Taught course

Sustainable Rural Development

Institution
University of the Highlands and Islands · Environment and Rural Resource Management
Qualifications
MSc

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

BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies BSc Sustainable Forest Management BA (Hons) Health Studies (Rural Health) BA (Hons) Business and Management BA (Hons) Social Sciences BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development BSc (Hons) Geography

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

  • A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.
  • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
  • Gain practical experience in understanding current rural development issues and working with communities
  • 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

Modules
PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Local economic development
  • Developing communities
  • Communities and nature

PgDip

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 of the university's Masters Programme, e.g. other research skills, modules such as Qualitive Inquiry or Quantative Research and Data Management

MSc

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

Locations

This course is available at Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff

2. Choice of campuses - from small, rural and island communities, to the busy towns and cities of the region, our 13 friendly, safe campuses offer something for everyone

3. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

4. Do something different and special - UHI has expertise in a variety of specialist subjects, including: renewable energy; adventure tourism; Gaelic; archaeology; marine science; art and textiles, and more!

5. Flexible learning options mean that you can study part time or full time, online from home or work, or at one of our campuses or local learning centres, and fit your study into your life

Information for international students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation
International students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): International online £852. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation

The University of the Highlands and Islands is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support for Scottish-domiciled/EU students, studying full time, on this course starting in September 2017 to help talented students join this key growth sector for the Scottish economy. Fees will be funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes.

To be eligible for this funding students must meet the criteria for Scottish domiciled or EU fee status and be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands Transition Region for the duration of their studies. In accordance with funding regulations, tuition fee support will only be available to students who meet the funding eligibility criteria and are self-funding i.e. who are not in receipt of funding for tuition fees from other sources, including employers. Funded places will be allocated and successful applicants notified in June.

Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified applicants. Students who do not meet the eligibility for the tuition fee support, or are not successful in being allocated one of the limited places, will be responsible for paying their own fees. However, there are other potential sources of funding support available.

For more details, please see Funded Postgraduate Places

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality,please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration

MSc

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

Course contact details

Name
Information Line
Email
info@uhi.ac.uk
Phone
0845 272 3600