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Energy and Resources Management (MSc)

Course Description

UCL Australia's Energy and Resources Management MSc is a two-year full-time programme that provides students with a thorough knowledge of sustainable management of energy and natural resources. The programme covers both theory and practice, with a focus on modern issues faced by industry.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/energy-resources-management-msc

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 5 October 2015
We accept applications throughout the year for the two entry dates of late February and mid July.
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

The programme places particular emphasis on policy, strategy and planning. Students develop a depth and breadth of technical and practical skills, up-to-date energy and resources sector knowledge, and have the opportunity to complete a unique and substantial research project with a relevant industrial or governmental partner.

Students undertake modules to the value of 320 credits over two years.

In year one the programme consists of four core modules and four optional modules. In year two students can follow either a coursework stream (the four remaining optional modules listed and two small research projects) or a research stream (industry research project).

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of three core modules (60 credits) and five optional modules (100 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising of four modules (80 credits) is offered.

- Core Courses
Economics of Energy, Resources and the Environment
Law for Energy and Resources
Resource Development and Sustainable Management
Energy Technology Perspectives
Either Research Projects A and B (for Coursework stream)
Or Industry Research Project (for Research stream)

- Options
International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Project Management for Energy and Resources
Macroeconomics and Sustainability
Political Economy of Oil and Gas
Financing Resource Projects
Water Resources Management
Social Licensing

- Dissertation/Research Project
All MSc students undertake a research project as part of their study programme. For those who select the coursework stream, they are required to complete two short research projects (80 credits), whilst the students undertaking the research stream complete an industry research project (160 credits).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning and workshops. Each taught course will be assessed by a three-hour examination (60%) and coursework (40%). The industry research project is assessed by a dissertation and supported by an oral defence, whilst the short research projects are assessed by a short dissertation and an oral defence.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Energy and Resources Management MSc http://www.ucl.ac.uk/australia/study/msc


There is a small number of highly competitive Santos and BHP Billiton Scholarships available for prospective students.
Further information is available on the UCL Australia Scholarships website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/australia/study/msc/#tabs-6 .
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .


The MSc aims to prepare students for careers with a focus on policy development, strategy and planning in corporations operating in the energy or resources sectors or in government departments whose remit covers these sectors. UCL Australia places the needs of the energy and resources business sector at the centre of all that it does. By working closely with industry, business consultancies and government departments in Australia and beyond we seek to ensure that our MSc curriculum produces highly employable graduates.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our world-leading approach combines academic research with hands-on industry experience. We are developing the management talent that will help industry to meet their challenges, innovate and prosper into the future.

Students benefit from leading academics with strong industry links and industry professionals contributing to all taught courses. In addition to the theoretical aspect of the studies and research project field trips are organised to provide a real-world context to classroom learning. Our close engagement with local and state government and key energy and resources companies mean that our students are able to network and learn from those in the industry.

This MSc binds together industrial knowledge and expertise in the energy and resources sector. Graduates of the programme gain an internationally-recognised Master's qualification from one of the world's foremost universities.

Student / staff ratios › 12 staff › 79 taught students › 7 research students

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
The programme is designed for recent graduates seeking to work in the energy and resources sector. It will also appeal to professionals who have been in the workplace for some time and are now looking to change the focus of their career or to change sector.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/australia/study/msc .

Visit the Energy and Resources Management (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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Student Profiles

Santos Scholarships - 5 Awards

Please refer to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/australia/study/scholarships_and_finance/santos_scholarships

Value of Scholarship(s)

AUD$64,500 (Tuition fees) + a stipend for living expenses of up to A$25,000 per year


Applicants who wish to be considered for a Santos Scholarship must apply online. A part of the application process is the submission of an essay of up to 1000 words. The essay requires students to critically analyse the statement: "The Kyoto Protocol requires liable countries to reduce their production of Greenhouse gases by stipulated percentages over the period 2008 to 2012. But surely such reductions should be based upon consumption not production!." Discuss this statement in terms of the cost and availability of alternative large-scale power generation technologies. This essay should be no more than 1000 words (including footnotes, but excluding references) and will be checked for plagiarism using Turnitin®.

Application Procedure

Please refer to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/australia/study/scholarships_and_finance

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree, an Australian honours degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an appropriate discipline, for example, engineering, information technology, economics, science, law or business. Alternatively, and Australian Bachelor's degree plus at least five years of work experience in a relevant industry or government sector (e.g. energy or resource company, policy organisation or regulatory body) is acceptable, or an Australian Bachelor's degree completed at a level of High Distinction with a Distinction in each of their final-year units of study.

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