A flexible Masters degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of different energy technologies, exploring the subject through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work.
How is the course taught?
Taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), which pioneered sustainability practice and theory in the UK, the MSc course examines renewable energy provision, increased energy efficiency and intelligent management of energy resources. These topics are explored within the context of the ecological, social and economic impacts and the policy drivers at international, national and local scales. Our MSc programme is taught either by distance learning or through residential blocks in one of the most innovative environmental buildings in the UK, or via a mixture of the two.
Different energy technologies are examined alongside new advances in energy storage, smart grids and meters. Computer modelling, data collection and analysis give students practical experience in effective energy management. Students can choose modules from a wide range that covers environmental assessment and renewable energy, cities and communities, energy provision, energy in buildings, and politics and economics.
We give our MSc students the knowledge, skills and experience needed to develop a career in the environmental sector and make an impact. The programme draws on our expert staff (https://gse.cat.org.uk/index.php/postgraduate-courses/msc-sustainability-in-energy-provision-and-demand-management/sepdm-staff-profiles) and a wide selection of academics and special guest lecturers – people who have made exceptional contributions to environmental thinking and action.
What qualification will you receive?
Successful completion of the programme MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by UEL (subject to validation by the University of East London).
- Sustainability and Adaptation Concepts and Planning
- Environmental Politics and Economics
- Adaptation Transformation Politics and Economics
- Cities and Communities
- Energy Flows in Buildings – Parts A and B
- Energy Provision (Wind)
- Energy Provision (Solar PV)
- Energy Provision (Renewable Energy)
- Building Performance Assessment and Evaluation
- Built Environment Applied Project or Built Environment Practice-Based Project
This course is subject to validation by the University of East London.
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), a truly unique and 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
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Method of assessment
Coursework for each module usually consists of an essay, report, and a presentation. Students also complete a thesis at the end of the course. After acquiring 120 credits from the available teaching modules and associated coursework, students are eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma. Those who wish to obtain an MSc then complete a thesis module, which is the culmination of the work done on the programme.
- An undergraduate degree with an appropriate technical background or equivalent experience.
- Evidence of English language ability e.g. TOEFL at 550 or an IELTS score of 6.0.
- Applications from potential students under the age of 21 will not normally be considered.
- Although we do not necessarily require you to have a degree to apply for the programme, you will need to be prepared to produce essays, reports and presentations at this level.
Resident in UK/EEA:
- Course fee: The fee for September 2017 is £6250*. Food and Accommodation is a further £2000*.
- Full-time students: The fee must be paid in full, as per the Fees Policy.
- Part-time students: half the total fee is payable each year. The fee for the second year will be the fee current for that academic year.
- There is also the option of setting up an instalment plan.
Resident outside EEA:
- Course fee: The fee for September 2017 is £7500. Food and Accommodation is a further £2000.
- Half the fee is due on application; the balance is due on registration.
- International students should note that we do not have a Tier 4 Sponsor licence, therefore we are not able to accept International students who require student visas to study on this course.
*subject to change for 2018
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