Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology


In 1994 the University of East London (UEL) started the MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. Originally based at UEL’s London campus, in 2000 the course moved to CAT, giving students the opportunity to learn in beautiful, inspiring and innovative surroundings.
Since then it has grown rapidly, leading to the formation in 2007 of the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE). The GSE now offers several high-standard programmes at postgraduate level.

Based in the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE), the Graduate School at CAT is a world class training centre with over 35 years expertise in sustainability practice. GSE offers unparalleled teaching and accommodation facilities, including:

  • A large rammed earth lecture theatre
  • Seminar rooms and workshops
  • Research laboratories
  • IT suite
  • Offices, common rooms and reception areas
  • 24 en-suite study bedrooms
  • Restaurant and Bar

WISE is a state of the art eco-educational facility. Designed by architects Pat Borer and David Lea, it is a beautiful combination of environmentally conscious design and cutting-edge sustainable building techniques. The venue is sensitively constructed out of low embodied energy materials such as hemp and lime, rammed earth and sustainably sourced timber. The supply of on-site renewable energy sources, including biomass and solar power, means that WISE is a truly sustainable place to study.


Tel: +44 (0) 1654 705 981


Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ
United Kingdom
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Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 14:36

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