study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree
  • Study online, part time to suit your lifestyle
  • If possible, you are strongly encouraged to attend a two-day induction in Scotland at the start of your course. However, if this is not possible, online/phone induction can be arranged.

Where can I study my course?


Core modules are:

  • Environmental and social issues in mountain areas
  • Sustainable development
  • Policy analysis


Optional modules, from which you must choose three, include:

  • Biodiversity management
  • Developing communities
  • Developing potential through placement
  • Field studies
  • Local economic development
  • People and nature
  • Research methods and techniques
  • Sustainable deer management
  • Sustainable rural land use and energy
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Water management
  • An elective from any UHI Masters Programme


To achieve the award of MSc Sustainable Mountain Development you must complete a 15,000 word research dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

Information for international students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) online: International £820


  • Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm

Please see the course website

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 - 72 months
part time
36 - 72 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600