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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)
Core modules may include:
Core modules may include :
Core modules may include :
Core modules may include :
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:
*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 (2017-18 and 2018-19).
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||£6,350||£6,710|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year***||£3,180||£3,360|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)***||£1,060||£1,120|
***This course is not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
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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I really enjoyed my studies and found the degree programme very interesting due to the variety of topics covered. The best part was completing my dissertation on community energy projects in Scotland. During my graduation ceremony at Lews Castle College UHI I was head-hunted by a multi-national firm and have since been offered a job as an Energy and Environmental Manager. I cannot speak highly enough of the sustainable development team and all of the university staff who have helped me over the years; none of this would have been possible without the dedication and professionalism provided.’
Chris Miller, 2017 BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development graduate, who completed his studies online and part-time while serving abroad with the armed forces in Afghanistan and Cyprus
I chose to study online so that I could have the freedom to do it at my own pace whilst continuing to work full time. This course appealed to me because of the module content, which is a huge step ahead of the usual generic modules offered by many other universities. It has really prepared me in all aspects of sustainable development (economic/social/environmental) and each module was easily adaptable to my line of work. The team also really helped me to gain knowledge in so many areas, also including experience in research/statistics and literature reviews. The teaching staff are of absolute high quality, and have the ability to keep you focused and enthusiastic throughout every module. As an online student, I never felt alone thanks to the teaching staff’s constant availability and frequent collaborative discussions with other students. I would definitely recommend the university to anybody looking for top quality online study.
Kathy Zissimopoulos, BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development graduate, Italy, works full-time for a United Nations development agency
This is perfect for anyone hoping to work in development in the Highlands and Islands with varied modules giving a good grounding to move forward in the industry. The course results in a very good degree qualification, which I believe, is not offered by any other university in Scotland. Community Empowerment and Community Land Ownership are a hot topic these days in Scotland and so I would say that there will be plenty employment opportunities available to graduates.
Currently, I enjoy working at North Harris Trust as a Project Development Officer and would like to continue to work in, and for, my community. I have learned a lot in the last 5 years and look forward to taking on more roles and responsibilities in the future.
Karen MacRae, Graduate, Isle of Harris
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