Course: MSc Sustainable Ecology

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
September 2020 01654 705953 Alis Rees

Cost: UK/EEA: £6,840 International: £8,185 (+ optional £2,000 full board food and accommodation)

Sectors: ecology, sustainability

Sustainable Ecology

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.

Through the Sustainable Ecology programme, gain a scientific understanding of the issues surrounding the rehabilitation of nature whilst maintaining essential or useful ecosystem services.

CAT’s unique study experience combines hands-on practical learning with rigorous academic study anflexible study options.

Explore landscape management and local habitat management practices with a view to maximising environmental sustainability benefits. 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

Studying at CAT

Study this course full-time at MSc level in 18 months, or choose a part-time route. Flexible study options allow you to choose the level and mode of study that suits you.

The taught eight-week modules offer an immersive learning experienecs through lectures, talks, seminars and workshops delivered by our in-house teaching staff and visiting lecturers with specialist expertise.

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.

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

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