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Sustainability and Ecology 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

Great changes have occurred in human society in the past 200 years, but much of this has come at the expense of the natural systems and species that keep us all alive and healthy.

Even in remote environments, evidence of anthropogenic pollutants shows that nowhere remains unaffected. Through the Sustainability and Ecology programme, you will gain a scientific understanding of the issues surrounding the protection and rehabilitation of nature whilst maintaining essential or useful ecosystem services.

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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)

Mike Thomas

The Sustainability and Ecology course appealed to Mike after he developed an interest in conservation in 2019 through his experiences as an active community woodland volunteer with the North Wales Wildlife Trust. He decided to study with us to deepen his understanding and knowledge of how ecosystems functions could inform his conservation work.

Currently a student on the course Mike is hoping to study and further research woodland ecology, community woodlands and their contribution to carbon storage through his dissertation.


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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