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Global Management of Natural Resources - MSc

Course Description

This MSc will prepare students for highly skilled, multidisciplinary managerial roles in the natural resources sector across the globe. The programme is transcontinental – offered by UCL and the University of South Australia (UniSA) - is delivered by UCL Chemical Engineering, UCL Earth Sciences, UCL School of Management, UCL Australia, and the Future Industries Institute at UniSA, and designed with significant input from industry.

Degree information

Students develop knowledge of geology, geosciences, geochemistry and the chemical processes used to transform raw materials into commmodities; managerial skills; and an understanding of the relationship between limited natural resources, economic forces, and the implications for society. The first two terms are spent at UCL in London and the third term and summer at UniSA in Adelaide.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Business Sustainability
-Decision and Risk Analysis
-Earth Resources and Sustainability
-Geology for Global Managers and Engineers
-Minerals Usage, Extraction and Processing
-Natural Gas Processing
-Prevention and Remediation of Environmental Contamination
-Social Licensing

All students undertake a dissertation of 6,000 words based on an individual research project, field trip and executive summary, and an oral examination (20 minutes maximum).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, site visits, independent reading and research, and online material. Some of the modules taught in London will be co-taught by experts at UniSA, employing cutting-edge remote teaching methods. Assessment is by examination, coursework, process design, oral presentations, online quizzes, reports and executive summaries with some components involving group work.


Global Management of Natural Resources MSc prepares graduates for highly skilled, multidisciplinary managerial jobs in the natural resources sector. Recent graduates will gain a global perspective on the natural resources sector and mid-career professionals already employed in the energy and mining sectors, will expand their range of expertise.

Graduates of this programme will also be equipped for postgraduate research careers in relevant disciplines.

Successful graduates will be knowledgeable about all aspects of the energy and natural resources industries, have strong managerial and communication skills, be aware and respectful of social responsibilities, and operate within national and international constraints.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL, situated in the heart of London is consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings and in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) UCL was the top-rated UK university for research strength. This MSc results from the European-funded research project ShaleXenvironmenT in which UCL was an academic partner, and anticipates increasing demand for managerial professionals in existing and developing natural resources fields. UniSA is Australia’s leading university for interdisciplinary research.

Students will become global citizens, with networking opportunities both in London, and in Adelaide and learn how to make an impact. Career advice will be offered throughout the programme and transferable skills will be fostered within the highly multidisciplinary environment.

The programme includes one field trip to Spain and/or in the UK to explore sedimentary formations similar to shale plays, and another field trip to a copper, gold or uranium mine in South Australia.

Visit the Global Management of Natural Resources - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline – preferably engineering, Earth sciences, chemistry or finance/business - from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant work experience may be taken into account.

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