Sustainable Energy Solutions MSc

What is special about this course?

As the renewable energy sector continues to grow there is a need for trained individuals to plan, implement and manage new renewable energy projects. This course will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to place you at the centre of such ventures.

If you are already working in or are interested in a career in the renewable energy or low-carbon technology sectors, this dynamic course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to critically analyse the theories, principles and concepts of low-carbon energy production and sustainability.  

Additionally the course will give you a firm understanding of the technical and economic case for renewables along with confidence to tackle the calculations required to assess their viability.

Special features

  • You will be taught by recognised experts in the field of renewable energy
  • You can study full time or part time
  • The course is delivered through online distance learning with support from expert staff at the university, so you study when and where it suits you, within the UK and internationally
  • You can choose to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree or above in a relevant subject 
  • Applicants with an ordinary degree or other qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience will also be considered
  • Applicants who possess substantial experience in an appropriate field or have demonstrated exceptional abilities may also be considered

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

(see fees/funding tab for more information)

Access routes

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Energy, climate and carbon
  • Transition to a low-carbon society
  • Renewable energy technologies

PgDip

Option modules, from which you will choose three, include:

  • Sustainable rural land use and energy in rural Scotland
  • Energy modelling for building
  • Tidal, wave and future energy
  • Developing a community energy project
  • Sustainable development
  • Local economic development
  • Developing potential through placement
  • Research methods and techniques (strongly recommended to continue to MSc)
  • Quantitative research methods and data analysis

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc Sustainable Energy Solutions you must complete the PgDip plus a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • This method of flexible study enables you to fit your course and your professional development around your personal and professional life, within the UK and internationally
  • You will have support from your tutors and studies advisor

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time (MSc): 1 year @ 35 hours per week
  • Part-time (MSc): 2 to 3 years @ 12 to 18 hours per week
  • Part-time (PgDip): 2 years @ 12 to 18 hours per week
  • Part-time (PgCert): 1 year @ 12 to 18 hours per week

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?

  • North Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

For more information on other start dates please contact North Highland College UHI.

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2021-22 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £8,820

This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will be well-equipped to take up positions in the management of renewable energy projects, and more widely in the public and private sectors, on completion of this Masters in Sustainable Energy Solutions.

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