MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning
This is a masters degree focuses on the key strategic and leadership challenges brought about by climate change and broader environmental issues. From spatial master-planning to politics and economics, this MSc gets to the heart of the how the environment must be brought into decision-making. It is among the first such programmes in the UK to put adaptation transformation at the heart of the teaching.
Future environmental change and the effectiveness of solutions are both uncertain. We teach students to integrate risk assessment into decision-making. Theoretical concepts are reinforced with applied projects in landscape planning, design and case studies. The MSc course covers a variety of themes including land use, cities and communities, politics and economics, ecosystem function, water and waste management. Optional modules in the built environment, energy, sustainable materials and renewable technologies can also be taken.
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 Planning at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by UEL.
Adaptation and sustainability: concepts and planning
Ecosystem services, land use and water and waste management
Environmental adaptation, sustainability, politics and economics
Cities and communities
Energy flows and energy efficient design in buildings
Sustainable materials in the built environment
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. Find out more about our facilities here: https://gse.cat.org.uk/index.php/postgraduate-courses/msc-sustainability-and-adaptation/sa-site-and-facilities
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 ranges of installed renewable technologies, on-site water and sewage treatment, sustainably managed woodland and acres of organic gardens.
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 come to one of our open days. To find out more go to https://gse.cat.org.uk/index.php/open-day or contact our Graduate School Marketing Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability and Adaptation Planning: Entry Requirements
The Sustainability and Adaptation Planning courses are intended to cater for a broad range of interests. For acceptance into the programme the following requirements apply:
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. Students may be admitted with advanced standing through the recognition of credit or the accreditation of experiential or certificated learning according to the University of East London Accreditation of (Experiential) Learning (A(E)L) policy.
A student may gain admission to a programme, with advanced standing, with up to half of the credits associated with the award being achieved through accredited experiential learning, or up two thirds through accredited certificated learning. (Where a combination of experiential and certificated learning is involved up to one-half of the credits for the award may be achieved through accredited experiential learning with further credits being achieved through accredited certificated learning up to a maximum of two-thirds of the credits for the award).
Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking an exemption.
The University of East London and CAT are strongly committed to widening participation and equal opportunity for all.
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.
Tuition Fees 2017
UK / EEA Students £ 6,250*
International Students - £7,500*
Accommodation / Food / Service fees: £200 - £250* per module attendance week on site
Thesis workshop days (2 days attendance on site) £100*