Gaining a Global Perspective – Studying for a Masters by Distance Learning


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A lot of CAT’s work in the past has focused on local and community-based work for sustainable living and renewable energy. Climate change, however, is an international problem and CAT’s research has attracted global interest. As well as being able to study for an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (AEES) at CAT, the course can also be studied remotely. This means that students around the world can learn about the challenges we currently face whilst living in their home countries.

One of our AEES Distance Learning students shares her thoughts on the course:

Jelly Mae Moring

I am a part-time distance learning student of CAT’s MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies programme. I am originally from the Philippines, now residing in Leicester and working as a Research Officer at an independent housing research organisation that promotes innovative housing policy and practice, called the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF). BSHF also runs the annual World Habitat Awards competition which recognises good housing practices around the world and facilitates knowledge exchange and transfer of these practices in other context. My current research follows the themes of energy efficiency in housing, housing-health linkages and reconstruction after disaster. My past working experience includes environmental awareness-raising in Vietnam, doing initial research on integrating climate change adaptation and watershed management in Laos, and working in the private sector in China and in the Philippines.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of the Philippines and an MSc in Environmental Governance from Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany. I decided to pursue the MSc AEES programme due to my line of work and personal interest. BSHF is one of the partners of an IEE-funded project called the PowerHouse Europe Nearly Zero Energy Challenge that aims to build confidence and capacity among social housing providers in Europe ahead of the nearly zero energy building (nZEB) obligations to be introduced in 2020.

Coming from a social science background, I often have no difficulty in understanding or analysing environmental policies. However, I do lack the technical knowledge of how to make a building energy efficient or the technical know-how of sustainable architecture. This is why I am taking the course hoping to gain technical knowledge and practical experience (if possible) on energy efficiency as well as deepen my understanding of sustainability in the built environment.

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