Graduate School of the Environment

New Skills for a New Future

MSc Sustainability and Ecology*



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Great changes have occurred in human society in the past 200 years, but much of this has come at the expense of the natural systems and species that keep us all alive and healthy. Even in remote environments, evidence of anthropogenic pollutants shows that nowhere remains unaffected.

Through the Sustainable Ecology programme, gain a scientific understanding of the issues surrounding the protection and rehabilitation of nature whilst maintaining essential or useful ecosystem services.

Explore landscape management and local habitat management practices with a view to maximising environmental sustainability benefits. Critically evaluate the potential values and limitations of habitat restoration, rewilding, species reintroduction, biodiversity, conservation, health and nature, and urban green infrastructure.

CAT is situated in a UNESCO Biosphere, with easy access to a wide range of habitats, including woodlands, wetlands, high mountain pasture and woodland, heathland, riverine, coastal and transitional waters – many of which are represented at CAT itself.

CAT’s unique study experience combines hands-on practical learning with rigorous academic study and flexible study options.

Key areas of study

Gain a broad and contextual understanding of global and local scale ecological sustainability and how it relates to:

  • Ongoing demands of modern society
  • The integrated nature of the systemic drivers of climate change and biodiversity loss
  • Ecological worldviews
  • Land use, biodiversity (species) needs for conservation and ecosystem service provision
  • The political and economic bases for sustainability in resource sourcing, use and management
  • Behaviour change relevant to delivering transformational environmental change

*This course is subject to validation and new for 2019.


Benefit from over 40 years’ sustainability experience

CAT’s world leading eco-centre is a pioneer in researching and teaching practical solutions for sustainability, with over 40 years’ experience in low impact building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable food production, natural resources management and more.

The taught eight-week modules offer an immersive learning experience through lectures, talks, seminars and workshops delivered by our expert in-house staff, with specialist insights from visiting lecturers from industry and academia.

Many modules are shared with our other postgraduate courses, providing you with a rich learning experience with your peers.

Flexible study options allow you to choose the level and mode of study that suits you, helping you fit your studies around other commitments. Full-time study at MSc level will allow you to complete the course in 18 months.

Interested in studying this course? Join us for our next open day or contact us to register your interest.

This course is created and delivered by CAT and is offered subject to validation by Liverpool John Moores University.

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