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You will study at two world renowned institutions: Chinese University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) and University of Dundee. Together we will teach you to analyse and evaluate key concepts and practical applications in the energy sector with a focus on finance. Upon completion of the course you will gain two masters degrees, one from Chinese University of Petroleum Beijing and one from the University of Dundee. This will set you apart from others when you are job hunting.  

With China's "Belt and Road Initiative", demand for innovative, internationally educated graduates to work in the energy sector is increasing sharply both from Chinese companies and companies doing business with China. The knowledge you will gain from this course will prepare you to work internationally in energy and financial sectors.  

We have established links with corporations including CNPC, Sinopec, Total, and ADNOC.

Your first year will be taught in Beijing, China and your second year will be taught in Dundee, Scotland.  

First year - CUPB

In your first year, spent at CUPB, all classes are taught in English. Lecturers include faculty from world-leading universities and international experts from the energy sector.

You will have the opportunity to take part in international exchanges, high-level conferences, and internships.

China University of Petroleum-Beijing, founded in 1953, is a '211' national university. It is the national leader in petroleum-related subjects. CUPB is highly ranked in subjects ranging from geosciences to petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical and pipeline engineering and business administration. It was recently selected for the "Double First Class" project, a project that will support universities to achieve world-leading status, in petroleum engineering and geosciences.

Second year - Dundee

In your second year, in Dundee, you will be taught within the University's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law Policy (CEPMLP). Founded in 1977, CEPMLP is the oldest continually-operating energy and resources centre in the UK. It is one of the most prestigious specialist centres in the world. It has an excellent teaching record and receives many large research grants from the World Bank, the ESRC/DFID and EU Horizon2020.

The teaching and research at CEPMLP is internationally-focused. Our network of more than 4000 alumni spreads across the world. Our alumni work in almost every oil, gas and mineral producing and major consuming country. Some are at ministerial levels, for example the Secretary General of the International Energy Forum.

You will gain close links with industry through participation in our seminars, workshops and professional training. You will also be able to undertake placements and internships.


You will have the opportunity to complete an internship such as: Platts Internship Program in Singapore, China-UAE and China-Israel Summer School, etc, connecting you with key individuals in the energy sector.

Language opportunities

The course is taught in English, both in Beijing and Dundee. You will also have the opportunity to learn Chinese which will broaden your employment prospects.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

What You'll Study

How you will be taught

You will be taught with:

  • lectures
  • student-led presentations
  • individual study
  • group work
  • role-play exercises
  • simulations
  • internships

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by:

  • Exams
  • Group presentations
  • Essays for each module
  • Final project report or internship report

Year 1 – at China University of Petroleum Beijing, China

Year 2 – at University of Dundee, Scotland

  • Optional Pre-Sessional English Language Programme

Core Modules

The following modules must be completed (40 credits):

Core Specialist Modules

A minimum of 40 credits from:

Compulsory Choice Modules

20 credits from: 

Elective Modules

Sufficient modules from the academic timetable to bring the total number of credits to 140.

In common with other CEPMLP MSc Energy Studies degrees, any approved module can be included in the elective modules.

All are existing modules.


Our graduates work in the energy sector including international and national oil and gas companies, the financial sector, consultancies and government organisations. Examples of recent employers include CNPC, CNOOC, SINOPEC, Maersk, Phillips 66, Shell, Total; Deloitte, IHS Markit, PwC, Wood Mackenzie; Black Rock, China Development Bank, Africa Development Bank. 

Visit the MSc (dual degree) Energy Finance (China University of Petroleum-Beijing) page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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