18 months
8720 GBP/year
7310 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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Through the Sustainability and Ecology programme from Centre for Alternative Technology, you will gain a scientific understanding of the issues surrounding the protection and rehabilitation of nature whilst maintaining essential or useful ecosystem services.


CAT is situated in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with easy access to a wide range of habitats, including woodlands, wetlands, high mountain pasture, heathland and riverine, coastal and transitional wetlands – many of which are represented at CAT itself and allow for practical learning from nearby cases studies.

Some of the topics of the Sustainability and Ecology programme from Centre for Alternative Technology you will study will include:

  • Landscape management and local habitat management practises with a view to maximising environmental sustainability benefits
  • Values and limitations of habitat restoration, rewilding, species reintroduction, biodiversity, conservation, health and nature and urban green infrastructure
  • Global and local scale ecological sustainability and how it relates to the ongoing demands of modern society, the integrated nature of the systemic drivers of climate change and biodiversity loss and ecological worldviews
  • Land use, biodiversity 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

Why study at CAT?

Benefit from over 40 years’ sustainability experience

CAT is a world-leading eco centre and a pioneer in researching and teaching practical solutions for sustainability, with nearly 50 years’ experience in low-impact building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable food production, natural resource management and more.

Immersive or distance learning

Students can decide whether they want to study a module on-site or via distance learning.

Our taught 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. Practical sessions during on-site study visits at CAT, allow you to get hands-on with sustainable building materials, ecological assessments and energy efficiency. 


This course is created and delivered by CAT and validated by the Liverpool John Moores University.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Sustainability and Adaptation: Concepts and Planning
  • Ecological Assessment
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Ecosystem Services: Land Use, Water and Waste Management
  • Applied Research Design
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Politics and Economics of the Environment
  • Food Production and Consumption

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

We ask for a Bachelor’s degree or knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard.

IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8720 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8720 GBP per year during 18 months.
  • National

    7310 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7310 GBP per year during 18 months.

Prior to the commencement of the course, a £50 non-refundable deposit must be paid alongside the completion of the pre-enrolment form.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Sustainability and Ecology
Centre for Alternative Technology


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