Graduate School of the Environment at Centre for Alternative Technology

Graduate School at the Centre for Alternative Technology
New Skills for a New Future


MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies

After more than 12 years and hundreds of alumni, the final registration for the GSE's MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies programme closed in March 2014. The course provided its students with a sound understanding of environmental issues as well as the tools, skills and expertise required for an ecological approach to building and building design.

Our AEES alumni have used the knowledge gained in their studies to work on a broad range of exciting projects around the globe. The MSc AEES has given our graduates the analytical, theoretical and practical skills to make sound environmental, social and economic appraisals of projects ranging from large-scale construction to detailed improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings.

More information and stories about AEES including interviews with AEES alumni can be found here:

A suite of brand new MSc programmes in Sustainability and Adaptation

A suite of new integrated Masters programmes in sustainability and adaptation have been developed to succeed CAT’s MSc (Arch) AEES programme. Due to the MSc AEES teaching ethos of being at the cutting edge of environmental change and sustainability thinking, adaptation became an element of the course in 2008. As the relevance of and interest in adaptation grew, it became increasingly clear that adaptation should become a primary focus of teaching within the MSc. To embrace this shift in emphasis and maintain our pioneering stance, the new programmes place transformational adaptation to climate change at the centre of sustainability teaching.

To build on our teaching traditions developed in the MSc AEES, the new MSc suite follows a combined approach of academic study, practical experience and research exposure to equip its students with the skills to succeed in and shape the future of this increasingly important sector.

The three new programmes that replace the MSc (Arch) AEES are as follows:

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation (MSc SA)
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment (MSc SABE)
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning (MSc SAP)

Summary of Objectives for the new MSc Sustainability and Adaptation programmes:

  • The MSc Sustainability and Adaptation programmes build on the successes of the existing MSc (Arch) AEES programme, but also take the opportunity to re-structure and update the programme content;
  • The MSc SA, SABE and SATP programmes put adaptation to the impacts of climate change at the heart of their teaching, placing the course content at the cutting edge of environmental thinking;
  •  The new MSc SA suite is built around clearly defined subject-specific modules that facilitate a coherent and easy to understand structure and provide a great deal of flexibility to enhance the learning experience. This allows students to decide to do a general MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation or to choose a more subject-specific MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation; starting with the new MSc courses  in Sustainability and Adaptation Planning (SAP) and MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment (SABE), and in the future,  module development will allow further MSc courses to be added to the suite.
  •  The MSc Sustainability and Adaptation programmes will integrate ‘on-site/attendance’ and ‘distance-learning’ delivery methods to facilitate enhanced flexibility of study routes and offer blended learning opportunities;
  •  Maintaining the shared benefits of concurrent on-site/attendance delivery of the MSc Sustainability and Adaptation programmes and ProfDip:AEES programmes through the intensive residential modules at CAT and associated learning resources.

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You can find out more information about these exciting new MSc Sustainability and Adaptation programmes via these web-links:

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