The Centre for Mountain Studies, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands is to lead the development of a new postgraduate module on sustainable deer management.
The module will be available through the UHI MSc streams “Managing Sustainable Mountain Development” and “Managing Sustainable Rural Development” as well as being available as a standalone module for continuing professional development (CPD). The module is being developed by Dr Rob Mc Morran, with support from North Highland College, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Cairngorms National Park Authority, John Muir Trust, Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Association of Deer Management Groups.
Those taking the module are envisioned as new MSc students, as well as professionals working in areas related to deer or general estate management as an opportunity for CPD. The normal entry requirement will be an honours level undergraduate degree or postgraduate diploma; however other qualifications may be considered if accompanied by relevant professional experience. The module offers an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge on sustainable deer management, as well as achieving academic recognition for those already working in this area.
Topics covered will include the policy context, the science behind best practice, and relevant wider aspects, including the functioning of deer management groups and socio-economic benefits and impacts of deer management.
The course will run for the first time from February to early May 2012 as a part-time online course. To find out more contact Rob at [email protected] or on: 01738 877757/074 11850159.