The MSc Sustainable Mountain Development is an online, part-time interdisciplinary programme with exit awards at Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), and MSc levels.
You can view the course leaflet and read some comments from former students here
2018/19 Academic Year
Fees and Funding
From 2017/18 students on this course who meet the Scottish residence eligibility can apply through the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a tuition fee loan (part-time students must complete the course in within two years. Further information is available here.
2017/18 fees are available here; there is likely to be a small increase in fees for 18/19.
All of the course modules are also available as standalone courses for Continuing Professional Development. Please contact us for more information. Experts from across the UHI help equip you with a qualification tailored for working in mountain areas.
Three core modules for the Pg Cert/Pg Dip/MSc:
- Environmental and social issues in mountain areas (semester 1)
- Policy analysis (semester 1)
- Sustainable development (semester 2)
A range of optional modules are available online, some of these are for skills development; others will help to develop a deeper understanding of the key issues. Please note that some optional modules do not run every year.
- Biodiversity management (semester 2)
- Developing communities (semester 2)
- Developing potential through placement
- Local economic development (semester 2)
- Communities and nature (semester 1)
- Research methods and techniques - if you are planning to continue to dissertation level, it is strongly recommended that you take this module (semester 1)
- Sustainable deer management - further information is available here (semester 2), module descriptor
- Sustainable land use and renewable energy (semester 1), module descriptor
- Sustainable tourism (semester 2)
- Water management - further information is available here (semester 2), module descriptor
Students continuing to the MSc carry out a research dissertation into an issue of their choice, selected in consultation with a supervisor. The results are presented in a 15,000 word dissertation. This is a 60 credit module and the fee in 2017/18 is £1,560 (Scottish online); £1,950 (Rest of UK, incl EU online); £2,556 (International online).