Graduate School of the Environment

New Skills for a New Future

Graduate School Open Taster Days

Would you like to study with lots of passionate and knowledgeable people in an immersive environment? Visit us on one of our open taster days and get a flavour of what we offer on our practical and unique environmental masters courses. Take this dedicated opportunity to chat with our lecturers one to one and find out if the course is right for you.

What the day looks like

We offer a day which is free of charge and includes lunch.

Taster days take place during one of the MSc modules and give you the chance to come along to CAT, meet some existing students, speak to lecturers and decide which environmental masters degree at CAT is most suitable for you.

  • Have a tour of the centre, including accommodation and teaching facilities
  • Find out more about the centre, the courses, and the Graduate School
  • Meet current and other potential students
  • Meet tutors on the courses
  • Observe a lecture or practical

Upcoming open days

  • Friday 15th February 2019 for all courses
  • Friday 15th March 2019 for all courses
  • Friday 12th April 2019 for all courses

To book a provisional place, please complete the form below or email Christina Jackson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It is possible to arrange a one-to-one meeting with the Graduate School at the Centre for Alternative Techonology to discuss studying with us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange your visit.

Open Day Registration Form 


Whilst you are in the area

Why not stay in the area for the weekend and enjoy what the Dyfi Biosphere and the Snowdonia National Park have to offer? You can book local accommodation here. If you need ideas of things to do during your stay, there are some great ideas here.

Leading environmental centre

Based in a stunning setting in the Welsh hills, the Centre for Alternative Technology has been providing sustainability education for over 40 years and offers a range of inspirational postgraduate programmes. A unique combination of leading professionals, academics and authors teach and lead the courses, offering Graduate School students the ability to develop not only their theoretical and academic knowledge, but also their practical skills.

Who could study at CAT?

Anyone who wants a flexible, challenging masters course in an environmental field will find studying at CAT rewarding. CAT offers MSc courses in these areas, and tutors will be on hand to talk about all of them on the open day:

Environmental science and policy

Degrees at CAT are for anyone who wants to understand the implications of environmental change for our society. The MSc Sustainability and Adaptation degree encourages you to develop a deep understanding of environmental challenges. It interrogates the social, political and economic transition that adapting to and mitigating climate change involves. Many students from CAT have gone on to work in local, national or international policy in the public sector and for NGOs and campaign groups.

Renewable energy

For people wanting to build a career in the renewable energy industry the MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management degree programme is an ideal launchpad. Graduates of CAT have gone on to work for large engineering firms, energy companies, have developed their own projects and set up their own firms.

Buildings and the built environment

Students interested in sustainable construction and design are able to develop an in depth understanding of issues related to buildings and environmental change. The MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment course offers students practical experience in ecological building design and methods, as well as a detailed understanding of environmental building issues including energy management, renewable technology, building performance assessment and water and waste management. CAT graduates have gone on to a broad range of careers including facilities management, consultancy, ecological building and policy jobs. Many have set up their own companies.

Planning and strategy

Sustainability and climate change resilience are becoming the twin pillars by which new developments will be assessed. The MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning masters degree is the route to understanding these twin challenges on both the practical and strategic level. The course includes master planning exercises, applied projects and units covering cities and communities, water management, buildings and energy provision.

Lecturers from all these courses will be available on the open day to answer your questions.

Student experience

Flexible learning: distance learning or on site?

Degrees in sustainability and adaptation (including the built environment and planning pathways) have been designed with a completely flexible approach to learning. Students can choose for each module whether they want to study it on site at CAT or by distance learning. You can choose to take the whole course by distance learning, the whole course on site, or a mixture of the two.


What our students are saying

“Enjoyed every minute of the course. I now, for the first time in my life, have a job I truly enjoy.”

“I have rarely felt so motivated, happy and focused. I have never danced so much either.”

“I found the course exhilarating from the start.”

“The MSc had a huge positive impact on my life. Now I have a job I love.”

“Helped me work out how to go forward in life.”

“I can totally recommend the course, particularly as it's flexible and you can tailor it to meet your needs.”

“Without it, I wouldn’t have my job. I only had the opportunity when my interviewer noticed that I had been to CAT!”

“The MSc is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things I have ever done.”



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