Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Sustainability and Adaptation

Centre for Alternative Technology · Centre for Alternative Technology

Entry requirements

Either an undergraduate degree or relevant life experience is required to study on this course. Please note that this is an academic course and you will be expected to complete all coursework to the required standard.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation

An update on the long standing MSc AEES courses. CAT’s new Sustainability and Adaptation programmes offer a radical new approach to sustainability teaching, using adaptation to climate change as its core focus.

Students on these new courses will develop a broad range of skills in two streams, tailored to the built environment or transformation planning. This allows students access to career-relevant teaching in a highly topical, emerging field.

Covering a wide area – from land use and food production systems, political and economic governance, and adaptation of cities and communities – to sustainable building, energy provision and building performance and evaluation, the programmes aim to enable students to analyse and understand the causes, severity and urgency of climate change and how these factors influence sustainability and adaptation thinking.

There will be an opportunity to analyse both strategic and technical aspects of the built environment.

Some of the modules on offer:

  • 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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment89
Dissertation11 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Alex Percival
+44 (0)1654 704954