Course: MSc Sustainable Ecology

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
2nd September 2019 01654 705953 Christina Jackson

Cost: UK/EEA: £6,420 International: £7,700 (+ optional £2,000 full board food and accommodation) *Subject to Change*

Sectors: ecology, sustainability

Sustainable Ecology *Subject to Validation*

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.

Ecology for sustainability is about understanding how things can continue to work in nature for the foreseeable future. This programme will incorporate a scientific understanding of the issues surrounding the rehabilitation of nature whilst maintaining the ecosystem services that are essential or useful. You will explore landscape management and local habitat management practices with a view to maximising environmental sustainability benefits. You will critically evaluate the potential values and limitations of habitat restoration, rewilding, species reintroduction, biodiversity, conservation, health and nature, and urban green infrastructure.

CAT is situated in a UNESCO Biosphere, with 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.

Gain a broad and contextual understanding of global and local scale ecological sustainability and how it relates to:

  • Ongoing demands of modern society;
  • The integrated nature of the systemic drivers of climate change and biodiversity loss;
  • Ecological worldviews;
  • Land use, biodiversity (species) 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.

The MSc will end with a 60 credit individual dissertation where you will have the opportunity to explore a research topic relevant to your study and interests in detail.

This course will be available via a range of routes: part-time/full-time; distance/on-site/blended; MSc/PGDip/PGCert.

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