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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 2018. The fees, terms and conditions for 2019 are yet to be finalised.

Please see the following documents for more details:

MSc Fees Terms and Conditions 2018 for students enrolled after April 2018 MSc-Fees-Terms-and-Conditions-2018_19_v1.0-for-students-enroled-after-April-2018-5.pdf
MSc Fees Terms and Conditions 2018 MArch-Fees-Terms-and-Conditions-2018_19_v1.0-2.pdf



Tuition Fees: MSc / PGDip. / PGCert.

UK/EEA Resident Students

International Students*

Full MSc (180 credits)




Alternative awards:

Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)



Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)



Note: An additional fee applies for the Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management course for the CAT in a Box

Tuition Fees: Masters in Architecture

UK and EEA: £12,000 for this two year course, £6,000 per year.

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



Additional Fees: Accommodation and Food at CAT

Accommodation at CAT during residential study week (typically five days long) are:

  • Shared twin en-suite room in CAT’s award-winning WISE building = £25 per person per night
  • Bunkhouse-style shared accommodation with some cooking facilities = £15 per person per night

The Vegetarian Cafe café at CAT offers affordable vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for students in the . Prices vary but students are advised to budget an estimated £125 per module week (five nights) for on-site meals.


Calculations for Masters in Architecture Students

We have made some calculations to help you see the different options and the overall costs for food and accommodation during the course.

Standard shared accommodation

  • £150 per month’s attendance in Year 4, plus June attendance = £1,500 total for 4th year
  • £125 per month’s attendance in Year 5 (excluding June, which is covered in year 4 attendance) = £1,025 total for 5th year

Bunkhouse style accommodation

Bunkhouse-style accommodation is .

  • £90 per month’s attendance in Year 4, plus June attendance = £900 total for 4th year
  • £75 per month’s attendance in Year 5 (excluding June, which is covered in year 4 attendance) = £615 total for 5th year

Total accommodation and food

The total estimated costs for accommodation and food on site during module weeks are:

  • Standard shared room with food: £5,050
  • Bunkhouse-style room with food: £4,040


Please see MSc / PGCert. / PGDip. Fees, Terms and Conditions for more information MSc-Fees-Terms-and-Conditions-2018_19_v1.0-for-students-enroled-after-April-2018-5-1.pdf

Please see MArch Fees, Terms and Conditions for more information  MArch-Fees-Terms-and-Conditions-2018_19_v1.0-2.pdf

Additional Fees: CAT in a Box (Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management only)

All Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management students need to purchase the ‘CAT-in-a Box’ package of technical materials to assist with hands-on practical activities at a distance or when not at CAT, e.g. for their dissertation research.

This comprises programmable data logging and monitoring equipment to enable students to log and analyse real renewable energy data at home, in work or out on trips as part of the course.

Full training will be given during the November core module and support is available throughout the course.
The cost is estimated at £500, and is payable at the same time as payment is made for the core September module week. You should be aware that there may be additional import duties and sales taxes related to shipping for international students.


Student Finance England & Wales Loans

For students to be eligible for this funding, they must be studying a course that is designated annually by the Department for Education. We have made an application for our courses to all be designated for the 2019-20 academic year and we expect this process to be completed in early 2019. 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.pdf.

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-2018-2.pdf

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.

Sir John has had an illustrious career as one of the world’s most eminent climate scientists, including being co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessment Working Group and a former Chief Executive of the Met Office.

A long-term supporter of CAT's work, Sir John says:

"I have spent a lifetime studying the atmosphere and the climate and latterly have been concerned with the reality of human induced climate change. I now want to help the next generation tackle this serious problem, possibly the biggest the world faces."

The deadline for applications for 2019 entry is 12:00GMT (midday) on Monday 17th June 2019.

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