Sustainable Deer Management CPD Award

Course code SUSTDM

What is special about this course?

This online postgraduate CPD award in Sustainable Deer Management is aimed at those working in the land management sector (e.g. estate management, forestry, agriculture, ecological consultancy) and in conservation organisations. It covers both practical and policy aspects of deer management and is also useful for those working in government agencies with remits covering land use and environmental issues.

The module reflects the growing demand for ‘sustainable’ deer management in Scotland, uniting both the sporting elements and environmental or conservation-based approaches.

For those already practising deer management, the module offers valuable academic recognition that can enhance employment opportunities. It provides an in-depth understanding of the role of stakeholders in deer management and the importance of collaborative working. The learning outcomes can be put into practice by professionals working in practical deer management or conservation and by those working in policy development.

Special features

This module is delivered fully online and will benefit those seeking a holistic and up-to-date understanding of deer management including:

  • The policy and institutional context for deer management in Scotland
  • Deer ecology and behaviour (including population dynamics)
  • Deer management planning
  • A review of the science behind deer management.

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • Other qualifications will be considered for those with a minimum of three years relevant professional experience

CPD Award

The module learning outcomes are:

  • Critically assess and understand the processes and scientific principles which underpin the practice of sustainable deer management
  • Demonstrate a consolidated knowledge and understanding of a range of different skills and techniques relating to sustainable deer management
  • Critically reflect on the objectives for deer management in relation to sustainable land management, particularly in rural and mountain areas


How will I study my course?

  •  Part-time

You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). You will have the opportunity to share information and experience with other students from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. You will be assessed on two written essays/reports and on your contribution to the discussion board.

Students on this programme currently have the opportunity to attend the Integrated Land Use Conference.

You will be supported by the Centre for Mountain Studies, UHI Perth. For more information on the centre and courses available, please contact or +44 (0)1738 877761.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 15 weeks starting in January

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth - This module is fully online. You will be enrolled at and receive support from UHI Perth

Start date

  • January


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (20 credit module) £584 £584

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (20 credit module) £720 £780

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

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. These students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.



With scholarship 2024-25 With scholarship
CPD award (20 credit module) £1,080 £810 £1,110 £833

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (20 credit module) £1,080 £1,110

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The module gives valuable academic recognition that can enhance employment opportunities. Professionals working in practical deer management or conservation and those in policy development can use the learning outcomes to develop their own working practices.

Can I progress into further study?

This module is part of the MSc Sustainable Mountain Development and, after successful completion of the CPD award, you may want to consider building to the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or the full masters award.

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