Centre for Alternative Technology

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation

Centre for Alternative Technology
Blended learning in Machynlleth

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Typology Master
Methodology Blended
Location Machynlleth (Wales)
Duration 18 Months
Start September 2020
Credits 180
  • Master
  • Blended
  • Machynlleth (Wales)
  • Duration:
    18 Months
  • Start:
    September 2020
  • Credits: 180

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.

Important information

Government funding available

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Where and when



Machynlleth (Powys)
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Sy20 9az


Sep-2020Now taking bookings

To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

The Sustainability and Adaptation masters degree gives students the knowledge and skills to plan for adapting to environmental change. The MSc programme provides the opportunity to develop confidence, aptitude and critical thinking. Graduates use their masters degree to put in place sustainability and adaptation principles in public, private and third sector organisations. Future environmental change and the effectiveness of solutions are both uncertain. We teach students to integrate risk assessment into decision-making. The programme combines theoretical knowledge with practical and research experience. MSc students develop into rounded, self-reflective learners who can work with others with confidence and clarity.

· Requirements

Bachelor's degree. 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.

· Qualification

Masters of Science

· What marks this course apart?

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. It's taught in a practical environment, amongst innovative change makers and has the flexibility to be what you want it to be.

· What happens after requesting information?

You will be contacted by the Graduate School Marketing Officer who can answer your questions.

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Reviews on this course

Former Student
4.5 20/08/2016
What I would highlight: I think no other course in UK can offer similar range of theoretical and practical learning in such important issues.
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
Former Student
5.0 14/06/2016
What I would highlight: I think I love the people I’ve met on this course. Staff and tutor from CAT are great too, they have an optimistic and honest attitude to teaching the subject.
What could be improved: Everything was OK.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Environmental Impact
Environmental Science
Environmental Awareness
Policy and economics

Teachers and trainers (1)

Tim Coleridge
Tim Coleridge
Joint Programme Leader

Course programme

Core ModulesSustainability and Adaptation: Concepts and Planning
MSc Dissertation

Optional Modules
Environmental Politics and Economics
Energy Flows in Buildings – Part A
Energy Flows in Buildings – Part B
Cities and Communities
Energy Provision
Ecosystem Services: Land Use, Water and Waste Management
Sustainable Materials in the Built Environment
Applied Project
Work-based Project

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