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About the course

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

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Entry Requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in either a social or a natural science. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered. English language requirements - Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section).



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Paula Rolffs; Researcher at E3G Third Generation Environmentalism

3668.jpg ‘Prior to starting the course I did an internship at the German international cooperation agency GIZ in the area of sustainable energy policy and renewable energy, both at their headquarters and in Brazil. Having gained some work experience in the field of climate change, renewable energy and international cooperation, I felt that I was lacking expertise on the academic side. The MSc in Energy Policy for Sustainability helped me to find a job in the very competitive sphere of climate change and sustainability, and added to my international experience and background.

‘The course has taught me about the complexity of national energy systems and the related carbon emissions, as well as about innovation and technology policy. It’s also given me specific knowledge on government policies and support mechanisms needed to shift to low-carbon technologies. This has proven to be really helpful in my current role as a researcher at E3G Third Generation Environmentalism.

‘Overall, the great mix of interesting course content linked to real-life issues, and meeting great people from all over the world who were also studying at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) made my experience of Sussex exceptional.’


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