Research course


University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Mountain studies

At our Centre for Mountain Studies, based at Perth College UHI, an international group of scientists is undertaking research in Scotland, Europe, and at the global level. A major focus is on policies for sustainable mountain development, and providing the evidence base for these. The centre hosts the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development and its world-class research underpins the MSc Managing Sustainable Mountain Development.

Environmental research

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI), based at North Highland College UHI in Thurso, is involved in research to address environmental issues and advance understanding of the sustainable use of the earth's natural resources. ERI's research priorities include: renewable energy; climate change; ecology; biogeochemistry; emerging contaminants; biotechnology; and bio resources.

Remote and Rural studies

Researchers at the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies investigate the social, economic, environmental and cultural opportunities and challenges facing remote and rural places and people. We do this through conducting high quality research, stimulating public debate and the analysis and evaluation of policy options that secure the long term wellbeing of remote and rural regions.

Recreation and Tourism

The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, based at West Highland College UHI, has strong outdoor industry links and works closely with practitioners, landowners and NGO’s to develop and enhance Scottish tourism through a range of knowledge exchange mechanisms.


Sustainability Network Projects, based at Lews Castle College UHI, the SEARCH and NERD projects are sustainability projects investigating social, economic, and environmental aspects to improve sustainable lifestyles in the rural areas. As a linking theme that unites geography with aspects of health, energy, economy, and culture, the research is directed at investigating practical examples of sustainability.

Our REF results are available here

Our Research Centres are listed here

Department specialisms

Environmental Sensitivity and Risk; Climatic and Environmental Change; Biogeochemistry; Pollution and Waste; Innovation in Natural Products; Sustainable Development; Renewable Energy;

Information for international students

UHI is emphatically a student-centred institution where research departments and support services ensure that international students are well integrated academically and socially. International students must have IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
International students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

Either by application for Research Council studentships and internally-funded studentships or self-funding.

Please see the University Funding web site here

For fee information please see this web page

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
48 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600