Sustainable Resource Management (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

Course code D4SR

What is special about this course?

Our CPD Award Sustainable Resource Management (SCQF level 9) is relevant to anyone with an interest in land use, resource management and sustainability. You will have the opportunity to learn more about climate change, obtain specific skills such as GIS (Geographical Information Systems), and consider different sectors in more detail, such as agriculture, tourism, energy and waste, and environmental impacts on development and planning.

Rural and urban community and environmental activists, graduates, practitioners, and professionals, with a role in implementing sustainable development in our communities, can:

  • Gain a unique and up-to-date short course qualification, online from home over a period of 18 months
  • Access the latest thinking and approaches to sustainable development
  • Develop key scientific knowledge and policy skills

Special features

  • Study from anywhere in the world with a PC and broadband connection
  • Delivered by a team with many years of experience in online learning and teaching

Entry requirements

  • Qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • You must have regular and reliable access to the internet and a computer for any online degree at UHI in order to take advantage of our full range of online learning services, which include support from your tutors and fellow UHI students as well as access to UHI’s Virtual Learning Environment and vast online learning library. Click here for more information on the minimum requirements.

CPD Award

You will study the following core module:

  • Climate Change

You will also study two of the following optional modules:

  • Introduction to geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Sustainable tourism and the environment
  • Sustainable energy and waste minimisation
  • Sustainable agriculture systems
  • Assessment of the environmental impacts of development

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (unstructured): 12-18 months @ up to 20 hours per week during term-time

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?

  • Argyll
  • Outer Hebrides
  • West Highland

This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. 
Students based near to one of the listed colleges may choose to apply to, and be enrolled and supported by, their local campus.
All other students should apply to, and will be enrolled and supported by, UHI Outer Hebrides.

Start date

  • September
  • January


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.
3CPD award (3 x 20 credit modules) £645 £915

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:

CPD award (3 x 20 credit modules) £3,060 £3,060

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

International students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK):

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

CPD award (3 x 20 credit modules) £3,240 £3,270

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

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

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course offers a recognised academic award which would be of benefit in a range of employment areas, such as: 

  • Government departments and development agencies 
  • Economic development and planning departments of local authorities 
  • Renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management roles 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations
  • Community organisations 
  • Tourism 
  • Agriculture 

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from the CPD Award Sustainable Resource Development (SCQF level 9) to the following course:

If you have additional experience/qualifications, you may be able to progress to our MSc Sustainable Rural Development.

Is there more information available online?

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Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2023 or Jan/Feb 2024

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.