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Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Part II Architecture)

Course Description

Part II in Sustainable Architecture

Intended specifically for students pursuing a career in Architecture, the Professional Diploma course offers a unique combination of design-based academic study and practical hands-on learning. The course is prescribed as a Part II qualification by the Architects Registration Board and is recognised by the EU, thereby enabling students to move on to a Part III qualification.

Students are introduced to a range of skills that are increasingly in demand within the building industry. The focus is on designing buildings in their context, to allow for adaptation to the effects of climate change and to create healthy environments for all.

Teaching is delivered in the WISE building - itself an example of recent developments in sustainable construction - and includes a mix of studio- based design work, lectures, seminars and practicals. The annual Summer School enables students to design, detail and build a structure at CAT using the local materials available.

Modules covered by the course include:

- Design studies with professional practice
- Building performance and energy use
- Building performance and the use of materials
- Design and fabrication: renewable energy engineering
- Environment, energy, climate and human beings

Successful completion of the programme Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Sudies at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Professional Diploma (ProfDip) by UEL.

Course Structure

The programme runs as eight interlinked modules over a period of eighteen months. The major design project module consists of 60 credits; with two further 30 credit design modules. Each support studies module consists of 30 credits.
The programme is divided into two parts:
Design Studies, forming the core activity
Support Studies, consisting of Environment and Energy Fundamentals, Building Technology in an Environmental Context, History and Theory of Architecture and Professional Studies.

At the beginning of each Module students are given the Module Book which contains lecture notes, reading material, examples of student essays and design work and various items of information and administration. During each module there will be cross disciplinary seminars, workshops and tutorials, as well as specialised design sessions.

Is this the course for you?

If you would like to visit for a free overnight stay during a module, attend lectures and workshops and meet staff and students, please contact the Student Support Officer:

For more information visit: gse.cat.org.uk

Visit the Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Part II Architecture) page on the Centre for Alternative Technology website for more details!

Student Profiles

CAT Scholarship - Single Award

Blogs must be submitted in a Word document or .pdf format.
Entries must be received by 12.00pm on Friday 24th July 2015.
All entries must be submitted either electronically to [email protected] Late entries will not be considered.
Winners will be contacted by Friday 26th June 2015
To see the full terms and conditions: http://gse.cat.org.uk/scholarship-tandc
If you have not yet applied for the course, please also submit an application alongside your scholarship entry
For further advice or if you have any queries, please contact the Graduate School Marketing Officer, [email protected] or on 01654 704954

Value of Scholarship(s)



For people enrolling in one of the following programmes starting September 2015 at the Centre for Alternative Technology:
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning
MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment
Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies

Application Procedure

All entrants must:-submit a 600-800 word scientific blog or article
The blog or article should cite at least three peer-reviewed studies (Google Scholar is a useful tool for finding studies, many of which are freely available).
The topic of the blog or article should be:
For the Sustainability and Adaptation courses (all three): an aspect of sustainability or adaptation to environmental change of particular importance to you.
For the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment course: is it better for a house to be offgrid rather then grid connected? OR an aspect of sustainable energy of particular importance to you.
For the Professional Diploma in Architecture: an inspiring sustainable design project of particular importance to you OR one of your own sustainable design projects.
Entries must be submitted by 12.00pm on Friday 24th July 2015.

Further Information



The Sir John Houghton Bursary - Single Award

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 and sent to Kit Jones at [email protected] The deadline for applications 26th June 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Exemption from RIBA part . Presentation of a portfolio of work. Applicants who have been educated overseas but lack RIBA part 1 exemption can gain exemption by presenting their previous work independently to the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as an external student.

Course Fees

UK and EEA students: £8665, to cover the full 18 months of the programme. Full board food and accommodation: £4500, to cover the full 90 nights

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