Sustainability and Adaptation by Distance Learning


A commitment to lifelong learning, balancing work and other life commitments, can be a challenge. Not just on time, but on logistics. To make it easier to keep developing your talents the Centre for Alternative Technology has a range of flexible, distance learning programs.

This online learning programme allows you to complete anything from a Postgraduate Certificate to a full MSc in all of our Master in Science courses. The flexible, online learning allows you to study when it suits you.

You will learn with a range of sustainability professionals, both UK and international students, to understand the key challenges of environmental change together.

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment 

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation 

Sustainable Food and Natural Resources

Sustainable Energy Provision and Demand Management 

Online Learning

The master’s course can be completed full time or part time, with lecture material available to download and listen to at a time to suit you.

Distance learning is delivered primarily through our awarding bodies' online learning environment, Moodle or Canvas. Learning materials include:

  • Lecture recordings, slides and lecture notes available to download
  • Online seminars
  • Formative practical exercises
  • Group Skype tutorials
  • Individual contact with your tutor
  • Individual contact with your designated student support officer
  • Online library access

The platforms promotes regular interaction between students, academic tutors and support staff to create a community of masters in sustainability.

Distance-learning modules are typically arranged as a sequence of teaching activities over an eight-week period. Distance learning students complete the same assignments as those taught through on site residential blocks. Whilst much of the work is individual, enabling students to set their own schedule, for some modules students gain experience of group discussions for a group project together with other distance-learning students.

All students have access to the Athens electronic journal database, membership of SCONUL scheme (providing access to other University libraries), and the programme website.

You may take the entire masters programme by online learning, or just some individual modules. Whichever suits you best.

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