Sustainable Energy Solutions MSc

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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



  • Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit:


Access routes


Core modules are:

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


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.)


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
  • Part-time students can start at variable times throughout the year. Please use the apply link for applications for January, for more information on other start dates please contact North Highland College UHI.

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
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.

What funding can I apply for?

Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit:

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact North Highland College UHI for more information.

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?

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 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

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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