Climate change poses two key challenges to modern architecture: how can buildings be made sustainable, and how can they be designed to take account of the effects of climate change?
This course uses the concepts of sustainability and adaptation to frame an understanding of the built environment at the community and individual buildings level.
Key areas of study
Key building issues covered in the course include: energy management and low energy design, sustainable materials, environmental performance assessment and energy provision. Students may further pursue interests in urban design, communities, ecology, water, ecological sanitation, politics and economics.
From spatial master-planning to politics and economics, get to the heart of how the environment must be brought into decision-making. Develop your ability to evaluate complex issues and become a self-reflective practitioner or researcher who can communicate evidence and conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
When studying this course as an MSc you will need to study the 30 credit Sustainability and Adaptation: Concepts and Planning module plus 2 additional core modules and 4 optional modules before undertaking a dissertation. Please click on the module descriptions below for information about each module.
- Sustainability and Adaptation: Concepts and Planning
- Sustainable Materials in the Built Environment
- Energy Flows in Buildings – Part B
- MSc Dissertation
- Energy Flows in Buildings – Part A
- Environmental Politics and Economics
- Cities and Communities
- Energy Provision
- Ecosystem Services: Land Use, Water and Waste Management
- Applied Project
- Work-based Project
This course is created and delivered by CAT and is offered subject to revalidation by the University of East London. The course is due to be reviewed in early 2022 so this description of the course is as its currently delivered. Some aspects may change before the start of the 2022 academic year.
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 over 40 years’ experience in low-impact building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable food production, natural resources management and more.
The taught eight-week 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 are part of the programme of module teaching weeks at CAT, allowing you to get hands-on with sustainable building materials and energy efficiency.
Many modules are shared with our other postgraduate courses, providing you with a rich learning experience with your peers.
Distance and blended learning
Students can decide on a module-by-module basis whether they want to study on-site or via distance. Allowing you more flexibility to fit study around your life and existing commitments.
Our distance learning resources are also available to students studying on-site. Students studying on-site or via distance will be able to interact and share ideas and expertise via the online learning environment and discussion apps, helping to create a richer learning environment.
Flexible study options
Courses can be studied full or part time and our courses structure allows you to choose the mode and level of study that suits you, helping you fit your studies around other commitments.
Full-time study at MSc level will allow you to complete the course in 18 months. Part-time study at MSc level will allow you to complete the course over a recommended 3 years.
Interested in studying this course? Join us for our next open day, contact us for more information or apply today.
Visit the Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment MSc page on the Centre for Alternative Technology website for more details!