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Sustainability and Adaptation MSc

Online Centre for Alternative Technology    Graduate School of the Environment

Full time & Part time September MSc, PGDip, PGCert 18 months full time/ 3 years part time

About the course

Immerse yourself in examining the causes and urgency of climate change, what actions are needed on an international, national, local and individual level and – crucially – what solutions we have already, on our MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation.

This course uses the concepts of sustainability and adaptation transformation to frame an analysis of environmental and climate change policy and its implications for society. With a wide range of modules, the course offers a holistic view of sustainability.

Key areas of study

This is our broadest MSc, covering a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and adaptation.

Some of the topics you’ll study include:

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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.


The cost of studying one of our full MSc courses in 2022/23 is £7,310 for Home Students or £8,720 for Overseas students.

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Student Profile(s)

Steve Cole

Steve graduated in 2019 and now runs his business Addasu, where he combines his academic research with extensive experience in new-build and renovation projects in the UK and Ghana, to offer informed, practical and appropriate training, advice, and retrofit and construction services.

Lucy Bird

Before studying at CAT, Lucy had trained as a professional dancer and actress and volunteered on conservation reserves and community projects in South Africa and Malawi. After graduating with an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation in 2019 she now works as a Freelance Sustainability Consultant working with Youth Hostel Association and Change Agents UK.


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)



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

Grant applications must be made on the bursary application form.

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