Course: MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change

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: sustainability, environmental policy & campaigning

MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change 

It is becoming clear that major systemic, political and societal changes are necessary to move towards true sustainability to address the serious consequences of environmental and climatic change.

Immerse yourself in examining sustainability and behaviour change theories at all levels: personal, organisational, community, institutional and governmental, drawing on theories of behavioural science and social and systems models.

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

  • Explore behaviour change through case studies from across the world.
  • Focus on cities, governance structures and policy, and interventions at community and individual level.
  • Examine the role of public perceptions of environmental risk management and attitudes to behaviour change.
  • Learn about the skills required to facilitate the necessary behavioural changes through successful communication and engagement strategies.
  • Develop your own skills in leadership and communication.

Topics covered:

  • Communicating transformational social change
  • Theoretical approaches to transformational social change
  • Introduction to sustainability and adaption
  • Environmental politics and economics
  • Cities and communities
  • Energy provision and demand management
  • Research skills
  • Buildings and people, including design, planning and retrofitting
  • Sustainable building industry [optional]

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 experience 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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