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Centre for Alternative Technology

The Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) at CAT is a world class training centre with 40 years expertise in sustainability practice.



In 1994 the University of East London (UEL) started the MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. Originally based at UEL’s London campus, in 2000 the course moved to CAT, giving students the opportunity to learn in beautiful, inspiring and innovative surroundings.


CAT's Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) offers a range of inspirational post-graduate programmes. Courses are directed by a unique combination of leading professionals, academics and authors. They are based in CAT’s stunning new eco-educational facility, the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education. With flexible learning programmes to suit all needs, and teaching that places sustainability at its core – CAT offers an unparalleled academic and practical learning experience.


The Centre for Alternative Technology provides an ideal venue and inspiration for research in the field of sustainable architecture and renewable energy, with over 40 years' practical experience and many working examples of building methods and renewable technologies on site. This provides a unique environment for study, with access to leading experts in their fields.


The Graduate School of the Environment's Student Intranet, available to all GSE students has a careers section with details of relevant organisations, job opportunities and useful links. There are also a number of other outlets that advertise environmental jobs including The Guardian, ENDS (Environmental Data Services).

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Student services

Open Day Programme:

  • 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
  • Experience a taster lecture or practical

Housing services

24 en-suite twin bedrooms, overlooking a large open roof garden and decking.

Library services

Full library resources are provided through an online ATHENS account and the UEL library. Students can also apply to the SOCNUL card scheme, providing access to any participating University library in the UK, subject to the restrictions of that scheme.

ICT services

A computer suite.

Student Life

Campus life

Residential on-site block learning weeks are taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), a truly unique and inspiring learning environment. Nestled in a disused slate quarry on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, CAT is a living laboratory 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.

Machynlleth, Wales, United Kingdom

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