Centre for Alternative Technology: Graduate School of the Environment


Centre for Alternative Technology
Graduate School of the Environment

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a leading centre of excellence in the field of sustainability and renewable energy education with specialist knowledge of architecture, low impact building, renewable energy engineering, climate change and environmental sciences.

For the last 40 years CAT has pioneered sustainability practice and theory in the UK, and it promotes an integrated understanding of environmental solutions. Our postgraduate courses are respected across the world, providing a big-picture, integrated approach to sustainability.

Inspiring changemakers
We inspire changemakers to take action for a sustainable future and work with people and communities to inspire, inform and enable us all to work together to make practical solutions for sustainability.

Our masters courses at CAT offer practical and rigorous academic study, flexibility and are beautifully located. Students learn immersively through a mixture of residential and distance or entirely by distance. The flexible modular nature of our degrees is ideally suited for students who have a job or family commitments.

Residential study happens at CAT which is on the boundary of Snowdonia National Park in Wales and our teaching takes place in CAT's award-winning, sustainable complex, the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education.

Available courses

These Masters programmes combine academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work. CAT provides MSc students with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to develop a career in the environmental sector and make an impact.

Flexible and distance learning
CAT’s postgraduate courses are designed to be as flexible as possible to allow you to select the mode of study that suits you best.

Choose between part-time and full-time, residential or distance (or a mix of the two), and decide what level of study you’d like to pursue. Residential five-days immersive module study weeks allow you to set aside daily life and apply yourself.

During the modules, guest lectures and seminars are offered by experts in their fields, drawing on the expertise and learning of the whole sector.

Many of our students combine their studies with work or family life, so we offer you the flexibility you need.

Open days
CAT Graduate School open days offer a flavour of what it’s like to learn on our postgraduate sustainability courses. Informative and inspiring, there’s time to chat with current students and our lecturers to find out if studying with CAT is right for you.

The day takes place during one of the modules and provides a chance to:

  • Find out specifics of the courses from our lecturers, and learn about the Graduate School
  • Tour the eco-centre, including accommodation and teaching facilities
  • Meet current students and get to know some of the people who may be starting their studies with you
  • Join a lecture or practical session to get a flavour of what you’ll be learning

Usually from 9am to 5pm on a Friday, the day is free of charge and includes lunch in our vegetarian café.

Contact details
Graduate School of the Environment
Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

Tel: +44 (0)1654 705953

Email: gsmo@cat.org.uk

Available courses

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