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Sustainable Development BSc (Hons)


What is special about this course?

This 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.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in residential study weekends, which provide real added value to your overall study experience.

Special features

  • This is a wholly online course that you can study from anywhere in the UK including UHI learning centres
  • 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) www.uhi.ac.uk/sustainablecpd

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • If you have other, relevant academic or professional qualifications, or experience your application will be welcomed and considered individually by the course team 


Year 1 - CertHE

Year 2 - DipHE

Year 3 - BSc

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

study mode

How will I study my course?

  • 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.  The course is also available for international enrolment.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • 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.

Start date

  • September
  • January


How much will my course cost?

No fee information available

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 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?


Apply for Sustainable Development BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2014 or Jan/Feb 2015

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.

Important note: course structure context is indicative only and does not represent a definitive list, in name or in nature, of modules that will be studied in this course, and may vary depending on location of study. Course structure context is subject to change at any time, without prior notice.

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0845 272 3600