If you want to make a real difference towards the sustainability of mountain regions, this postgraduate course in Sustainable Mountain Development is for you.
You will access the latest thinking on complex mountain issues by studying modules with a focus on advanced theory and practice relating to environmental, social, economic and professional development. By the end of your studies, you will be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to help you understand and manage the real challenges faced by people living in mountainous areas today.
The course is part time; you will study all modules online with support from experts at the
Centre for Mountain Studies
, based at Perth College UHI, and around the UHI network. This allows you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments. If you are not able to complete the full MSc, you can exit with a PgCert by completing the 3 core modules or a PgDip by also completing 3 optional modules.
The MSc Sustainable Mountain Development can be studied online from anywhere in the world.
Develop key scientific and policy skills
Learn from experts in the field of sustainable mountain development at the Centre for Mountain Studies, including Professor Martin Price, holder of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development
Study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree
Study online, part-time to suit your lifestyle
Core modules are: Environmental and social issues in mountain areas; Sustainable development; Policy analysis
Optional modules, from which you must choose three, include: Biodiversity management; Developing communities; Developing potential through placement; Field studies; Local economic development; People and nature; Research methods and techniques; Sustainable deer management; Sustainable rural land use and energy; Sustainable tourism; Water management; An elective from any UHI Masters Programme
To achieve the award of MSc Sustainable Mountain Development you must complete a 15,000 word research dissertation on a topic of your own choice.
This course is available online with support from Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX
You will study through supported online learning using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
If possible, you are strongly encouraged to attend a two-day induction in Scotland at the start of your course. However, if this is not possible, online/phone induction can be arranged.
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
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.
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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
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
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) Online: Scottish/EU £520; Rest of UK £650; International £820. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation