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Course content

Take on a defining challenge for humanity in the 21st century – creating a global low-carbon economy while providing modern energy services to the world’s population.

This MSc is unique in combining ideas from economics, innovation studies and policy studies while requiring no prior training in these fields. The course provides a broad-based, social science training in energy policy, focusing in particular on the role of technological innovation.

You learn from internationally recognised faculty from SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, a world-leading research centre on science, technology and innovation policy, and the Sussex Energy Group, one of the largest energy policy research groups in the world.

You gain the skills to analyse policy problems and to propose and evaluate viable policy solutions. The course provides an essential foundation for careers in government, international organisations, the private sector and NGOs.

How will I study?

Teaching is via small, highly interactive lectures and seminars that foster a culture of knowledge sharing, ideas generation, critical thinking and enthusiastic debate.

You’ll study a combination of core modules and options, assessed through:
-Coursework
-Group projects
-Examinations
-Extended essays
-Presentations
-Policy briefs

In the summer, you work on a research-based dissertation. We encourage interaction, collaboration and creativity. You’re invited to participate in our programme of research seminars as well as conferences and workshops.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)
- £10,000 towards fees with any remaining funds to be used to support maintenance.
- Application deadline: 1 July 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/754

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
- up to 100 £5,000 Masters scholarships
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/711

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from India
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/714

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from Malaysia
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/715

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships to overseas fee paying students from Nigeria
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/717

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from Pakistan
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/716

For more information on any Scholarships: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships

Careers

With the growing importance of energy on political, corporate and even social agendas around the world, there is increasing demand for energy policy professionals.

All our graduates have successfully obtained employment in a variety of sectors. For example, recent MSc graduates have gained employment in:
-International organisations (such as the OECD, UNDP, UNEP, IEA, and IREAN)
-Government departments (such as the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Government of British Columbia, Canada)
-Local authorities (such as the Brighton & Hove Council sustainability team)
-Businesses (such as RWE npower, Ecofys, EDF, Unilever, Southern Solar, Renaissance Re, Centro de Apoio a Inovação Social-CAIS)
-NGOs (such as the International Social Science Council, Green Jobs Alliance, People and Planet)

Other graduates have gone on to work for independent consultancies, or to study for PhDs in this area.

Visit the Energy Policy - MSc page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

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