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MSc Sustainability and Adaptation


Course Description

Masters in Environmental Science and Policy

A flexible Master’s degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of transformational responses to climate change. Taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), which pioneered sustainability practice and theory in the UK, this is the first MSc course to properly integrate and the social, political, economic and practical aspects of living with environmental change.

This Master’s degree tackles these themes through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work. We give our MSc students the knowledge, skills and experience needed to develop a career in the environmental sector and make an impact. The programme draws on our expert staff and a wide selection of academics and specialist guest lecturers; people who have made exceptional contributions to environmental thinking and action.

The MSc course uses the concepts of sustainability and adaptation transformation to frame an analysis of environmental and climate change policy and its implications for society. Students can then choose modules from a wide range that covers politics and economics, urbanisation, communities, biodiversity and ecosystem services, energy in buildings, sustainable materials, environmental assessment and renewable energy.

How is the course taught?

Our MSc programme is taught either by distance learning or through residential blocks in one of the most imaginative environmental buildings in the UK, or in a mixture of the two.

What qualification will you receive?

Successful completion of the programme MSc Sustainability and Adaptation at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by UEL.

Modules include

- Sustainability and Adaptation Concepts and Planning
- Environmental Politics and Economics
- Ecosystem Services, Land use and Water and Waste Management
- Adaptation Transformation Politics and Economics
- Cities and Communities
- Energy Flows in Buildings – Parts A and B
- Energy Provision (Renewable Energy)
- Building Performance Assessment and Evaluation
- Sustainable Materials in the Built Environment
- Built Environment Applied Project or Built Environment Practice Based Project

Why study at CAT?

Studying at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a truly unique experience. For the past 40 years CAT has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, pioneering low-carbon living and renewable technology. At the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE), students benefit from our extensive practical and academic knowledge, graduating with the skills needed to become leading players in the sustainability sector.

Hands-on learning

At CAT, hands-on learning takes place side by side with academic study. Residential on-site block learning weeks are taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), an inspiring learning environment. Nestled in a disused slate quarry on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, CAT is a living laboratory for practical, sustainable solutions. It contains some of the most innovative and renowned environmentally conscious buildings in the country, as well as one of the most diverse range of installed renewable technologies, on site water and sewage treatment, sustainably managed woodland and acres of organic gardens.

Flexibility

It is a flexible degree, taught in blocks taken either with an intensive residential stay of five or six nights at the centre, or by distance learning. MSc students are free to choose between these teaching modes for every module. There is a choice of modules, taken over one year or two – meaning the degree can be part time. It is a masters degree designed to give you the best possible experience whilst also meshing neatly with the pressures of modern professional and family life.

Immersive learning environment

Optional residential module weeks include lectures, seminars, group work and practicals. Applied work tends to dominate later in the week once we have laid the theoretical groundwork. These module weeks provide a truly immersive environment to escape daily life and apply yourself to new learning. Many eminent experts give guest lectures or hold seminars during these modules, as it is a course which seeks to draw on the expertise and learning of the whole environmental sector.

Is this the course for you?

If you would like to visit for an overnight stay during a module, where you can attend lectures and workshops and meet staff and students, please contact Shereen Soliman:

Visit the MSc Sustainability and Adaptation page on the Centre for Alternative Technology website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mr Anu van Warmelo

1421.png I work as a sustainability consultant, specialising in communities. The MSc gave me the expertise I required for this job, yet without limiting my broad interests. This was particularly true for my thesis where I designed a sustainability calculator - like a carbon footprint calculator, but covering all the aspects of sustainability including economic and social well-being. I do travel a lot, which is not ideal but necessary sometimes in order to do consultations and feasibility studies. For the first two years after graduating though I stayed in Herefordshire where I got funding to set up what I called a Blitz Cafe - a place that enhances community cohesion through concerns about the environment, a place that is for everyone, not just 'greenies'. This is still going - now without me - and has moved onto more practical work, which was always the intention. I have since been working elsewhere, such as Abergavenny where we have been attempting to start a new type of centre that serves all aspects of the community. The work is always interesting and suits me in that it has not been full time, as I have several projects on the go, including film work and writing novels.

(Student Profile)

Mischa Hewitt

I currently work for the Low Carbon Trust as a project manager and sustainability consultant.

Studying the course considerably broadened my horizons and extended my network of like minded people interested in building a better world. The knowledge gained from lectures, practicals and writing my thesis has been invaluable in driving forward my work in sustainable construction.  Before the course I had lots of practical experience, but the course helped me to develop critical thinking to evaluate this and crystallise my ideas, which has been useful in developing new projects and courses.  Am currently in the process of revising my thesis into the second edition of the book I am a co-author of: Earthships: building a zero carbon future, this will be published by IHS in spring 2012


(Scholarship)

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)

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

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

http://gse.cat.org.uk/bursary



Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in any dicipline. Students who do not possess formal qualifications but who can demonstrate that they have gained appropriate knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard and that they will benefit from and contribute to the programme, may be accepted. UEL and CAT are strongly committed to widening participation and equal opportunities for all. For international students: TOEFL at 550 or an IELTS score of 6.0 in English language.

Course Fees

UK/EEA: £6250.00. International: £7500.00 (+ optional £2,000 full board food and accommodation)


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