Sustainable Land Use (SCQF Level 11) CPD Award

Course code F85SL

What is special about this course?

The way we use land (and who makes those decisions) has profound implications for where we can live, what employment is available, how we eat, how we spend our leisure time and what animals and plants we come into contact with. Land is a finite resource which is gradually reducing in quality and quantity, both in Scotland and around the world. In this context, it is becoming increasingly important to consider how we integrate certain land uses, what the implications of this may be, and to what extent this can be considered a sustainable approach to utilising this finite resource.

In rural Scotland today, we are wrestling with many of these issues in a number of ways, such as: the rural housing crisis; agricultural reform and the ongoing role of crofting; the burgeoning natural capital market; the future of hunting and shooting estates; the renewed interest in ‘rewilding’ and biodiversity protection; and reforms in the ownership and governance of land. Join our CPD Award Sustainable Land Use (SCQF level 11) module to explore these debates from the perspective of policy, practice, and theory, learning how we can own, use, and manage land in ways which provide for sustainable economic, social, and environmental objectives, while prioritising and integrating the voices of local people.

Special features

  • Fully online, allowing flexible study from anywhere in the world
  • Course materials regularly updated to include contemporary issues and ongoing debates, both in Scotland and internationally
  • Course delivered by active researchers in the area of land and communities
  • Specific focus on necessary land use considerations in an era of scarcity and climate change

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

You will study the following core module:

  • Sustainable land use

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time
  • You will study fully online, with no scheduled sessions or tutorials
  • Online study will be done via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
  • You will have the option to take part in an online induction in the August before your course begins

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 15 weeks @ 10-12 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent on online study and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth
  • This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at the Centre for Mountain Studies, UHI Perth

Start date

  • September


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Land management
  • Planning
  • Conservation
  • Local development

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from this CPD Award Sustainable Land Use (SCQF level 11) to the following courses:

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

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