Environmental Science

As a science student at North Highland College UHI you'll have the opportunity to work in unique environments and benefit from links with established and emerging industries in the area. You'll be able to base your projects and practical work around some of the most unique environments in the UK which include the flow country peatlands and the energy-rich waters of the Pentland Firth.

The Environmental Research Institute is a centre of aspiration that seeks to be internationally recognised for distinctive and innovative environmental science.

Our work is focused into three thematic priorities:

  • Renewable Energy and Environment
  • Carbon Water and Climate
  • Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health

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The original ERI centre based on Castle Street, Thurso is a stunning old Victorian School House with offices, three laboratories and a conference room with VC facilities.

Our Centre for Energy and the Environment (CFEE) is a £3 million purpose built centre situated at the main college campus in Thurso. It is equipped with open plan office space, conference rooms, workshops and laboratories for teaching. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) rated CFEE 'excellence' in environmental performance, and upon its completion CFEE was rated as the most sustainable higher education building in the UK (2009).

We have rapidly evolving research profile and provide a high quality, vibrant research environment. Our young and highly motivated team teach on a variety of courses bringing insights from their research into the classroom.

Over 69% of the University of the Highlands and Islands research has been classified as "world leading" or "internationally excellent" in a new expert review undertaken to access the quality of research in the UK higher education institutions. (Research Excellence Framework December 2014).

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Our courses

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Environmental Studies at North Highland College UHI