What is special about this course?
This online BSc (Hons) degree in Sustainable Development is the ideal course for you if you are interested in helping rural areas to develop in a way that is sustainable and protects the environment on which our communities depend.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Economic Development and has been running for 13 years now, with 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 key public sector agencies and organisations.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in residential study weekends, which provide real added value to your overall study experience.
This is a wholly online course that you can study from home or from your nearest learning centre anywhere in the UK, Europe and in the rest of the world. Students may now study this degree from anywhere in the world without having to leave home.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Economic Development, giving you membership to this professional body on completion of the course
High employability of graduates
Two residential weekends each year where you will meet practitioners and other students
You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
Individual modules and groups of modules have been developed specifically for continuing professional development (CPD)
3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
2 A levels at grade C or above
Non UK qualifications must be equivalent to the above.
If you have other relevant academic or professional qualifications or experience, your application will be welcomed and considered individually by the course team.
For potential entrants with non-standard qualifications, a module designed to test your ability at the first year of an Honours degree is available for all: Access to Sustainability Studies
Year 1 - CertHE
Year one modules include:
- Introduction to Sustainable Development
- Introduction to Global Environmental Issues
- Climate, Land & People
- Economics and the State
- Collecting & Analysing Data
- Introduction to Social Policy
Year 2 - DipHE
Year two modules include:
- Empowering Communities
- Economic Development Policy and Theory
- Environmental Conservation
- Urban-Rural Divide
- Introduction to GIS
- Local Economic Development & Sustainability
Year 3 - BSc
Year three modules include:
- Globalisation and Sustainable Development
- Climate Change
- Research Skills Project
- Sustainable Tourism and the Environment
- Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry in the EU
- Literature Review
Year 4 - BSc (Hons)
Year four modules include:
- Full time
- Part time (structured)
- Part time (unstructured)
You will study entirely online, from anywhere in the UK, through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors via email, Skype and online discussions.
How long will my online course last?
- Full time: 4 years @ 21+ hours per week as an indicative figure
- Part time (structured): 6-8 years @ 11+ hours per week as an indicative figure
- Part time (unstructured):variable
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.
How much will my course cost?
For students living in Scotland or the European Union, studying an undergraduate course (degree, HNC, HND) the following fees apply for the academic year 2012-13:
|Full-time (6 x 20 credit modules) per year||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (4 x 20 credit modules) per year||£860|
|Part-time (unstructured per module)(per 20 credit module)||£215|
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.
Rest of UK students
For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, fees for academic year 2012-13:
|Year 1||CertHE||£7,500 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£7,500 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£7,500 p.a.|
*4th year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands
(students not living in the UK or European Union)
|Year 1||CertHE||£5,340 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£5,340 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£5,340 p.a.|
|Year 4||Honours||£5,340 p.a.|
This equates to £890 per module. Please note that Part-time study options are available and costs will be based on multiples of this figure.
The cost of these online modules has been specially discounted for International students.
What funding can I apply for?
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my online course?
Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development course, you might like to consider careers in:
- Government departments and agencies such as Scottish Natural Heritage, National Trust, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- European and Economic Development departments of local authorities
- Community enterprises and community energy groups
- Community land initiatives
- Natural and rural heritage organisations
- Voluntary sector development posts
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development to Masters programmes, including these ones offered by the University of the Highlands & Islands: