Great strides have been made in human development in the past 200 years, but much of this has come at the expense of the species and natural systems that keep us all healthy and alive. Even in remote environments, evidence of anthropogenic-derived pollutants shows that nowhere remains pristine. On this flexible Master’s degree immerse yourself in gaining a contextual understanding of global and local scale ecological sustainability and explore ecological worldviews from across the globe and gain a scientific understanding of the issues surrounding the rehabilitation of nature whilst maintaining essential or useful ecosystem services.
This Master’s degree tackles these themes through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work. We give our MSc students the knowledge, skills and experience needed to develop a career in the environmental sector and make an impact. The programme draws on our expert staff and a wide selection of academics and specialist guest lecturers; people who have made exceptional contributions to environmental thinking and action.
Taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), situated in a UNESCO Biosphere, you'll have 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. Students will be able to choose modules which will explore landscape management and local habitat management practices with a view to maximising environmental sustainability benefits and also evaluate the potential values and limitations of habitat restoration, rewilding, species reintroduction, biodiversity, conservation, health and nature, and urban green infrastructure.How is the course taught?
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.What qualification will you receive?
Successful completion of the programme MSc Sustainability and Ecology at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by LJMU. The programme is also available to study as a Postgraduate Certificate and as a Postgraduate Diploma.Why study at CAT?
Studying at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a truly unique experience. For the past 40 years CAT has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, pioneering low-carbon living and renewable technology. At the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE), students benefit from our extensive practical and academic knowledge, graduating with the skills needed to become leading players in the sustainability sector. Find out more about our facilities here.Hands-on learning
At CAT, hands-on learning takes place side by side with academic study. Residential on-site block learning weeks are taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), an inspiring learning environment. Nestled in a disused slate quarry on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, CAT is a living laboratory for practical, sustainable solutions. It contains some of the most innovative and renowned environmentally conscious buildings in the country, as well as one of the most diverse range of installed renewable technologies, on site water and sewage treatment, sustainably managed woodland and acres of organic gardens.Flexibility
It 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 are free to choose between these teaching modes for every module. There is a choice of modules, each 8 weeks long, taken over one year or two – meaning the degree can be part time. It is a masters degree designed to give you the best possible experience whilst also meshing neatly with the pressures of modern professional and family life.Immersive learning environment
Optional residential module weeks include lectures, seminars, group work and practicals. Applied work tends to dominate later in the week once we have laid the theoretical groundwork. These module weeks provide a truly immersive environment to escape daily life and apply yourself to new learning. Many eminent experts give guest lectures or hold seminars during these modules, as it is a course which seeks to draw on the expertise and learning of the whole environmental sector.
This course is created and delivered by CAT and validated by the Liverpool John Moores University.
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- Sustainability and Adaptation: Concepts and Planning
- Ecological Assessment
- Restoration Ecology
- Ecosystem Services: Land Use, Water and Waste Management
- Environmental Politics and Economics
- Food Production and Consumption
- Cities and Communities
- Sustainable Materials in the Built Environment
- The Science of Sustainable Food Production
- Applied Project or Work-based Project
- MSc Dissertation
- 18 months
- 30 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesBiodiversity & Conservation Ecology Environmental Sciences View 260 other Masters in Environmental Sciences in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We ask for a Bachelor’s degree or knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard. For international students whose first language isn't English: IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.
International8330 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8330 GBP per year during 18 months.
National6890 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6890 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.
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