Working as an outdoor guide or running a business in the outdoors can be rewarding as well as offer a great lifestyle. This practical, hands-on MSc Ecotourism has been designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to enter this fast-growing global industry. Based in and around Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, you will have the opportunity to study in the best outdoor environment in Britain.
You will be mentored by subject experts and leading research-active academics who have daily interactions with key players in ecotourism and adventure tourism in the Highlands of Scotland and beyond. There are also opportunities to participate in a range of projects in Iceland, Norway and Spain or to join a field trip to Belize, where the jungles and coral reefs are the settings for many world-class ecotourism businesses.
You will also work with professional outdoor guides, ecotourism business consultants and leading academics in the field, to enhance your knowledge, critical thinking and innovative product development ability in the industry.
The degree is delivered in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands
Practical activity and field trips are included
You will have access to outstanding ecotourism operations and adventure travel businesses
You will join a thriving, supportive student community with seminar groups, clubs and research associations
You can work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
Core modules are: Ecotourism; You will choose two further modules from: Tourism policy and management; Sustainable tourism; Understanding the tourist experience; Nature-based destination development
You will study the remaining two core modules from those listed in the PgCert, ensuring you have completed all five modules.
You will also choose one option module which may include: People and nature; Environmental and social issues in mountain areas; Research methods and techniques (required for continuing to the award of MSc)
To achieve the award of MSc Ecotourism you must complete a research dissertation
This course is available at West Highland College UHI, Carmichael Way, Fort William, PH33 6FF
You will learn through a combination of field work, case studies and face-to-face lectures at Fort William.
Top five reasons to study at UHI
1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep
Scholarships relevant to this course are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UHI, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate
How to apply
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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. 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
An Honours degree or above, or Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): Scottish/EU on-site £520; Rest of UK on-site £650; International on-site £1100.