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Distance Learning

Act now for a sustainable future

Explore sustainability and develop the skills to help make a difference on a CAT Masters or Postgraduate course.

Whether you study at CAT via our distance learning option, on-site or through a mix of the two, you’ll get the chance to study a big picture, integrated approach to sustainability and gain the skills to take action and help create change.

You will learn alongside a mix of UK and international students, studying with the same lecturers and tutors who teach on the residential study weeks, including CAT’s in-house teaching staff and a range of expert visiting and guest lecturers.

How does distance learning work?

Students use our awarding bodies’ online learning environment platforms (either Moodle or Canvas) and discussion apps, for access to:

  • Lecture recordings, slides and lecture notes to stream or download;
  • Online seminars;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Group tutorials;
  • Individual contact with your tutor;
  • Individual contact with a student support officer;
  • Online electronic journal databases facilitated through Open Access/Athens;
  • Access to other university libraries (through SCONUL).

Modules studied at a distance are typically arranged as a sequence of teaching activities over an eight-week period. Students are able to set their own study schedule during a module around the seminars and group work.

Blended learning

Students can decide on a module-by-module basis whether they want to study on-site or via distance. Allowing you more flexibility to fit study around your life and existing commitments.

Our distance learning resources will also be available to students studying on-site. Students studying on-site or via distance will be able to interact and share ideas and expertise via the online learning environment and discussion apps, helping to create a richer learning environment.

Study Options

Part or Full-time

Students can choose to study full-time over 18 months or part-time. Part time students are recommended to take the course over 3 years, 2 years for the taught modules and then the 6 month dissertation in the final year.

Master of Science, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate

Students can chose to study all of the courses available via distance learning at different levels, click here to learn more.

International students

CAT currently has students from all across the globe. Most international students join us via distance learning through our Virtual Learning Environment. We encourage International students to bring their knowledge and perspective of sustainability abroad to the course as this encourages and enriches the learning of all students at CAT.

To learn more about studying at CAT as an international student click here.

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Virtual Open Day

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