Sustainable Energy Solutions MSc
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.
- 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 the university, so you study when and where it suits you, within the UK and internationally
- You can choose to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree
- Honours degree or above 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 who possess substantial experience in an appropriate field or have demonstrated exceptional abilities may also be considered
*Funding support notice*
A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish 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)
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
- Developing potential through placement
- Research methods and techniques (strongly recommended to continue to MSc)
- Quantitative research methods and data analysis
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)
- 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
- January (part-time study only)
For more information on other start dates please contact North Highland College UHI.
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:
|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:
|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.
|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|
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:
|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.
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.
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 £5500.
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?
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.
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