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Sustainable Rural Development


Course Description

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 in the world.

Special Features

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; People 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 UHI Masters Programme

Msc

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

Locations

This course is available online with support from Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

Access routes

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

Study Options

You will study through supported online learning using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
A fully online induction web resource is available to all new students and you are encouraged to refer to this during your first term in particular. An optional two-day induction is also available each September in Inverness, Scotland.

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

Funding

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

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

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. 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

Visit the Sustainable Rural Development page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Kirsty Robb

1213.jpg I was made aware of the MSc Managing Sustainable Rural Development course through my employment with Carnegie UK Trust as the co-ordinator of their rural programme. My role with Carnegie is to co-ordinate the Commission for Rural Community Development and the Rural Action Research Programme which is co-funded by the Big Lottery. After working with Carnegie for a year (June 05 – June 06), I felt as if I had hit the ground running and looked into opportunities where I could take a step back to consolidate and further increase my understanding of this field. Frank Rennie, the course leader, also works with the Carnegie UK Trust as a consultant and he alerted me to the course and sent information through. The course fitted in with what I was looking for as it allowed me to study whilst still continuing to work with the remote learning emphasis adding to this.

My interest in rural areas and issues precedes my employment with Carnegie. I was brought up on a farm in rural Perthshire, which is still managed by my family. I have a great commitment to rural development and a belief in the importance it plays in achieving sustainability both in rural and urban areas. Time-wise, it is difficult balancing a full-time job with studying although I am fortunate that the course I am studying is directly related to my job and I have a sympathetic and supportive employer. It was a bit of a shock to the system giving up time in the evenings and at weekends to study but once you are in a routine it gets easier! I still get frustrated though as there never seems enough time to read all the articles etc that you become aware of and interested in. It also takes a bit of self-discipline posting comments, feedback on the discussion board every week with no tutor sitting in front of you directly asking you questions.

I would recommend this course to people working in this field to increase their knowledge and skills and to those that are looking at a way of entering this field. The whole course is delivered online. It is a flexible and well-managed course and can fit in easily with a full-time job. You also have the option of leaving at different stages with a qualification (PgCert/PgDip/MSc).


(Scholarship)

Scottish Saltire for International Students only - No. of awards TBC

Scotland's Saltire Scholarship is a programme of scholarships funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Scottish Universities. The scheme offers 100 awards, each worth £4000 as a contribution towards the tuition fees, for any one year of study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course.Award
£4000 towards tuition fees (for any one year of study)Deadline
The deadline for applications for the 2016/17 scholarships is 1 May 2016 (Midnight BST)Notification of awards
Your university will inform you shortly after the closing date.More information can be found on the Scotland Saltire Scholarship Webpage or you may contact our UHI World team via [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

4000

Eligibility

You must be:
be a national of one of the following countries: Canada, China, India, United States of America
you will have applied to UHI for a place starting in September 2016 or January 2017 and have firmly accepted the offer, either conditional or unconditional before applying
your course must be at an Undergraduate, Masters or Phd level and it must fall into one of the priority subject areas: creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services, renewable and clean energy (see the full list of subjects here)
you must be able to demonstrate that you can meet the costs of living and remaining tuition fees

Application Procedure

To apply please visit the Scottish Saltire Scholarship Webpage

Further Information

http://www.scotland.org/study-in-scotland/scholarships/saltire-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands and should have firmly accepted that offer. Applicants who do not hold an offer of admission by the deadline will not be considered for the award.Criteria
The bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances.Selection Procedure
A Selection Committee will meet in June 2016 to review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £4000

Eligibility

The bursaries will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis for a taught postgraduate programme of study at the University of the Highlands and Islands. To be eligible, applicants must;Be Scottish by birth OR
Be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR
Have received three full years of secondary, further and/or higher education in Scotland

Application Procedure

A completed application form, together with the correct supporting documentation as outlined in Section D of the form, should be received by Michaela Gilmore by the closing date of 31st May 2016 in order to be considered for the award.

Further Information

http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/funding/bursaries-and-special-funds/carnegie-cameron-taught-postgraduate-bursaries-1


(Scholarship)

Bursaries and special funds - No. of awards TBC

Scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries may be available to our postgraduate students, Please check our website for more information.https://www.uhi.ac.uk/other-funding-sources
https://www.uhi.ac.uk/bursaries-and-special-funds

Value of Scholarship(s)

Varies

Eligibility

Various - see webpages

Application Procedure

Please see our website for details of the application process for any relevant funds.

Further Information

http://www.uhi.ac.uk/funding


(Scholarship)

University of the Highlands and Islands Alumni Discount - No. of awards TBC

A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses. The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.

Further Information

http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/alumni/alumni-benefits/alumni-benefits-sign-up


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Loans from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) - No. of awards TBC

Eligible applicants can apply from April to SAAS for the following loans:-Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan – up to £3,400 for full-time study and £1,700 for annum for part-time study up to two years, this covers fees up to postgraduate diploma levelPostgraduate Living Cost Loan – full-time students can also apply for a living cost loan up to £4,500Students will have to fund the difference between the loan awarded and the actual cost of the postgraduate programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,400 (full-time); £1,700 (part-time up to two years)

Eligibility

Scottish-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students on eligible courses.

Application Procedure

You should apply directly to SAAS.

Further Information

http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm



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

Course Fees

In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) Online: Scottish/EU £520; Rest of UK £650; International £820. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation


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