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  Sustainability and Adaptation MRes


Online Centre for Alternative Technology    Graduate School of the Environment

Full time & Part time September MRes, Research Only 2 years full time/ 3 years part time
Education (11) Environmental Sciences (13) Geography (17) Politics & Government (30)

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Immerse yourself in the world of sustainability and climate change with the Sustainability and Adaptation MRes programme. Over two years full-time or three years part-time, you will delve into key areas such as sustainability thinking, environmental policy analysis, and transformational change. The highlight of this course is the 120-credit extended research dissertation, where you will lead your own sustainability-focused project. Optional modules cover topics like resilience pathways for cities, sustainable design, and energy provision. Taught by experts at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and validated by the University of East London, this programme offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. With flexible study options and the choice between immersive or distance learning, you can tailor your learning to fit your lifestyle. Join us in shaping a more sustainable future - apply now with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge and IELTS 6.5 proficiency.

About the course

Focus on researching the causes and urgency of climate change, the solutions we have already, and the actions needed, on our MRes in Sustainability and Adaptation.

The course offers a holistic view of sustainability through its taught modules and allows students more time than a traditional Masters course to independently research and use the concepts of sustainability and adaptation transformation to frame an analysis of environmental and climate change policy and its implications for society in research through an extended research dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

We ask for a Bachelor’s degree or knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard.

IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.


Fees

The cost of studying our MRes course from September 2024 is £9,350 for Home Students or £12,000 for Overseas students.

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Sir John has had an illustrious career as one of the world’s most eminent climate scientists, including being co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessment Working Group and a former Chief Executive of the Met Office.

A long term supporter of the work of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Sir John says:

‘I have spent a lifetime studying the atmosphere and the climate and latterly have been concerned with the reality of human induced climate change. I now want to help the next generation tackle this serious problem, possibly the biggest the world faces.’

Value of Scholarship(s)

4500

Eligibility

Thanks to a generous donation from Sir John Houghton, CAT is able to offer an annual bursary of £4,500 to a promising postgraduate student who demonstrates that they have an excellent academic record and a passion for tackling climate change.

Application Procedure

Applications open in the new year and close in the Spring. Grant applications must be made on the bursary application form on CAT's website.


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Inspired by CAT’s mission to inspire, inform and enable humanity to respond to the climate and biodiversity emergency, funds for the Llwyngwern bursary were kindly been donated by some of CAT’s members to support two new MSc students to study climate solutions on a CAT postgraduate course.

The bursary will be offered to two students, one on our MSc or MRes Sustainability and Adaptation course and the other on our MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management course, and cover 75% of their tuition costs.

Eligibility

The Llwyngwern Bursary, named after the transformed slate quarry CAT calls home, is given to two postgraduate students annually from our Sustainability and Adaptation course and our Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management course.

Application Procedure

Applications open in the new year and close in the Spring. Grant applications must be made on the bursary application form on CAT's website.


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The generous donation from the trust, whose main aims and activities focus on the advancement of education in science in Wales, will partly fund a student who would otherwise be unable to study on a postgraduate course because of their financial situation and is aimed at those who wish to apply the knowledge and skills they learn in a practical way to combat the climate and biodiversity crisis in Wales.

Eligibility

Thanks to a generous donation from The Ethel and Gwynne Morgan Trust, we are able to offer a bursary worth £4,500 to new students beginning on one of CAT's postgraduate courses in September 2023. This bursary is aimed at those who wish to apply the knowledge and skills they learn in a practical way to combat the climate and biodiversity crisis in Wales.

Application Procedure

Applications open in the new year and close in the Spring. Grant applications must be made on the bursary application form on CAT's website.


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CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment is pleased to be offering 10 Widening Participation Bursaries to support Home students accepted onto our 2024 entry Masters courses with their tuition costs. The bursaries, which are worth £1,000 each, are open to those who may otherwise be unable to afford to study at CAT on a postgraduate course, and who meet our widening participation criteria.

Widening access is firmly embedded within CAT’s postgraduate recruitment and the culture of the Graduate School and CAT. We value the diversity of our student population and the voices and perspectives this brings to our courses. The bursaries will support students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented within higher education and environmental groups and organisations.

To be eligible, applicants must:
- Hold an offer to study on a taught Masters programme (180 credits) at CAT, starting in September 2024.
- Support CAT’s mission and be committed to enabling, creating and implementing environmental change at the scale and urgency needed, and be willing to apply what they learn in a practical, grounded way to help create solutions to climate change.
- Provide evidence that their circumstances are such that they may find it difficult to take up a place at CAT for financial or other reasons.
- Not previously have undertaken postgraduate study.
- Provide evidence of excellent academic achievement in their undergraduate studies (normally 2:2 degree classification or above).
- Be considered as a Home student for fee purposes.
- Undertake at least 30 credits of the programme on-site at CAT.
- Applicants must also meet at least one area of our widening participation criteria:
- Live in an area that is economically disadvantaged with high levels of deprivation (on the Index of Multiple Deprivation) or where few people progress into higher education.
- Identify as being a person from an ethnic minority background.
- Have previously spent time in care or be a carer (provide unpaid care).
- Be the first generation in their family to attend university.
- Have a seen or unseen disability status or additional learning needs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Support CAT’s mission and be committed to enabling, creating and implementing environmental change at the scale and urgency needed, and be willing to apply what they learn in a practical, grounded way to help create solutions to climate change.
Not previously have undertaken postgraduate study.
Provide evidence of excellent academic achievement in their undergraduate studies
Undertake at least 30 credits of the programme on-site at CAT and be considered as a Home student
Meet at least one area of our widening participation criteria (see in full details of bursary)

Application Procedure

Applications for the bursary are now open to applicants starting their studies at CAT in September 2024. Bursary applications can be made via the CAT website http://www.cat.org.uk/funding . Other bursaries and funding opportunities are also available to new students and are listed on our Fees and Funding page.


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