Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MSc Sustainable Mountain Development

This information is about our part-time, fully on-line MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development, one of the activities of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain development.  Please find below information about the course for the next academic year:


Academic Year 2014/15

The next academic year will start on 8 September 2014.  There are two semesters in each year; semester one starts in September and semester two at the end of January. 



International applicants should apply using the International Application form.  This should be sent to (please also copy to me (   Please note that the £100 administration fee does not apply to our online course.


As we have received quite a lot of applications already, we would encourage you to apply by the end of May 2014. 


Entry Requirements

Our normal entry requirement is an Honours undergraduate degree, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a professional qualification.  Applicants who have an ordinary undergraduate degree, relevant work experience and/or vocational qualifications may also apply.


Structure and content

To be awarded the MSc, students need to complete three 20 credit core modules (Environmental and Social Issues in Mountain Areas, Policy Analysis, and Sustainable Development), three optional 20 credit modules and a 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits). 


There is the option of exiting with a PgCert (three core modules) or PgDip (three core plus three optional modules).  You can also sign up for individual stand-alone modules if you are unable to commit to a full course.  We recommend that you allow at least 10 hours of study per week per module.


Details in relation to the structure, content and delivery of the course are included in the attached course leaflet and on the course website


Fees for 2014/15

£760 per 20 credit module (International students). 

Please note that there is normally a slight increase in fees year on year.  You can find an overview of fees on the UHI website.


English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, or you have not been an undergraduate at a UK University previously, you will be required to provide a recent secure English language test certificate at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.  Please see the University of the Highlands and Islands website for further details:  



Further information

Please let me know if you would like any further information. The Programme Leader, Professor Martin Price, would be happy to discuss the course with you (please note that he is not available until 17 April):



Tel: +44 (0) 1738 877217


Please let me know if you would like your name removed from our mailing list.  


We look forward to hearing from you.




Angela Paterson



Angela Paterson


Centre for Mountain Studies

Perth College

University of the Highlands and Islands

Crieff Road

Perth  PH1 2NX


Tel: +44 (0) 1738 877761

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