Sustainable Energy Solutions MSc

Information line 0845 272 3600*

What is special about this course?

As the renewable energy sector continues to grow there is a need for trained individuals to plan, implement and manage new renewable energy projects. This course will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to place you at the centre of such ventures.

If you are already working in or are interested in a career in the renewable energy or low-carbon technology sectors, this dynamic course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to critically analyse the theories, principles and concepts of low-carbon energy production and sustainability.  

Additionally the course will give you a firm understanding of the technical and economic case for renewables along with confidence to tackle the calculations required to assess their viability.

Special features

  • You will be taught by recognised experts in the field of renewable energy
  • You can study full time or part time
  • The course is delivered through online distance learning with support from expert staff at UHI, which means that you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You can choose to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree in a relevant subject 
  • Applicants with an ordinary degree or other qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience will also be considered
  • Applicants with formal qualifications below the level of HND who possess substantial experience in an appropriate field or have demonstrated exceptional abilities may also be admitted to the course

 

*Funding support notice*

A limited number of funded places may be available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

(see fees/funding tab for more information)

Access routes

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Energy, climate and carbon
  • Transition to a low-carbon society
  • Renewable energy technologies

PgDip

Option modules, from which you will choose three, include:

  • Sustainable rural land use and energy in rural Scotland
  • Energy modelling for building
  • Tidal, wave and future energy
  • Developing a community energy project
  • Sustainable development
  • Local economic development
  • Research methods (strongly recommended to continue to MSc.)

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc Sustainable Energy Solutions you must complete the PgDip plus a research dissertation

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • This method of flexible study enables you to fit your course and your professional development around your personal and professional life.
  • You will have support from your tutors and studies advisor.

How long will my course last?


  • Full time (MSc): 1 year @ 35 hours per week
  • Part time (MSc): 2 to 3 years @ 12 to 18 hours per week
  • Part time (PgDip): 2 years @ 12 to 18 hours per week
  • Part time (PgCert): 1 year @ 12 to 18 hours per week

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.
 


Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

For more information on other start dates please contact North Highland College UHI.

Fees

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2017-18   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £852
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,556
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £5,112
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,660

 

2016-17   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £820
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,460
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £4,920
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,380

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

Funding

A limited numbers of places may be available with full tuition fee support for Scottish-domiciled/EU students, studying full time, on this course starting in September 2017 to help talented students join this key growth sector for the Scottish economy. Fees will be funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes.

To be eligible for this funding students must meet the criteria for Scottish domiciled or EU fee status and be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands Transition Region for the duration of their studies. In accordance with funding regulations, tuition fee support will only be available to students who meet the funding eligibility criteria and are self-funding i.e. who are not in receipt of funding for tuition fees from other sources, including employers. Funded places will be allocated and successful applicants notified from end of June onwards. There is no separate application process, applicants holding an offer will be considered against the eligibility rules.

Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified applicants. Students who do not meet the eligibility for the tuition fee support, or are not successful in being allocated one of the limited places, will be responsible for paying their own fees. However there are other potential sources of funding support available.

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will be well-equipped to take up positions in the management of renewable energy projects, and more widely in the public and private sectors on completion of this Masters in Sustainable Energy Solutions.

Is there more information available online?

QR Code - scan to visit course page

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Sustainable Energy Solutions MSc

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

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

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

Search again