Study Experience

The Graduate School offers an immersive educational environment where academic learning is combined with practical experimentation, providing the skills needed to build a more sustainable future.

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CAT attracts a diverse range of people, from the UK and across the world, with a wide variety of different backgrounds.

Our students have qualifications and experience in lots of different disciplines, from physics to farming and from construction to commerce. They also bring different levels of prior knowledge, whether that is in academic studies or in their professional field.

The resulting mixing pot of ideas, skills, knowledge and inspiration helps create a unique environment where students learn from each other as well as from tutors, lecturers and guest speakers. These interactions add additional richness to the learning experience, with conversations continuing well after the formal teaching sessions have ended.

Whether you take courses remotely or as residential modules you’ll benefit from a unique learning environment and from the extensive support network that CAT cultivates.

We are also QAA Assured. We are reviewed as a recognised Higher Education Provider by the QAA on our teaching and learning standards and quality. You can read more here.

Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Science Courses

You’ll learn through practical sessions alongside lectures, small group seminars and discussion forums, group work tasks, tutorials and written and visual learning resources.

You’ll benefit from the in-depth understanding provided by our experienced academic staff, and gain expert insights on specific topics from more than 60 specialist guest lecturers drawn from both academia and industry.

Recent guest lecturers have included world-renowned climate scientist Professor Kevin Anderson, food policy expert Professor Tim Lang and award-winning architect Professor Pat Borer.

Learn more about the teaching and learning environment in the student handbooks – see useful documents on our current students page

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Masters in Sustainable Architecture (part 2)

You’ll 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.

The course is delivered by a combination of CAT lecturers and visiting external designers and architects, such as Professor Pat Borer.

Read more in the Student Handbook  Master in Architecture Student Handbook

Click here to learn more about our Masters in Architecture

What our students say

“I found the assignments thought-provoking, interesting, innovative and certainly challenging.”

K.W., Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment

“The pattern of week-long intensive lecture and studio time in a residential setting is a great incubator for the in-depth discussion, sharing of information and experiences, and peer-to-peer learning that makes CAT quite unique.”

T.A., Professional Diploma in Architecture

As a student on the Sustainability and Adaptation course I was able to use the buildings on site as real case studies, including undertaking air pressure testing and thermal imaging on the Self Build house, undertaking experiments with green roofs, using the workshop for straw bale construction and building a prototype timber frame disaster shelter on site. Being able to witness the load testing of the world’s first rammed earth arch, made by a fellow architecture student, was quite amazing.
Helen Kennedy, Sustainability and Adaptation

Helen Kennedy, Sustainability and Adaptation


We know that many students have jobs, families and other commitments alongside their passion for sustainability. This is why we offer flexible learning options to enable you to build your knowledge and skills without sacrificing other areas of your life.


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