Centre for Alternative Technology

MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management*

Centre for Alternative Technology
Blended learning in Machynlleth

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Important information

Typology Master
Methodology Blended
Location Machynlleth (Wales)
Duration 18 Months
Start September 2020
Credits 180
Online campus Yes
Delivery of study materials Yes
Support service Yes
Personal tutor Yes
Virtual classes Yes
  • Master
  • Blended
  • Machynlleth (Wales)
  • Duration:
    18 Months
  • Start:
    September 2020
  • Credits: 180
  • Online campus
  • Delivery of study materials
  • Support service
  • Personal tutor
  • Virtual classes

A flexible Masters degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of different energy technologies, exploring the subject through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work.
Taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), which pioneered sustainability practice and theory in the UK, the MSc course examines renewable energy provision, increased energy efficiency and intelligent management of energy resources. These topics are explored within the context of the ecological, social and economic impacts and the policy drivers at international, national and local scales. Our MSc programme is taught either by distance learning or through residential blocks in one of the most innovative environmental buildings in the UK, or via a mixture of the two.

Different energy technologies are examined alongside new advances in energy storage, smart grids and meters. Computer modelling, data collection and analysis give students practical experience in effective energy management. Students can choose modules from a wide range that covers environmental assessment and renewable energy, cities and communities, energy provision, energy in buildings, and politics and economics.

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.

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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

· Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in any discipline. 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.

· Qualification

Masters of Science

· What marks this course apart?

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. Find out more about our facilities here: https://gse.cat.org.uk/index.php/postgraduate-courses/msc-sustainability-and-adaptation/sa-site-and-facilities

· What happens after requesting information?

You will be contacted by the Graduate School Marketing Officer (who is also a graduate of the CAT) who can answer your questions.

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Reviews on this course

Former Student
4.5 14/06/2016
What I would highlight: My whole career consists on being an energy research analyst, much of which has focused on macro issues. Getting into the technical aspects, the nuts and bolts, has been amazing.
What could be improved: Not really.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Renewable Energy
Climate Change
Energy use
Environmental Impact
Energy Saving
Energy Management
Sustainable Energy Systems
Energy provision
Renewable Energy Sources

Teachers and trainers (5)

 Jane Fisher
Jane Fisher
Lead Academic

 Ruth Stevenson
Ruth Stevenson
Senior Lecturer

Frances Hill
Frances Hill
Senior Lecturer

Louise Halestrap
Louise Halestrap
Senior Lecturer

Tim Coleridge
Tim Coleridge
Joint Programme Leader

Course programme

- Sustainability and Adaptation Concepts and Planning

- Environmental Politics and Economics

- Adaptation Transformation Politics and Economics

- Cities and Communities

- Energy Flows in Buildings – Parts A and B

- Energy Provision (Wind)

- Energy Provision (Solar PV)

- Energy Provision (Renewable Energy)

- Building Performance Assessment and Evaluation

- Built Environment Applied Project or Built Environment Practice Based Project

Additional information

Contact Shereen at study@cat.org.uk for more information

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