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Our student body is diverse and our students’ personal and financial circumstances vary widely.

With this in mind, we have a policy of billing tuition fee payments on a module-by-module basis so our students can spread the cost of their studies. Students can also pay upfront if they wish.

All the information on this page is true for students starting their studies in 2020. For students that started studying prior to this date please see our current students page.



Tuition Fees

UK/EEA Resident Students

International Students*




Full MSc (180 credits)



Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)



Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)




Enrolment Deposit – Prior to the commencement of the course, a £50 non-refundable deposit must be paid alongside the completion of the pre-enrolment form.

Masters in Sustainable Architecture – Students should also budget an estimated £300 for participation in the study visit (costs vary depending on booking choice for accommodation, meals and transport).

Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management – Students on this course should budget a further estimated £150 for the purchase of data-collecting equipment, some of which will be needed during the first core module. Further information about this will be distributed to Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management applicants closer to enrolment.

Additional Fees: Accommodation and Food at CAT

Onsite Accommodation

Accommodation at CAT during residential study weeks (typically five days long for MSc modules and six days long for MArch modules):

  • Shared twin en-suite room in CAT’s award-winning WISE building = £30 per person per night
  • Bunkhouse-style shared accommodation with some cooking facilities = £20 per person per night

The Vegetarian Cafe at CAT offers affordable vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for students. Prices vary but students are advised to budget an estimated £15 -£20 per day for on-site meals.

Fees Terms and Conditions

These documents are for students starting their studies in 2020. For students that started studying prior to this date please see our current students page.


Explore what funding options are available to help you study at CAT and allow you to explore sustainability and gain the skills, knowledge and inspiration to help make a difference.

Student Finance England & Wales Loans

Eligible students will be able to apply for a student loan to cover tuition fees through Student Finance England and Student Finance Wales.

Our postgraduate courses starting in September 2020 have yet to be designated by the Department for Education, the OfS and by HEFCW.  We expect a decision before the start of the 2020-21 academic year. Watch this space.

Postgraduate Loan

MSc & MArch students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan to cover both tuition fees and living costs via Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales (MSc students only).

If you decide to study part time, to receive the Postgraduate Loan you must complete the course within double the time of the full-time option.

These loans are currently only available for people who are normally resident in England or in Wales. Unfortunately, Scotland and Northern Ireland have confirmed that they are not currently offering postgraduate loans for courses from alternative providers like CAT.

For more details, please see our Postgraduate Loan Tipsheet.

Professional Undergraduate Loan

MArch Sustainable Architecture students may be eligible for a professional undergraduate loan. Please see our MArch student loans tipsheet for more information. MArch Student Loan Tip Sheet

The Sir John Houghton Bursary

Thanks to a generous donation from Sir John Houghton, CAT is able to offer an annual bursary of £4,500 to a promising postgraduate student who demonstrates that they have an excellent academic record and a passion for tackling climate change.

Applications will open on the 1st of March, 2020 and close at 12:00GMT (midday) on Monday 17th June 2019.

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