MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

Sustainability in energy can be achieved only via renewable energy provision, increased energy efficiency and intelligent management of energy resources.

This new degree examines renewable energy provision, the science and engineering behind sustainable energy, global and local energy markets, energy and resource management, and the role of decision-makers at different levels in achieving energy security and sustainability.

Through a mixture of academic study and hands-on practical learning, the programme explores 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.

The course is taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), the world leading eco-centre that has pioneered renewable energy provision and sustainable energy use for over 40 years. The site is partly powered by a range of renewable energies, including solar PV, wind and hydro; heat is provided by solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps.

Expert tutors and a wide selection of guest lecturers from academia and industry provide students with the ideal mix of theoretical background, practical hands-on learning, real-world insights and valuable networking opportunities. Graduates leave with the skills, knowledge and contacts needed to develop their career in energy sustainability.

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.

WISE Building at CAT ©Tim Soar

The MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management is a flexible degree, taught in blocks taken either with an intensive residential stay of five or six nights at the Centre, or by distance learning. MSc students, whether full or part time, are free to choose between these teaching modes separately for every module. The choice of modules and the flexibility of learning styles is designed to give students the best possible experience whilst also meshing neatly with the pressures of modern professional and family life.

Residential module weeks include lectures, seminars, group work and practicals, with applied work integral to the module. These module weeks provide a truly immersive environment for students to escape daily life and apply themselves to new learning. Many eminent experts come to CAT to give guest lectures and hold seminars during these weeks, enabling the programme to draw on the expertise and learning of the whole sector.

Students learning by distance have full access to lectures in recorded or written form and can partake in online seminars, chats and discussions.

Windfarm visit

The Graduate School of the Environment at CAT now has over 1,000 graduates, working in sustainability roles across all sectors. These include government departments, local authority sustainability departments, large and small energy companies, construction companies, NGOs, environmental organisations and consultancies. Some have set up their own companies or organisations.

The nature of this masters degree means it attracts people from diverse backgrounds who may be part-way through their career or seeking a change in career. This diversity adds to the experience of all students on the course.


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