Taught course

Sustainable Rural 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. A bridging module is available to people with substantial professional experience, but no undergraduate degree

Various undergraduate programmes - please see course website

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you want to progress into a managerial role in rural development, this postgraduate course in Sustainable Rural Development is for you.

You will study social, environmental, economic and professional development and community engagement issues in the context of managing rural development.

The MSc Sustainable Rural Development can be studied online from anywhere world.

Special features

  • Develop key research and policy skills
  • Study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree
  • Study online, full time or part time to suit your lifestyle
  • A fully online induction web resource is available to all new students and you are encouraged to refer to this during your first term in particular. An optional two-day induction is also available each September in Inverness, Scotland.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

Where can I study my course?


Core modules are:

  • Local economic development
  • Developing communities
  • People and nature


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

  • Biodiversity management
  • Developing potential through placement
  • Environmental and Social issues in mountain areas
  • Field studies
  • Policy analysis
  • Research methods and techniques (strongly recommended if you intend to continue to MSc)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable land use and renewable energy in rural Scotland
  • Sustainable development
  • An elective may also be taken from any UHI Masters Programme


To achieve the award of MSc Sustainable Rural Development you must complete a research dissertation.

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


part time
24-36 months
full time
24 months
distance learning
24-72 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600