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
Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13)

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Are you passionate about tackling climate change and transforming our energy systems? The MSc in Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management is the perfect programme for you. Delve into the science and engineering behind sustainable energy, explore global and local energy markets, and learn about effective energy solutions and resource management. With modules on renewable energy provision, low-carbon buildings, and new energy technologies, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, with flexible study options and the option to study on-site or via distance learning, this programme is designed to fit your lifestyle. Join us and make a difference in the world of energy sustainability.

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.


Fees

The cost of studying one of our full MSc courses from September 2024 is £9,350 for Home Students or £12,000 for Overseas students.

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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.

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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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