Sustainable Deer Management CPD Award

What is special about this course?

This online postgraduate CPD award in Sustainable Deer Management is aimed at those working in the land management sector (e.g. estate management, forestry, agriculture, ecological consultancy) and in conservation organisations. It covers both practical and policy aspects of deer management and is also useful for those working in government agencies with remits covering land use and environmental issues.

The module reflects the growing demand for ‘sustainable’ deer management in Scotland, uniting both the sporting elements and environmental or conservation-based approaches.

For those already practising deer management, the module offers valuable academic recognition that can enhance employment opportunities. It provides an in-depth understanding of the role of stakeholders in deer management and the importance of collaborative working. The learning outcomes can be put into practice by professionals working in practical deer management or conservation and by those working in policy development.

Special features

This module is delivered fully online and will benefit those seeking a holistic and up-to-date understanding of deer management including:

  • The policy and institutional context for deer management in Scotland
  • Deer ecology and behaviour (including population dynamics)
  • Deer management planning
  • A review of the science behind deer management.

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • Other qualifications will be considered for those with a minimum of three years relevant professional experience

CPD Award

The module learning outcomes are:

  • Critically assess and understand the processes and scientific principles which underpin the practice of sustainable deer management
  • Demonstrate a consolidated knowledge and understanding of a range of different skills and techniques relating to sustainable deer management
  • Critically reflect on the objectives for deer management in relation to sustainable land management, particularly in rural and mountain areas


How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for a number of years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment.
  • Part Time

Students on this programme currently have the opportunity to attend the Integrated Land Use Conference.

You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). You will have the opportunity to share information and experience with other students from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. You will be assessed on two written essays/reports and on your contribution to the discussion board.

You will be supported by the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College UHI.  For more information on the centre and courses available, please contact or +44 (0)1738 877761.

How long will my course last?

Part-time: 15 weeks starting in January

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI - This module is fully online. You will be enrolled at and receive support from Perth College UHI

Start date

  • January


Fees for this online postgaduate course will depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC)Rest of the UK (RUKO)/EU (EUO)International (INTO)
CPD award (20 credit module) £560 £650 £980

Students domiciled in the EU/EEA, with a term-time address in Scotland, will pay the SC fee, those living in the rest of the UK will pay RUKO fees.

2019-20Scottish (SC)Rest of the UK (RUKO)/EU (EUO)International (INTO)
CPD award (20 credit module) £560 £650 £960


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The module gives valuable academic recognition that can enhance employment opportunities. Professionals working in practical deer management or conservation and those in policy development can use the learning outcomes to develop their own working practices.

Can I progress into further study?

This module is part of the MSc Sustainable Mountain Development and, after successful completion of the CPD award, you may want to consider building to the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or the full masters award.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Jan/Feb 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

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