Net Zero Communities MSc

What is special about this course?

Communities have a key role to play in the development of a net zero society.  Are you keen to discover more about how renewable energy production can play a central role in community development?  Do you want to be at the centre of and leading these developments?

In May 2019, the Committee on Climate Change recommended that the UK should aim to be net zero on all greenhouse gases by 2050. A U.N-backed global campaign, the 'Race to Zero', which launched in June 2020, brings together businesses, cities and other organisations that aim to cut their planet-heating emissions to net zero by around mid-century, meaning they produce no more emissions than they can offset through different measures. A number of community groups have emerged to develop local solutions that help to meet this target. Communities will be at the centre and forefront of the new energy transition.

This MSc Net Zero Communities will enable you to take the lead and be the change in the new energy transition. You will be taught by recognised experts and supported by guest lectures from both industry and community fields. You can be confident you will graduate armed with the most up-to-date information and highest quality skills.

The course is designed to provide opportunities for both recent graduates and mature students working in relevant professions, industries, agencies or the voluntary sector to advance or update learning in sustainability issues, with a particular focus on providing net-zero solutions for communities. It aims to develop practitioners with an advanced level of knowledge and competence in planning, developing, advising and delivering sustainable solutions in relevant public sector, industry or community contexts.

Studying online, on a full-time or part-time basis, you will critically analyse the theories, principles and concepts of renewable energy, carbon budgeting and community energy development.

Special features

  • Modules are led by recognised experts in the field of community development and low-carbon technologies
  • You will study fully online which means you can fit your studies around your professional and personal life, within the UK and internationally
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD), 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 are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-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:

  • Developing a community energy project
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Transition to a net zero society

 

PgDip

Optional modules:

Semester 1

  • Energy, climate and carbon
  • Local economic development
  • Policy analysis
  • Research methods (strongly recommended to continue to MSc)
  • Sustainable land use and renewable energy


Semester 2

  • Developing communities
  • Energy modelling for building
  • Local economic development
  • Quantitative research methods and data analysis
  • Sustainable development
  • Tidal wave and future energy 

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc Net Zero Communities you must complete the PgDip and a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for a number of years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered this year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing.
  • 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, within the UK and internationally
  • 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?

  • North Highland College UHI - this is a fully online course. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at North Highland College UHI.

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

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

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

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:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £5,850 £5,850

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 has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

  2021-22 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £6,570

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:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £8,820

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

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.

Funding

The university is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support for Scottish/EU students studying full-time on this course starting in September 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 or EU fee status and be resident in the Highlands and Islands (including Moray) or Perth and Kinross 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 March onwards, available places will continue to be allocated throughout the recruitment cycle. There is no separate application process, applicants holding an offer will be considered against the eligibility rules.

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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 £5,500.

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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this Masters in Net Zero Communities, you will be well-equipped to take up positions in the management of community development projects, and in the public and private sectors .

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Apply for Net Zero Communities MSc

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2021 or Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

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