Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Sustainability and Adaptation (Distance Learning)

Centre for Alternative Technology · Centre for Alternative Technology

Entry requirements

- Undergraduate degree or equivalent knowledge/experience; minimum age 21. - Evidence of English language ability, e.g. TOEFL at 550 or an IELTS score of 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Information for international students

All course materials are posted to students; we use a courier service to reach those outside the EU. Lecture notes are also available on-line. Seminars, tutorials, and student discussions all happen on-line. There is no requirement ever to come to the department.

Fees and funding

Optional 6-month 'intermissions' allow fee- and study-breaks.
Many students apply for a career development loan (http://direct.gov.uk/PCDL) or arrange for their employers to cover fees.
Bursaries may be found here.

Qualification and course duration


part time
28 months
full time
16 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (14000 words)

Course contact details

Will Bryson
+44 (0)1654 705974