MSc Sustainability and Adaptation

Centre for Alternative Technology

Program Description

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation

Centre for Alternative Technology

The Sustainability and Adaptation masters degree gives you 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. 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.

Successful completion of the programme MSc Sustainability and Adaptation at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by UEL.

The topics covered in the masters degree programme include:

  • environmental politics and transformational change
  • new economics systems
  • sustainable building design, renovation and energy flows in buildings,
  • land use and ecosystem services,
  • waste management,
  • water security and food security,
  • acute resilience pathways for cities, communities and buildings,
  • media and communication,
  • energy provision (including renewable energy),
  • sustainable materials and resources,
  • logistics and transportation,
  • environmental assessment, risk and vulnerability assessment,
  • adaptive capacity,
  • sustainability thinking,
  • adaptation transformation planning

Sustainability and Adaptation: Entry Requirements

The 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 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.

Tuition Fees 2014

  • UK / EEA Students £ 5,500
  • International Students - £6500

Accommodation / Food / Service fees: £250 per module attendance week on site

Thesis workshop days (2 days attendance on site) £100

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 12, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
5,500 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Machynlleth, Wales
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Price 5,500 GBP
UK / EEA Students, 6500 GBP - International Students (September 2014 intake)