Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Sustainability and Adaptation (Distance Learning)

Institution
Centre for Alternative Technology · Centre for Alternative Technology
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

he Sustainability and Adaptation courses are intended to cater for a broad range of interests. For acceptance onto the programme the following requirements apply:-

  • 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. 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 masters 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 exemption.
  • The University 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.

Application to this programme can only be made on line via this website.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Masters in Environmental Science and Policy

A flexible masters degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of transformational responses to climate change. 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. This masters degree tackles these themes through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work. 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.

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.

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 the social, political, economic and practical aspects of living with environmental change.

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 students the best possible experience whilst also meshing neatly with the pressures of modern professional and family life.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
28 months
full time
18 months

PGDip

full time
12 months

PGCert

full time
12 months

Assessment

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

Course contact details

Name
Will Bryson
Email
distance.learning@cat.org.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1654 705974