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Masters in Sustainable Architecture in Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology
Graduate School of the Environment
United Kingdom
Sustainability, Construction & Technology

MArch: Sustainable Architecture offers architects an ARB-prescribed Part II qualification drawing on CAT’s 40 years of experience in sustainability practice. The intensive course allows graduates to respond more quickly to the urgent need for a greater understanding of sustainability issues in the built environment.


The course is available full-time over 22-months or part-time over three years. Full-time students spend an average of 35 hours per week on their studies, attending CAT for one week every month for an immersive residential.


An architecture Masters with sustainability at its core, the course focuses on how sustainability can be thought about in the design process in order to create buildings that are functional and sustainable as well as aesthetically pleasing.


This highly practical course allows you to combine design-based academic study with hands-on learning, expanding your critical awareness of current architectural and environmental problems to develop new insights.


You will be studying at the forefront of understanding of sustainable architecture, drawing on the skills and knowledge of in-house experts and external designers, including leading sustainable architects such as Professor Pat Borer, Patrick Hannay and Chris Loyn. You’ll also have the chance to get involved in community projects, allowing you to develop real-world practical experience.


This course is created and delivered by CAT and validated by the University of East London. Successful completion of the programme MArch Sustainable Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Architecture (MArch) by UEL. The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board.


Why study at CAT?


Monthly intensive residential study weeks offer an immersive learning experience – you’ll be living and learning in award-winning buildings made from earth, straw, hemp and timber, all designed with environmental impact in mind.


Projects, lectures, talks, seminars, workshops and practical sessions are all part of the programme of module teaching weeks at CAT.


You will develop your skills and knowledge through practical activities, build projects and design tasks alongside studio learning, lectures, small group seminars and discussion forums, group work tasks, tutorials and written and visual learning resources.


This approach to teaching and learning provides a thorough understanding of the complex challenges that occur when theories are put into practice.


Modules include:


-Integrated Design Project 1
-Architectural Analysis Through Writing
-Professional Studies
-Integrated Design Project 2
-Design and Build Project
-Architectural Analysis Through Writing 2
-MArch Dissertation
-Final Design Project
-Technical Report for Final Design Project


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Admission Requirements

– Undergraduate degree carrying an exemption from ARB Part I or a relevant undergraduate degree. If you have a relevant undergraduate degree that does not carry an exemption from ARB’s Part 1 examination you will be required to successfully complete the ARB’s Part 1 examination before you can register as an architect in the UK.


– Digital portfolio of work.


– IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.


– This course is highly practical and requires attendance in person at CAT. If you live outside of the UK or EEA and require a student visa you cannot study this course as we do not hold the required Tier 4 licence. You may instead wish to look at our MSc Green Building, which is available via distance learning.


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General information
22 months
John Carter
£12,485 (+£50 non-refundable enrollment deposit)
+44 01654 705953
Llwyngwern Quarry, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ
Type of Master
Post-professional Master (MArch / MArch II) or equivalent
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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