Funding available for students joining courses in 2018

Postgraduate Loans

CAT MSc students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan (£10,280 in 2017/18) to cover both tuition fees and living costs via Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales.

This is currently available for the following courses:

  • MSc Sustainability and Adaptation
  • MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment
  • MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning
  • MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management
  • MSc Sustainable Food and Natural Resources

For more details, please see our Postgraduate Loans Tipsheet.

These loans are currently only available for people who are normally resident in England or in Wales. Unfortunately Scotland and Northern Ireland have confirmed that they are not currently offering postgraduate loans for courses from alternative providers like CAT.

MArch Undergraduate Loans

MArch Sustainable Architecture students may be eligible for a professional  undergraduate loan via the Student Loans Company. The amount for which you are eligible depends on your personal circumstances – please see our MArch student loans tipsheet for more information.

The Sir John Houghton Bursary

Thanks to a generous donation from Sir John Houghton, CAT is able to offer an annual bursary of £4,500 to a promising postgraduate student who demonstrates that they have an excellent academic record and a passion for tackling climate change.

Sir John has had an illustrious career as one of the world’s most eminent climate scientists, including being co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessment Working Group and a former Chief Executive of the Met Office.

A long term supporter of the work of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Sir John says:

‘I have spent a lifetime studying the atmosphere and the climate and latterly have been concerned with the reality of human induced climate change. I now want to help the next generation tackle this serious problem, possibly the biggest the world faces.’

The bursary will be available again in 2018 – please sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date with announcements.


Other funding

We are occasionally able to offer additional scholarships and bursaries. If you would like to be kept informed of available funding, please sign up to our newsletter using the form on the right of this page.

You'll find useful tips and advice on funding your studies at the links below:

Find a Masters Postgrad Funding Advice

Prospects Funding Advice

CAT students may also be eligible to apply for external sources of funding:

Postgraduate Funding

Turn to Us Grant Search

Vegetarian Award

Sir Richard Stapley Trust

Wellcome Grant Scheme Finder

The Royal Society Grants

European Research Council Grants

NERC Funding

The Linnean Society Grants

Royal Geographical Society

Women in Engineering Science and Technology

Gilchrist Educational Trust

The James Pantyfedwen Foundations Awards

Find-a-Masters Scholarships


Get in touch