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Sustainability and Behaviour Change MSc

Online Centre for Alternative Technology    Graduate School of the Environment

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

About the course

It is becoming clear that major systemic, political and societal changes are needed to move us towards true sustainability and to address the serious consequences of environmental and climatic change.

On our MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change, get to grips with sustainability, social change and behaviour change theories at all levels: personal, organisational, community, institutional and governmental, drawing on theories of behavioural science, and social and systems models.

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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)

Sandy Stevens

Sandy began our MSc in Sustainability and Behaviour Change in 2019 after attending a Zero Carbon Britain course inspired her to pursue further studies at CAT. Since graduating in 2021 she is now working on a PhD at Aberystwyth University, within the area of environmental behaviour change.


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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