Taught course

Developing Low Carbon Communities

University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering

Entry requirements

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


Course content

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.

Special features

  • 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.


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


Qualification and course duration


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


part time
24 months
distance learning
12 - 24 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
12 months
full time
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600