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About the course

Building design plays an important role in improving quality of life and human well-being, whilst also helping with climate change mitigation and adaptation.

M.Arch Sustainable Architecture offers architects an ARB-prescribed Part 2 qualification, drawing on CAT’s 40 years’ of experience in sustainability practice.

The intensive course allows graduates to respond more quickly to the urgent need for a greater understanding of sustainability issues in the built environment.

Course structure

This Masters degree starts in September and is available full-time for 22 months or part-time over three years.

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Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree carrying an exemption from ARB Part I or a relevant undergraduate degree. If you have a relevant undergraduate degree that does not carry an exemption from ARB’s Part 1 examination you will be required to successfully complete the ARB’s Part 1 examination before you can register as an architect in the UK.

Digital portfolio of work.

IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.


Tuition Fees for this course for Home students in 2022/23 are £13,120. This is the cost for the entire course tuition, not per year.

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Student Profile(s)

Janna Laan

“CAT’s a place which is full of people who have so much hope and energy. It’s more than a place to study, it’s a whole experience. ”
During her studies in Interior Architecture, Janna became very interested in sustainability and incorporated this passion into her undergraduate degree portfolio. After graduation she went travelling for a year which opened her eyes to the environmental issues faced on a global scale. Inspired to help change things for the better, Janna decided to study further with a strong focus on sustainability.
She was introduced to CAT by a previous student and decided to attend the Professional Diploma in Architecture Part Two. As her passion for sustainability was strongly evident in her portfolio she was able to build on her interior architecture undergraduate degree. She was drawn to CAT because she liked the centre’s perspective of looking at architecture within the built environment as a whole, and the determination to take on such a huge environmental challenge in the construction industry.
Straight out of CAT, Janna and a fellow MSc student set up a business called ‘building naturally’, which is a network directory for the natural building industry. In 2015, Janna also founded Grain Architecture: a design practice specialising in the use of natural materials, which has now taken on many projects across the south from house extensions and new-build houses to community developments. In the future, she aims to create a rural community with shared resources as model for rural development and agriculture, for a healthier and more resilient way of living - a project that she explored during her final project at CAT.

Rosie Murphy

Many of Rosie’s projects addressed the intersection between social and environmental injustices within the built environment. Through her university work, voluntary work and activism, Rosie aimed to raise awareness of the concurrent issues of climate and ecological degradation, as well as the racial inequalities that exist within the architectural industry and beyond.

Since graduating in 2021, Rosie has become a Coordinator of the Education Group within the Architect’s Climate Action Network, and works for Matt+Fiona, a social enterprise that believes everyone should have the right to shape their built environment.


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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