Centre for Alternative Technology

Introduction

"No organization is better placed to deliver skills for a zero carbon future, no building is better built to deliver that training.”

The Graduate School at CAT is a world-class training centre with over 35 years expertise in sustainability practice. Based in the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE) the GSE offers unparalleled teaching and accommodation facilities, including:

  • A large rammed earth lecture theatre
  • Seminar rooms and workshops
  • Research laboratories
  • IT suite
  • Offices, common rooms and reception areas
  • 24 en-suite study bedrooms
  • Restaurant and Bar

WISE is a state of the art eco-educational facility. Designed by architects Pat Borer and David Lea, it is a beautiful combination of environmentally conscious design and cutting-edge sustainable building techniques. The venue is sensitively constructed out of low embodied energy materials such as hemp and lime, rammed earth and sustainably sourced timber. The supply of on-site renewable energy sources, including biomass and solar power, means that WISE is a truly sustainable place to study.

WISE is a 2011 RIBA Award-winning Building and has won Building of the year 2010 in the Daily Telegraph.

Food and Accommodation

Full residential accommodation is provided during the modules for participating students on the premises at CAT, including all meals. All meals will be in the new WISE restaurant at CAT and are vegetarian. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc Sustainable Food and Natural Resources

Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Machynlleth + 2 more

A flexible Masters degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of transformational responses to the pervasive effects that economic structures and environmental change are having on a diet, health, sustainability and community empowerment. [+]

Masters in the Sustainability of Food and Natural Resources

This MSc will run, subject to validation of Liverpool John Moores University

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 sustainable food and natural resources production. This Masters degree tackles these themes through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work. 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.... [-]


Master

Masters of Sustainable Architecture

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Machynlleth

A Masters of Sustainable Architecture from the University of East London, based at the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative [+]

A Masters of Architecture from the University of East London, based at the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology

This course is delivered at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment based in the award-winning Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE). Surrounded by mountains and forest, this location fosters a unique learning environment.

CAT’s 40 years of sustainable education experience has led to the development of courses that not only tackle environmental issues but are focused on sustainability at the core of every aspect of learning.

Aims

The M.Arch is aimed at the architecture student who understands that the world is in a time of transition and that building design plays an important role in environmental impact. Therefore there is great potential within the profession for environmental change and this is pivotal to the entire sustainability debate.... [-]


MSc Sustainability and Adaptation

Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Machynlleth + 2 more

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 [+]

Masters in Environmental Science and Policy

A flexible Master’s degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of transformational responses to climate change. 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 and the social, political, economic and practical aspects of living with environmental change.

This Master’s degree tackles these themes through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work. 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-and-adaptation/sa-staff-profiles) and a wide selection of academics and special guest lecturers; people who have made exceptional contributions to environmental thinking and action.... [-]


MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment

Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Machynlleth + 2 more

The MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment (SABE) focuses on sustainable building and environmental [+]

Masters in Environmental Building

Climate change poses two key challenges to modern architecture: how can buildings be made sustainable, and how can they be designed to take account of the effects of climate change? This masters degree faces these challenges through a unique combination of academic study with hands-on practical work, giving you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to develop an environmental career in the built environment sector.

The course uses the concepts of sustainability and adaptation transformation to frame an understanding of the built environment at the community and individual buildings level. Key building issues covered by the course include energy management and low energy design, sustainable materials, environmental performance assessment and energy provision. Students may further pursue interests in urban design, communities, ecology, water, ecological sanitation, politics and economics.... [-]


MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning

Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Machynlleth + 2 more

The MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation Planning (SAP) focuses on ‘macro’ scale aspects of the field [+]

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning

This is a masters degree focuses on the key strategic and leadership challenges brought about by climate change and broader environmental issues. From spatial master-planning to politics and economics, this MSc gets to the heart of the how the environment must be brought into decision-making. It is among the first such programmes in the UK to put adaptation transformation at the heart of the teaching.

Future environmental change and the effectiveness of solutions are both uncertain. We teach students to integrate risk assessment into decision-making. Theoretical concepts are reinforced with applied projects in landscape planning, design and case studies. The MSc course covers a variety of themes including land use, cities and communities, politics and economics, ecosystem function, water and waste management. Optional modules in the built environment, energy, sustainable materials and renewable technologies can also be taken.... [-]


MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Machynlleth + 1 more

A postgraduate degree from the University of East London, based at the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology. [+]

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.... [-]


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