Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management MSc

Online Centre for Alternative Technology    Graduate School of the Environment

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

About the course

To tackle climate change we need a transformation in our relationship with energy. Our MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management explores this on a local, national and international scale. 

Looking at how net zero greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved through large scale investment in renewable and low carbon energy sources, you will also study the challenges to this and gain an in-depth understanding of effective energy solutions, energy efficiency and intelligent management of resources.

Key areas of study

On this course, you will examine renewable energy provision, its application and management and energy demand and management in low and zero-carbon buildings.

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Entry Requirements

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

An appropriate level of numeracy and science are required for this programme.

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.

 Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

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.”

Justin Mason

After working in the energy sector for 30 years with the last 17 in oil and gas, Justin began his studies at CAT in 2020 to facilitate a move into the renewable energy sector. Through the course, he has gained further knowledge of the issues at hand in the energy transition and hopes to use this in both UK and global spheres through his independent electrical engineering consultancy, Trydanol Solutions when he graduates.


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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