MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

Centre for Alternative Technology Graduate School of the Environment

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Inspiring Postgraduate courses in sustainability and climate solutions

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Full time & Part time September PgDip, PgCert, MSc 18 months full time/ 3 years part time

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Masters in Renewable Energy Technologies

 A flexible Masters degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of different energy technologies, exploring the subject through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work.

Taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), which pioneered sustainability practice and theory in the UK, the MSc course examines renewable energy provision, increased energy efficiency and intelligent management of energy resources. These topics are explored within the context of the ecological, social and economic impacts and the policy drivers at international, national and local scales. Our MSc programme is taught either by distance learning or through residential blocks in one of the most innovative environmental buildings

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Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in any discipline. Students who do not possess formal qualifications but who can demonstrate that they have gained appropriate knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard and that they will benefit from and contribute to the programme, may be accepted. An appropriate level of numeracy and science is also required for this programme. University of East London and CAT are strongly committed to widening participation and equal opportunities for all.
For international students whose first language isn't English: IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.


UK/EEA: £6,840 International: £8,235 (A £50 non-refundable deposit should also be paid by all students during enrolment)

Course Content

Open days

26 October 2020
Virtual Open Day (MArch Part 2 Course)

07 December 2020
Virtual Open Day (MArch Part 2 Course)

Where will I study?

Where is Centre for Alternative Technology


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Student Profile(s)

Robert Mcpherson

1420.jpg Life after CAT for Robert Mcpherson

A new wind turbine has been installed by the MoD at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School. It’s the first grid connected wind turbine to be installed on land directly owned by the MoD.

CAT graduate Robert Macpherson who completed an MSc in Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (now retitles MSc Sustainable Energy Provision and Demand Management), managed the project. ‘The REBE course provided me with the theoretical and practical knowledge required in wind energy design, planning and application. I was able to utilise the learning's from the course directly into a real project situation. Right from providing the business case, the initial site identification, survey through project planning and delivery - the REBE course, in particular the ‘wind energy’ module – armed me with up to date information that I required to make it happen.’

In 2008 the MoD wind turbine project began with a site survey to identify a suitable location. Following Robert’s analysis he gained further support from e-on sustainable energy who carried out a more detailed site appraisal, the Army HQ (Land Forces) who funded the project and an installations grant from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

The project heralds a real achievement, it will not only provide the school with a long-term sustainable electricity supply, but also provide the children with a valuable opportunity to learn about carbon reduction technologies and renewable energy.
Through education CAT is dedicated to inspiring a workforce for a zero carbon future. In June they were presented with the Ashden Award for their training in sustainable technologies.

Sonya Bedford MBE

Sonya graduated from CAT’s renewable energy MSc in 2018 and is currently Head of Energy at Stephens Scown LLP. Sonya leads a team of solicitors specialising in energy policy and law. She advises industry on legal requirements for large scale renewable energy developments, including grid, infrastructure, policy, licensing and supply issues.

She was also awarded an MBE for services to community energy in the same year, along with a number of other environmental awards. In 2020 Sonya was appointed to the CAT Board of trustees. She also sits on the board of five community energy groups and is one of the founders of the innovative and ambitious Zero Carbon Wedmore group.

“I first came to CAT at seven years old (not long after it had been founded!) and the experience never really left me. After a couple of short courses, I enrolled on the MSc and spent an amazing four years learning and being challenged on all things renewable energy.

The MSc at CAT was one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavours I have undertaken. My work in the energy industry as a lawyer now has a new dimension because of the learning from CAT. I can now truly understand renewable technologies and apply my learning to make my work much more valuable in all senses. Through CAT I have also developed my work in helping to deliver zero carbon projects. CAT graduates are the most successful I have met in the sustainable/energy world, I think it’s the combination of technical knowledge and the CAT magic!

The experience of being a student and the sheer knowledge and dedication of the CAT team made me want to remain a part of CATs future.”


The Sir John Houghton Bursary

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