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This BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development is the ideal course for you if you are interested in helping communities to develop in a way that is sustainable and highlights the importance of the relationship between the economic, social, political and environmental spheres.
The emphasis globally on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and more locally on community empowerment, resilience and community land ownership mean that graduates of this course are ideally situated to understand and respond to many of the key challenges in today's world.
The course takes an inter-disciplinary and forward-thinking approach, which combines the theoretical and the practical. It has a great success rate for graduate employment. Graduates have gone on to careers in community economic development and managing rural development initiatives as well as working with key agencies.
You will have the opportunity to engage online with other students from around the world, and if you wish, to meet your fellow students, staff and practitioners face-to-face at a residential study weekend, which provide real added value to your overall study experience.
(You may also be interested in our BSc (Hons) Geography course)
You must also complete a dissertation.
You will have support from your tutors via email, Skype and online discussions. The course is also available for international enrolment.
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||CertHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2016-17 and 2017-18).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or the EU/EEA without a term-time address in Scotland, i.e. studying from their home country, the following fees apply:
|Full-time online per year (120 credit modules)||£6,120||£6,120|
|Part-time online (per 20 credit module)***||£1,020||£1,020|
This fee also applies to Scottish students who do not have a term-time address in Scotland.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and without a term-time address in Scotland, ie studying online from their home country, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£6,120||£6,350|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year***||£3,060||£3,180|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)***||£1,020||£1,060|
***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development course, you might like to consider careers in:
You can progress from the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Rural Development to:
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The course was perfect for me as I was very interested in working in my community, for its future. I now work for the North Harris Trust as a Project Development Officer. I am currently working on a project to purchase and refurbish the former Scalpay Care Unit into two much needed houses. Affordable housing is a real issue in Harris and so this project will help the local island community.
Karen MacRae graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Rural Development from Lews Castle College UHI.
For my current job role I work in the outdoors, however I didn’t want to complete an outdoor management course as I have other similar professional qualifications, but I did want to study a relevant subject for continuing professional development. This course is perfect, and has opened doors to some new and interesting subjects that I didn’t have prior knowledge of and have turned out to be very relevant to my job.
I have studied previously at Oxford University and through the Open University however I chose to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands because of the course content and how relevant this is to my interests and desired area of study. The fact that I could study online and remotely was a major factor too.
Isobel Oakley, 4th year BSc (Hons) Sustainable Management student enrolled at our Lews Castle College UHI campus.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
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