Honours degree in a relevant subject Applicants with an ordinary degree or other qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience will also be considered Applicants with formal qualifications below the level of HND who possess substantial experience in an appropriate field or have demonstrated exceptional abilities may also be admitted to the course
BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences;BSc (Hons) Sustainable Rural Development; BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies; BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering
Months of entry
Communities have a key role to play in the development of a low carbon society. Are you keen to discover more about how renewable and low-carbon energy production can play a central role in community development? Do you want to be at the centre of and lead these developments?
This Developing Low-Carbon Communities course will enable you to do exactly that and, taught by recognised experts, you can be confident you will graduate armed with the most up-to-date information and highest quality skills.
Studying online, on a full-time or part-time basis, you will critically analyse the theories, principles and concepts of renewable energy, carbon budgeting and community development.
- 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.
- Modules are led by recognised experts in the field of community development and low carbon technologies
- You will study by way of online distance learning, full time or part time, which means you can fit your studies around your professional and personal life
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
Core modules are:
- Sustainable development
- Transition to a low carbon society
- Renewable energy technologies
Option modules, from which you will choose three, include:
- Energy, climate and carbon
- Participatory approaches to community consultation
- Developing a community energy project
- Local economic development
- Developing communities
- Research methods (strongly recommended to continue to MSc)
Option modules available subject to previous qualification/experience:
- Energy modelling for buildings
- Tidal, wind and future energy
To achieve the award of MSc Developing Low-Carbon Communities you must complete the PgDip and a research dissertation.
This course is available online with support from North Highland College UHI, Ormlie Road, Thurso, KW14 7EE
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
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. https://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 https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
Fees and funding
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.
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
Course contact details
- UHI Information Line
- 0845 272 3600