What is special about this course?
This BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development is the ideal course for you if you are interested in helping communities to develop in a way that is sustainable and highlights the importance of the relationship between the economic, social, political and environmental spheres.
The emphasis globally on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and more locally on community empowerment, resilience and community land ownership mean that graduates of this course are ideally situated to understand and respond to many of the key challenges in today's world.
The course takes an inter-disciplinary and forward-thinking approach, which combines the theoretical and the practical. It has 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 working with key agencies.
You will have the opportunity to engage online with other students from around the world, and if you wish, to meet your fellow students, staff and practitioners face-to-face at a residential study weekend, which provide real added value to your overall study experience.
- This is an entirely online internationally validated course that you can study from anywhere in the world.
- The course offers the option of a dedicated rural pathway, leading to a BSc Sustainable Rural Development, which focuses particularly on working with rural communities
- High employability of graduates
- An optional residential weekend each year, usually in the Highlands and Islands, where you will have to opportunity to 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
(You may also be interested in our BSc (Hons) Geography course)
- 3 Scottish highers at grade C or above OR
- 2 A levels at grade C or above
- Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
- This course is not open to international students wishing to come to the UK to study who require a Tier 4 visa.
Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP):
- Access to: Biological Science (West Lothian College)
- Access to: Health and Life Sciences (Fife College)
- Access to: Life Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Life Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Medical and Life Sciences (North East College)
- Access to: Physical Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Physical Sciences (Edinburgh College)
Year 1 - CertHE
Core modules may include:
- Introduction to sustainable development
- Collecting and analysing data
- Introduction to global environmental issues
- Economics and the state
- Climate, land and people
- Introduction to social policy
- The environment of mountain regions
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules may include :
- Economic development policy and theory
- Empowering community based economic development
- Local economic development and sustainability
- Introduction to GIS.
- Environmental conservation
- Society and culture in mountain regions
- Residential field study
- Urban-rural divide
- Qualitative research methods
- Community energy
Year 3 - BSc
Core modules may include :
- Globalisation and sustainable development
- Sustainable tourism and the environment (core for sustainable development)
- Working with communities (core for rural pathway)
- Literature review
- Research skills and project
- Working with communities (optional for sustainable development)
- Sustainable tourism and the environment (optional for rural pathway)
- Sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry in the EU
- Climate change
- The economics of mountain regions
Year 4 - BSc (Hons)
Core modules may include :
- Social enterprise and small business management (core for rural pathway, otherwise optional)
- The Consumerist Society (core for sustainable development)
- Planning for community projects (core for rural pathway)
- Engaging with external agencies
- Geo-political development issues
- Social enterprise and small business management;
- Sustainable energy and waste minimisation
- Planning for community projects
- Urban and regional planning
- Conservation of Biodiversity
You must also complete a dissertation.
How will I study my course?
- You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will have support from your tutors via email, Skype and online discussions
- You can study this fully online programme from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at Lews Castle College and taught by expert tutors from across the university
- This course is not open to international students wishing to come to the UK to study who require a Tier 4 visa
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.
Where can I study my course?
- Lews Castle College UHI - You can study this fully online programme from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at Lews Castle College.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2017-18 and 2018-19).
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.
UK and EU/EEA students without a term-time address in Scotland
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or the EU/EEA without a term-time address in Scotland, i.e. studying from their home country, the following fees apply:
|Full-time online per year (120 credit modules)||£6,120||£6,120|
|Part-time online (per 20 credit module)***||£1,020||£1,020|
This fee also applies to Scottish students who do not have a term-time address in Scotland.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and without a term-time address in Scotland, ie studying online from their home country, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£6,350||£6,710|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year***||£3,180||£3,360|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)***||£1,060||£1,120|
***This course is not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
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?
You can progress from the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Rural Development to:
Is there more information available online?
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