What will I learn?

On this course, you will develop a deep understanding and confidence around sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, their regulatory and legal requirements and their practical use. You will also acquire a rigorous understanding of the social, practical, political, economic and environmental aspects of green building. CAT’s unique study experience combines hands-on practical learning with in-depth academic study and flexible study options. Get practical experience of sustainable building materials and methods and learn the theory behind the selection and use of materials, energy flows, site selection and preparation phases, waste management and project management.

Key areas of study

  • Introduction to sustainability and adaptation
  • Building design, planning and retrofitting
  • Selection and evaluation of materials and sources
  • Efficient use of materials and energy
  • Attitudinal and behavioural issues of energy and materials use and control
  • Post-occupancy evaluation of buildings performance, water and waste management
  • Policy and planning issues
  • Applied building project

The MSc will end with a 60-credit individual design project comprising a technical report and critical evaluation. This provides the opportunity to complete your studies through focusing on a topic or project of your choosing.

This course is created and delivered by CAT and is validated by the University of East London. Students can also take the course as a PgCert and PgDip.

Which department am I in?

Graduate School of the Environment

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£8,330.00 (US$ 11,391) Overall cost
Prior to the commencement of the course, a £50 non-refundable deposit must be paid alongside the completion of the pre-enrolment form.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth,

Machynlleth,

Powys,

SY20 9AZ, Wales

Online/Distance (30 months)

Tuition fees
£8,330.00 (US$ 11,391) Overall cost
Prior to the commencement of the course, a £50 non-refundable deposit must be paid alongside the completion of the pre-enrolment form.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have a Bachelor's degree, or knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard and IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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