Centre for Alternative Technology: Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

InstitutionCentre for Alternative Technology
Department Graduate School of the Environment
Web http://gse.cat.org.uk
Study type Taught

Summary

Masters in Renewable Energy Technologies 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.

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.

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 and a wide selection of academics and specialist guest lecturers – people who have made exceptional contributions to environmental thinking and action.

How is the course taught? Our MSc programme is taught either by distance learning or through residential blocks in one of the most imaginative environmental buildings in the UK, or in a mixture of the two.

What qualification will you receive? Successful completion of the programme MSc Sustainable Energy Provision and Demand Management at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by UEL. The programme is also available to study as a Postgraduate Certificate and as a Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules include - Introduction to Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

  • Environmental Politics and Economics

  • Energy Flows in Buildings – Parts A and B

  • Energy Generation, Supply and Demand in Cities Provision

  • Energy Generation from Solar

  • Energy Generation from Wind

  • Hydroelectric and Marine Energy Generation

  • Applied Project or Work Based Project

  • MSc Dissertation

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.

Hands-on, flexible and immersive learning At CAT, hands-on practical learning takes place side by side with academic study, group work and lectures During residential on-site block learning weeks taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), an immersive 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 range of installed renewable technologies, on site water and sewage treatment, sustainably managed woodland and acres of organic gardens. It is a flexible degree with a choice of modules, each 8 weeks long, 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.

Is this the course for you? Interested in studying this course? Join us for our next open day or contact us.

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