Sustainable Rural Development MSc

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What is special about this course?

If you want to progress into a managerial role in rural development, this postgraduate course in Sustainable Rural Development is for you. 

You will study social, environmental, economic and professional development, and community engagement issues in the context of managing rural development.

The MSc Sustainable Rural Development can be studied online from anywhere in the world.

Special features

  • Develop key research and policy skills
  • Study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree
  • Study online, full time or part time to suit your lifestyle

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree or ordinary degree in a relevant subject
  • Postgraduate diploma or professional qualification in a relevant subject
  • Other qualifications will be considered if accompanied by a minimum of three years' relevant professional experience
  • A bridging module is available to people with substantial professional experience, but no undergraduate degree

Access routes

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Local economic development
  • Developing communities
  • People and nature

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc  Sustainable Rural Development you must complete a research dissertation.

PgDip

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

  • Biodiversity management
  • Developing potential through placement
  • Environmental and Social issues in mountain areas
  • Field studies
  • Policy analysis
  • Research methods and techniques (strongly recommended if you intend to continue to MSc)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable land use and renewable energy in rural Scotland
  • Sustainable development
  • An elective may also be taken from any UHI Masters Programme

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 (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • A fully online induction web resource is available to all new students and you are encouraged to refer to this during your first term in particular. An optional two-day induction is also available each September in Inverness, Scotland.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 2 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part time (structured): 2-3 years @ 12 hours per week per module
  • Part time (unstructured): 6 years (maximum) @ 6 hours per week per module

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

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2015-16
Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £780
Postgraduate certificate (PgCert) £1,560 £1,950 £2,340
Postgraduate diploma (PgDip) £3,120 £3,900 £4,680
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,020

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.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Lews Castle College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course, you will be equipped to take up management positions, both at home and abroad, in:

  • Public sector
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Non-governmental development agencies
  • Conservation bodies
  • Research opportunities

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Sustainable Rural Development MSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2015

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.

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