The world is facing the prospect of a climate emergency, with decision-makers grappling with how to understand and respond to the pressures on our environment and society. Sustainable Development from the local to the global is essential if society is to tackle the challenges faced. The necessary changes will impact on every facet of society, culture and the economy, this is a critical moment to study sustainability. Students on this course will learn the facts about climate change, explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and consider potential and emerging solutions such as the Green New Deals, the concept of ‘degrowth’ and the transition to wellbeing economies, leaving our graduates ideally placed to influence or indeed become one of these decision-makers. This degree also focuses on how communities can shape this more sustainable form of development, particularly rural communities. To develop a critical understanding of the three pillars of sustainability (social, environmental, economic), students study modules drawn from a range of humanities and social science disciplines; geography, economics, politics, sociology, environmental studies, as well as developing practical skills in research and working with communities. Delivered entirely online via a distance / blended learning approach and available to study from anywhere in the world, students will benefit from collaborative discussions and activities with colleagues from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences, facilitated and supported by tutors with many years of experience in delivering online and distance education.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
HNC Social Science (12 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with no element below 5.5|
|PTE Academic||58||58 average with 51 in each component|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||Min 80 or above with min 18 in each section|
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English in an academic environment and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The minimum English language requirements to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed below:
Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at the following:
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6120||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£6120||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£6120||Year 1|
Additional fee information
University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
UHI Executive Office
Course contact details
UHI Course Information Line Tel: 01463 279190