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UCL School of Energy and Resources

Research in the School of Energy and Resources focuses on both the upstream and downstream development of energy and resources, covering a wide range of disciplines - from engineering and economics to environmental science and law. 

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Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) is a world-leading research organisation delivering a broad science programme that is underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.

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International Energy Policy Institute

The International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) was created to address key policy issues in the mineral, energy and resources industries through intensive and innovative research.

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Read about all departmental research in the 2014 Annual Report.

Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management


UCL Australia's Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management (CRICOS Code: 076038B) is a two-year programme (full-time) 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. Leading academics with strong industry links and industry professionals contribute to all taught courses.

Full-time students

For full-time students, the Master's programme is undertaken over two years. In Year 1, students undertake eight courses designed to broaden their understanding of the energy and resources sectors.

In Year 2 students can opt for one of two streams, both designed to enable students to integrate theory and practice through demonstration of a substantial research project.

  • Research stream – students undertake an industry based research project.
  • Coursework stream – students undertake a combination of four taught courses and two short research projects.

Part-time students

For part-time students the Master's programme can be undertaken in three to five years. Part-time study is only available to students who are not studying in Australia on a student visa.


Students complete one course at a time and each course is about four weeks long.

Each course has a similar format – the first week is an intensive class-room centered programme of lectures, tutorials and group work. Over the following three weeks students complete coursework and sit a three-hour written examination on the final day.

Assignments and projects for each course contribute to a report that students must submit on the day of the examination. 

Read more about courses and the academic calendar for the Master's programme as well as information regarding the availability and timing of individual courses.



Assignments, projects and reports may be completed off campus, enabling 'fly-in/fly-out' attendance for part-time students.

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications to study UCL Australia's MSc in Energy and Resources Management as of 22/02/2016. In the meantime, UCL is welcoming applications for a new MSc in Global Resources Mangement which will commence late September 2016 in London. 

Please keep in touch to find out information about other new, exciting programmes which we will hope to launch in the near future. To submit an enquiry or to be kept informed of future developments please fill in your details and question here.


Economics of Energy, Resources and the Environment

Course content

Economic efficiency and sustainability of many of the earth’s natural resources is achieved through the functioning of commercial markets operating in the absence of market distortions. However, where distortions are present, or where the resource in question is not traded through conventional market mechanisms (e.g. the natural environment), then intervention is justified in order to achieve efficiency in the production and use of these resources. 

This course commences by addressing the concept of the economics of pollution and the use of market-based instruments to deliver an optimal level of output for this unpriced “good”. International oil and gas markets are then analysed in the context of the politics of the Middle East and OPEC, resource nationalism and development issues, the distinction between resources and reserves, and the role of technology. The liberalisation of “natural” monopolies, such as gas and electricity markets, will also be critically analysed.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Identify the fundamental principles of the economics of natural resources;
  • Explain the concept of external impacts of resource use and methodologies for supporting ‘the polluter pays principle’;
  • Understand how a value is placed on environmental damage and the potential hazards of doing so;
  • Explain the design and operation of the gas and electricity markets;
  • Identify major factors impacting on the world oil market and their wider economic and environmental ramifications; and
  • Describe the economic theory underpinning environmental regulation and critically discuss contemporary Australian climate change policy.

Energy Technologies

Course content

The defining challenge of our time is climate change. There is now little doubt that our continued use of fossil fuels to generate energy is the main contributing factor. For a sustainable future, we must decarbonise our energy system. However, at the same time, the demand for energy is increasing. Hence, we must find ways to reduce this demand, through efficiency measures and behavioural change.

The three priorities for energy policy are security of supply, a sustainable, liberalised market and minimal environmental impact. For a sustainable energy future, what will be required will be an appropriate integration of various environmentally benign energy technologies and fuels. This course considers an overview of current energy technologies, their relative costs, and
their environmental footprints. It investigates key aspects of future energy systems, such as the potential impact of embedded distributed generation, smart networks and the integration of different types of technologies into the energy ‘mix’; including renewable energy technologies and nuclear power, and more radical and fundamental changes that will be required to meet stringent emission reduction requirements by 2050. How to engage communities into this radical transformation and the role of policies in achieving the objectives will also be discussed.

This course includes a three-day industrial field trip to visit energy facilities, including conventional and non-conventional generators and their fuel input sources, transmission assets and major energy consumers. The industrial field trip will run in week commencing 15th April. There is no additional cost to students.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Have an understanding of conventional energy technologies and their role in climate change;
  • Be able to assess low carbon energy alternatives, their role in a decarbonised energy system and their impact on decision support tools in policy making;
  • Have awareness of the impact of distributed energy generation resources on existing energy systems; and
  • Critically evaluate the practical implications of achieving a decarbonised energy system, from an engineering, economic and policy viewpoint;

Law for Energy and Resources

Course content

This course will examine the legal regulation of energy actors and activities principally from an international perspective.

The course will start with an introduction to international energy law, where the international framework will be introduced. This introduction will include an introduction to international law relevant to the management of natural resources at international as well as regional and national level. Relevant issues in international energy law, such as sovereignty over natural resources, jurisdiction and international dispute settlement, will be discussed. 

After a general introduction to international energy law, the course will focus on some relevant international legal issues. These legal issues will include: climate and renewable energy law, the regulation of electricity markets in the EU and Australia,
international energy trade and investment along with dispute settlement mechanisms and finally petroleum agreements.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Understand the international legal framework for the management of energy and of natural resources and solve some key issues of international energy law;
  • Understand the relevant legal framework for issues regarding climate and renewable energy law and explain some key concepts;
  • Explain the regulatory set-up for electricity markets from an international perspective in general and concretely from an EU and Australian perspective;
  • Analyse the special nature of an investment dispute and assess the relevant legal framework surrounding some investment protection issues;
  • Understand the relationship between resource companies and host governments and analyse issues related to and clauses in petroleum agreements.

Resource Development and Sustainable Management

Course content

This course examines the fundamentals, workings and technical components of energy and mineral resource developments in general, and their applications in the Australian and global industry. In particular, it provides an all round grounding in the technologies, concepts, methods and terminology used in mining and upstream oil and gas projects. Technical aspects
of resources development are discussed; ranging from resources and reserves classification, exploration methods, impact of geological and reservoir uncertainty on concept selection and production, and how the right combination of technology and decision making can improve project value. It will also cover key concepts and techniques for the development and implementation of environmentally benign energy and mineral resources,
and approaches for incorporating sustainable development and management.

In week two of the course students are expected to participate in a two-day field trip to a major minerals asset.
The field trip will provide students with the context to the theory learned in the classroom during week one. The field trip will include two nights’ accommodation. There is no additional cost to students.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Illustrate the differences between resources and reserves, and explain why and how resources are characterised and developed;
  • Characterise the structure and key developments of the Australian energy and mineral resources industry;
  • Understand how key concepts in economics and finance can be applied to evaluating resource projects;
  • Critically assess the major mineral and petroleum techniques, processes, methods and practices;
  • Comprehend the principles of EIA/EIS processes;

Identify and examine interactions between mineral and petroleum processes with the environment and sustainable development concepts.

Project Management for Energy and Resources

Course content

This course addresses the principles of energy and minerals project management techniques, introducing students to the range of business and organisational issues that affect projects and the tools and techniques needed to manage them. It provides
in-depth knowledge of project initiation, planning, implementation, handover and close-out. Topics will include project financial appraisal including cash flow, rate of return on investment, decision making and cost-benefit analysis. Project management techniques will include project life cycle analysis, work breakdown structures, task responsibility matrices, scheduling techniques, risk management, and monitoring and control tools. The course covers analytical tools and project management methodologies that can realistically be applied in the energy and resources sector.

Students learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Define a project, its characteristics and the role of the project manager;
  • Identify the causes of project failure and suggest ways in which these can be overcome;
  • Explain the application of the theoretical frameworks within a project environment;
  • Produce a project plan;
  • Identify their own motivations, strengths and weaknesses as members of a project team.

Nuclear Energy

Course content

This course will look at the fundamentals of electricity generation using nuclear energy. It will begin as a study of the basics of naturally occurring radioactivity, the interactions and effects on matter and of reactor designs based on these. As well as covering traditional reactor design for the generation of electricity it will look at technology under development, covering different fuels and coolants. Taking a systems view the course will then look at the full lifecycle of the nuclear industry from extraction, through processing, to decommissioning and storage strategies. This will include an appreciation of the infrastructure and social changes needed to support the industry. The use of nuclear energy will be discussed from a historical perspective; looking at how the economics, technology investment, safety and the public perception plays a part in shaping the industry; appreciating the context of a rapid changing power generation sector.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to have:

•     A basic understanding of how nuclear energy is used to generate electricity

•     An understanding of how fuel is extracted, processed and turned into fuel for nuclear reactors

•     An understanding of the major issues associated with decommissioning of nuclear energy power stations and storage of spent fuel

•     Knowledge of the global distribution of nuclear generation and how it compares to other generation methods

•     An understanding of the economics of nuclear energy. This will include some appreciation of the infrastructure needs and the social issues associated with developing a nuclear industry; including training and skills development.

•     An understanding of the safety case for nuclear energy and its relationship to public perception

•     An understanding of the likely trends in technology development in the industry

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Course content

This course addresses key concepts and methods for energy efficiency and conservation. Different opportunities for energy efficiency and conservation methods are analysed and market-based barriers, and their potential for removal, identified. The course focuses on innovations emerging from contemporary research, particularly in energy management and efficiency, reducing energy demand through appropriate pricing and the implications of energy supply-demand interaction for pathways   to a low-carbon economy. The practical implications of energy efficiency regulations, system behaviour and economics are assessed in the context of engineering constraints. Industrial systems that are examined include heat recovery, cogeneration, compressed air and steam distribution and motor systems, pumps and fans. Opportunities for reducing surface transport energy requirements are also analysed, through considering more efficient engines including hybrid vehicles, enhanced levels of
public transport and more appropriate urban design. The potential for government policy measures is assessed in the context of their anticipated impact and cost effectiveness.

Students learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Understand key concepts and methods for energy efficiency and conservation;
  • Learn energy management and control techniques;
  • Take a systems engineering approach for energy management and conservation; and
  • Understand Policy measures for energy efficiency and conservation.

International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources

Course content

This course will provide students with a general overview of the present international policy framework and geopolitical issues for energy and natural resources. The course will cover changes to the political landscape in energy and natural resources and how this has shaped the current geopolitical energy debate.

The course will focus on:

• Energy and natural resources;

• Their geographical location and its context; and

• The domestic and external policy response of energy producing and consuming countries.

The course provides students with an understanding of the themes and patterns emerging globally in this area as well as addressing some of the international issues that govern today’s geopolitical energy debate. An understanding of the choices and strategic decisions of energy importing and exporting countries of specific geographical areas will provide students with an overview of how international policy framework influence individual country strategies, as well as how geographical location of energy sources impact international policy.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Have a general understanding of what energy geopolitics is and how energy influences policy choices on a global scale;
  • Have a more focussed understanding of particular geographical regions and be able to analyse energy issues in those regions from a geopolitical perspective; 
  • Explain issues facing government energy policy such as the resource curse, energy security and energy dependence as well as linking issues to geographical examples and geopolitical concepts; 
  • Understand the relationship between energy and resources; geographical location and context; and domestic and external policy responses of energy importing and exporting countries; 
  • Grasp the geopolitics and revolution of conventional and unconventional energy sources; 
  • Understand the issues in transporting energy from one geographic location to another including geopolitical aspects of oil and gas pipeline cases;  
  • Understand the implications of climate change and how it has changed the energy and natural resources policies as well as geopolitical debate and explain specific political issues in relation to the increasing use of renewable energy sources.

Macroeconomics and Sustainability

Course content

This course provides an introduction to macroeconomics and climate system dynamics in the context of anthropological emissions of greenhouse gases. The fundamentals of macroeconomics are introduced - namely aggregate output, employment and economic growth, concentrating on how these indicators drive key policies and outcomes related to unemployment and inflation. Particular focus will be paid to the role played by the government and the central bank in formulating fiscal and monetary policy to target economic growth and stability. Furthermore, the tension between economic growth and environmental quality will be examined in detail and related to the construction of economy-environment models. 

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Explain the fundamental principles of macroeconomics;
  • Describe how the government and central bank employ fiscal and monetary policy to achieve economic stability and growth;
  • Understand the origins of the sustainability problem  and the concepts of sustainable development;
  • Critically assess the relationship between economic growth and environmental quality; and 
  • Understand contemporary issues in macroeconomics and environmental sustainability, including the role of public policy.

Political Economy of Oil and Gas

Course content

This course discusses the major international governmental and non-governmental organizations that are involved in global trade, finance, and development. Besides introducing the student to various theoretical frameworks in international political economy, the course examines the inter-relationships among political, economic and social forces through the use of industry specific case studies.

Key topics include: the political economy of world oil and gas markets: resource nationalism; international comparison of oil and gas taxation regimes: production and retail; the role of joint ventures; international oil trade; oil and gas exploration: the role of technology; oil and gas contracts and pricing regimes; the relative costs of technologies for trading in gas (LNG, CNG, pipeline, electricity, etc.); life cycle analysis of an LNG operation; natural gas, shale gas, and coal bed methane: cost structures and environmental impacts; oil and gas prices and end-use efficiency; the European gas market; econometric studies of price and income elasticities for gasoline; and alternative transport technologies and fuels.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Describe major energy-related problems confronting the international political-economic realm, the resolution of which will require political and economic cooperation among states and nations;
  • Differentiate between the energy balances of the developed and developing worlds, while demonstrating an awareness of the different social and economic problems that affect either domain;
  • Examine the ability of various inter-governmental and non-governental organisations to affect issues of global energy- related importance;
  • Identify the fundamental principles of resource assessments;
  • Explain the market structure of the global oil and gas markets;
  • Understand the role played by OPEC and other major market-distorting influences;
  • Identify the life cycle costs and emissions footprint of LNG and netback pricing;
  • Describe the potential impacts on international markets of non-conventional oil and gas reserves;
  • Understand the principles of mineral taxation in the context of oil and gas industries; and
  • Understand price-driven energy efficiency and technical innovation trends.

Financing Resource Projects

Course content

Major projects generate significant employment, investment, manufacturing and contracting opportunities and are an important contributor to economic prosperity. In addition, investment in those projects plays a major role in increasing private sector productivity. Financing is a key component of successful project delivery.  Within this industry sector, innovative solutions are needed to extend the reach of project finance to new delivery models. In light of this the main topics covered include:

  • Fundamentals and Rationale of Project Financing
  • Analysis of Project Viability and Risk Management
  • Security Arrangements and Legal Structure
  • Role of Credit Ratings and Project Evaluation
  • Ownership and Financial Structuring
  • Legal Documentation and Funding Sources.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Develop an in-depth, applied understanding of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and related financial asset pricing techniques and their issues, including risk free rate, equity premium, capital structure (debt-to-equity) planning, and other issues relating to Beta (ß).
  • Develop an understanding of principal company financial performance measurement and management including several of the more widely applied tools such as EVATM CFROI, economic profit, CVL/5D, NPV-DCF and others.
  • Understand how to develop integrated financial plans that seek to balance different (and sometimes conflicting) liquidity and performance objectives of company managers and which also take into account both near-term and longer-term funding requirements.
  • Understand company life cycle perspectives as applied to financial risk, investment and capital structure planning.
  • Understand how to develop capital financial planning schemes which seek to achieve maximum company worth whilst applying leverage that is appropriate to present circumstances and realistic prospective performance of the companies involved.
  • Examine CAPEX (capital expenditure) alternative analysis approaches including advantages and disadvantages of each, implications for company value (using discounted cash flow techniques) and cash management.

Course content

Like any other business function, stakeholder engagement needs to be managed. It should be driven by a well-defined strategy and have a clear set of objectives, timetable, budget, and allocation of responsibilities. All staff should be made aware of the program and understand why it is being undertaken and what implications it might have for project outcomes. Companies
that take a systematic approach that is grounded in business operations are likely to get better results in terms of the time and resources they invest, and are able to track and manage stakeholder issues and risks more effectively.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Identify and analyse key stakeholders
  • Determine information to be disclosed
  • Plan, design, implement and evaluate stakeholder consultation activities
  • Implement grievance management processes
  • Design stakeholder involvement initiatives for project monitoring
  • Adapt to different communication styles
  • Apply key listening and questioning skills required to build sustainable relationships, and
  • Embed best practice stakeholder engagement practice in planning, approval and decision-making processes.

Big Data Analytics in Energy and Resources Management

Course content

The future of energy and resource management will require us to use less coal, oil and gas for power and electricity generation. There are currently several major projects for changing energy sources to renewables and for decreasing usage, especially at the level of individual households. An example of a very rapidly moving area is the combination of solar photo-voltaic and wind technologies with energy storage devices that could solve the intermittency problem with renewables. This combination of technologies is projected to lead to less energy usage, especially in combination with sensors providing big data analytics (BDA) for monitoring, managing and thereby decreasing electricity usage through changing people’s behaviour, which is well known from other areas and is starting to become a reality in the management of energy. It is predicted that behavioural change is a fundamental requirement for accompanying the developing countries’ demand for increasing electricity usage. This module will prepare the students for the BDA methods available to better manage our energy and resources.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to understand:

  • BDA origin, processing and handling;
  • How BDA is used in other applications (outside energy and resource management applications;
  • How BDA is used and how it can be used in energy and resource management applications;
  • How BDA is used and how it can be used in future energy and resource management applications for changing behaviour

Water Resources Management

Course content

This course will cover the hydrologic cycle; the physical and human geography of water resources; sustainability of water resources projects, policies and strategies; the pricing of water; Water management systems and technologies; water for the energy and minerals sector; cultural, economic, social, political, organizational and institutional factors in water management; Climate change and its effect on water resources; Water resources and their role in conflicts; Water resources in developing and in developed societies, and their mutual influences.

Student learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Identify the fundamental characteristics of water as a natural resources
  • Comprehend all aspects of integrated water resource management
  • Explain the concept of external impacts of resource use and methodologies for supporting ‘the polluter pays principle’
  • Explain the design and operation of water markets
  • Identify major factors impacting on the world water resource and their wider economic and environmental ramifications
  • Describe the potential impacts on water resources arising from climate change
  • Understand the principles of managing water supply, wastewater treatment and urban infrastructure projects
  • Recognise the socio-economic factors impacting on effective water solutions;
  • Understand the governance and institutional frameworks underpinning water resource management.

Research Project A and Research Project B

Each of these courses is the equivalent study load of two taught courses.

Course content

This course will provide students the opportunity to select a research topic from a list of possible topics provided by the academic staff.  The selection of the topic will be undertaken in consultation with the academic staff.  The project topics available will address a wide range of state of the art problems in the area of energy and resources.  Study in this topic will comprise a supervised individual reading of the relevant literature and subsequent investigation in the selected area of energy and resources. Students will be introduced to research methodologies and the specific tools necessary for their selected topic. The students will write a dissertation which presents the findings obtained.  The assessment will be based on the dissertation and an oral examination.

Student learning outcomes

This course allows students enrolled in the MSc the opportunity to complete a short research project in the area of energy  and resources.  A key objective of this project is to provide students a contextualised learning environment that allows them to integrate theory and practice through the demonstration of a research project in their area of interest.

Students will be able to:

  • Produce a literature review;
  • Design a project methodology with regards to an area of interest;
  • Scientifically, technically and critically evaluate the results of their methods and analyses;
  • Draw well-informed conclusions about the issue and make recommendations as appropriate

Communicate results both via written project/report on the subject matter and by oral presentation to their project supervisor and other members of academic staff.


Please note that we are no longer accepting applications to study UCL Australia's MSc in Energy and Resources Management as of 22/02/2016. 

Please keep in touch to find out information about other new, exciting programmes which we will hope to launch in the near future. 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Our students are typically high achieving recent Honours graduates or people with substantial work experience in the energy and resources sector who are seeking to broaden their management skills.

Master's, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate programmes

Academic background

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a second class (upper division) United Kingdom Bachelor's Honours degree, an Australian Honours degree or an equivalent international qualification. The degree held should be in an appropriate discipline (e.g. engineering, information technology, economics, science, law or business).

Alternatively, an Australian Bachelor 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 Bachelors degree completed at a level of High Distinction with a Distinction in each of their final year units of study.

Course credit (application for prior learning - APL)

Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) takes account of a student’s previous study and avoids repetition of material by granting credit  for UCL courses and or all allowing variation of the programme diet for individual students.  For taught postgraduate programmes only UCL credits will be considered for APL.  Credit for external courses is not available for taught postgraduate programmes.  Specific information is available at the UCL website

International students holding a student visa are reminded that their enrolment and completion within the time of their electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) may be varied due to APL and/or credit by shortening the student's programme duration. International students having already completed a UCL programme, wishing to apply for APL or credit transfer are advised to contact Student and Registry Services at the time of enrolment as well as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at their earliest convenience to discuss this further.

For students wishing to undertake studies at UCL Australia as part of another degree programme, the following course credit will apply:

Holders of a UCL 

(a) PGCert may receive APL for up to 60 credits,
(b) PGDip may receive APL for up to 120 credits.

For students wishing to undertake studies at UCL Australia as part of another degree programme, the following course credit will apply:

University of Adelaide


24 units of credit (for course)

Specified credit
Economics of Energy, Resources and the Environment
Financing Resource Projects

Unspecified credit
Any two courses from the remaining ten available


Flinders University


Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (Policy)

Master of Public Administration (Management)

18 units (one semester) of credit in total, including:

9 units of specified credit
Project Management for Energy and Resources
Climate Change Modelling and Policy

9 units of unspecified credit
Any of the other courses


University of South Australia (UniSA)

MBA Four courses of credit towards the twelve course credit MBA Course selection will depend on which stream is chosen

English language proficiency requirements

All students with English as a second language must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written English is adequate for their chosen programme. This is to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while living and studying in Australia.

International students must satisfy UCL's English language proficiency requirements for admission. UCL's preferred English language qualifications are a Graduate Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE) in English language and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (academic version).

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to UCL Australia are as follows:

  1. the applicant's first language is English or
  2. the applicant has:

    1. an overall academic IELTS band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the subtests
    2. achieved an acceptable score in the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
    3. a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a Pass at Grade A
    4. a Pearson Test of English (Academic) with Good level – 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component 
    5. successfully completed a tertiary degree program taught in the English language in a country where English is the official or main language spoken
    6. successfully completed an English language course at the required level as approved by UCL Australia from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider.

Evidence of English language proficiency must be not more than two years old on the proposed course commencement date. If evidence of English language proficiency has not been provided at the time of application, admission will be conditional on providing this evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.

*Acceptable TOEFL: 

  • Internet based version: score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests. 

PhD programme

Academic background

To be eligible for the PhD programme you should have a specialist Master's degree in an appropriate discipline (including the UCL Australia Master's degree or other programmes (e.g. engineering, information technology, economics, geography, law or business) from an internationally recognised university.

Applicants who do not have a Master's degree, but hold a minimum of a second class (upper division) Australian or UK Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, may be accepted. 

English language proficiency requirements

Same requirements as the MSc.


Tuition Fees

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UCL Australia’s annual tuition fees cover the full cost of registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. Please note that tuition fees may be subject to change each year.

When a student accepts a place to study at UCL Australia, they assume responsibility for the payment of their tuition fees. A student must therefore have sufficient financial resources available to meet the fees, maintenance and other expenses that may be incurred throughout their programme. If a sponsor is paying fees for a student, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the Student Services Manager of their sponsor’s details. A student’s registration with UCL will be at risk if tuition fees are not paid on time.

Programme Tuition Fees for full-time study(AUD)
Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management AUD$32,250 per year
Graduate Diploma AUD$32,250 per year
PhD AUD$32,250 per year
Graduate Certificate AUD$16,125 total cost

Students who are eligible for FEE-HELP will have their fees automatically deferred and will not receive an invoice for the study period. 

Fee Help Information

Domestic Students – Australian Government Fee Assistance (FEE-HELP)

Australian citizens (and holders of permanent humanitarian visas) studying in Australia may apply for FEE-HELP, a loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. Over a student’s lifetime they may borrow through FEE-HELP an amount up to the FEE-HELP limit (AUD$96,000.00 as at 2014) to cover the cost of tuition fees. There is no interest charged on a FEE-HELP debt. However, debt is CPI indexed annually by the Australian Tax Office to maintain its real value. Income and assets do not affect eligibility for FEE-HELP. The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to the university. Students repay their loans through the Australian taxation system once their repayment income is above the minimum repayment threshold for compulsory repayment. Currently this is AUD $51,309 (2013/14). Voluntary repayments may be made at any time, regardless of income.

More information on FEE-HELP is available at the My University website

Enquiries regarding FEE-HELP can also be made to the Manager Student Services.

Monitoring your FEE-HELP account

All Commonwealth assisted students will be allocated a Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN). This number appears on the Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN), issued by the university to each student who has successfully applied for FEE-HELP within 28 days of the census date. A record of all Commonwealth Assistance Notices should be kept by the student. The CHESSN is a unique identifier that remains with the student in receipt of FEE-HELP. The CHESSN can be used to check the amount of Commonwealth assistance received since 1 January 2005, including the FEE-HELP loan balance, by accessing myUniAssist

In the past the Australian Taxation Office sent an information statement in June to all students who had incurred debts or made payments to their account in the previous 15 months. If no activity, other than indexation, has occurred, an activity statement would not be issued.   From 2013 the Australia Taxation Office will no longer be issuing the information statements however students are still able to obtain a statement anytime by calling 132861 between 8.00am  and 6.00pm Monday to Friday

FEE-HELP decision appeal process

If a student withdraws his/her enrolment in a unit of study (module) after the census date, or has not completed the requirements for a unit of study, as a result of special circumstances she/he may apply to the university to have the FEE-HELP balance re-credited. The FEE-HELP balance can only be re-credited in special circumstances.

Tuition fee payments schedules: domestic (Australian) students

Tuition fees due in any academic year must be paid prior to the start of each semester. For students enrolled full-time, the semester tuition fees are paid prior to the commencement of the relevant semester. For students enrolled part-time, they are paid in advance of each taught course undertaken.

Programme Full-time study (AUD) Part-time study (AUD)
Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management Four instalments of $16,125 prior to the start of each semester over the duration of the programme (two years). $4,031.25 in advance of each course undertaken in Year 1 (eight courses to be taken over two or four years). Two instalments of $16,125 prior to the start of each semester during the final year industry research project (research stream)
$4031.25 in advance of each course or $8,062.50 for research project A or B (four courses and two research projects) (coursework stream).
Graduate Diploma in Energy and Resources: Policy and Practice Two instalments of $16,125 prior to the start of each semester over the duration of the programme (one year). $4,031.25 in advance of each course undertaken (eight courses to be taken over two to four years).
Graduate Certificate in Energy and Resources: Policy and Practice One instalment of $16,125 prior to the start of the course. $4,031.25 in advance of each course undertaken (four courses to be taken over six months to two years).

Tuition fee payment: international students

To secure a place in a UCL Australia programme, the Australian Government requires international students to pay the first semester tuition fee of AUD$16,125, or provide evidence of financial guarantee from their sponsor.
The Australian Government also requires international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before a student visa will be issued. Essentials Overseas Student Health Cover at UCL Australia is a health insurance policy that is only available through UCL Australia and is provided by OSHC Worldcare.

Essentials OSHC provides health cover above the minimum cover required by the Australian Government. The cover includes no waiting period for pregnancy related services or for treatment of mental health related conditions.
It is important that the welfare of international students is protected. Medical costs for pregnancy and mental health services can be expensive if cover is not provided.
(The OSHC Deed provides the minimum cover requirements for OSHC and changed on 1 July 2011. As a result, the standard OSHC cover will follow the minimum requirements, which includes a 12-month waiting period for pregnancy related conditions and a two-month waiting period for mental health related conditions.)

Once these fees are paid and there are no outstanding conditions attached to the offer, international students are sent the relevant documentation in the form of the Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) by the university which is required to apply for a student visa to study in Australia.

How to pay

Tuition fees can be paid by EFT/bank transfer (preferred), credit card or cheque. Cheques must be in Australian Dollars, drawn from an Australian bank and made payable to 'University College London'.
Due to security implications, the university cannot accept cash. All credit card and EFT payments must include the reference number quoted on the invoice.

Bank transfer
ANZ Banking Group Limited
121 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Bank BSB: 015010
Account Number: 8361 07633
SWIFT Identification code: ANZBAU3M

Credit card
Credit card payments can be made online but please note that the following bank surcharges will apply:

  • Visa/MasterCard 2.2%
  • American Express 2.5%.

Withdrawal of enrolment

If you wish to withdraw from the programme you must first consult with the relevant programme tutor who will make an official application on your behalf.

More information on withdrawal of enrolment and associated fees.

Other costs

A student must have sufficient financial resources for their tuition fees as well as for other expenses they may have while living and studying in Australia. In addition to the cost of tuition, students must also be able to pay for accommodation, food, transport, healthcare, insurance and other items. For further information about these costs please visit the Education Adelaide website.

Policy on Payment and Refund of Fees


Application Procedures

UCL Australia is part of one of the foremost academic institutions in the world. Applicants for the Master of Science in Energy and Resource Management must meet UCL’s strict entry requirements and application deadlines. 

Intake periods

There are two intakes each year to the Master's programme:

• Semester 1: February

• Semester 2: July

When to apply

Applications are accepted all through the year, although there are deadlines for submission within each semester.

International students (applicants who require a student visa)

• 23 November of the year preceding admission for students starting in Semester 1 

• 15 June of that year for students starting in Semester 2 

Domestic (Australian) students (applicants who do not require a student visa)

• 31 December of the year preceding admission for students starting in Semester 1 

• 21 June of that year for students starting in Semester 2 

How to apply

Please apply using our online application process. Applicants must meet UCL’s strict entry requirements. 

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications to study UCL Australia's MSc in Energy and Resources Management as of 22/02/2016. 

Scholarships and Finance

Internal scholarships

UCL Australia offers scholarships in partnership with industry to attract highly motivated and talented students to our world-class postgraduate programmes.
International students can apply to study at UCL Australia with funding support through the following scholarship programmes.

Santos Scholarships for Master’s of Science in Energy and Resources Management

Applications are now open as of 22nd September 2015 for entry in February 2016. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2015.

Additional UCL scholarships

UCL Australia applicants are also welcome to apply for other UCL scholarships if they meet the eligibility criteria. It is important to consider applying early, as the timetable for application to, and award of, UCL scholarships is linked to the academic year in the northern hemisphere. More information.

External scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships

The Commonwealth Government of Australia provides funding for a number of scholarships aimed at strengthening human resource capacity in Australia's partner countries. The Australia Awards Scholarships (formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships) program aims to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia's partner countries and promote growth and stability. The scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia. Up to 1000 Australia Awards Scholarships are awarded equally between men and women each year across 31 countries.

Depending on the participating country and its priority areas, scholarships may be available for UCL Australia’s Master’s and/or PhD programmes.
Australia Awards Scholarships include full tuition, return economy airfares, a stipend for living expenses and basic medical insurance. Find out more about the scholarships and who is eligible for these awards.

Australia Awards Fellowships

The Australia Awards Fellowship provides scholarships with the view to developing leadership, building partnerships and links and addressing priority issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The programme has been specifically set up to attract current and future leaders from the region. 

For Master’s and PhD applicants, these awards include return economy airfares, an annual stipend, an establishment allowance, an annual study enrichment allowance and leadership training, up to a maximum of AUD$35,000. The full cost of tuition is also covered.

Applicants must include a letter of offer of admission from UCL Australia in their application. 

Specific information, including the application process, is available from the Australia Awards website.

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards

The Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme, the Endeavour Postgraduate Awards, provides opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Americas to undertake postgraduate study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake postgraduate study, research and professional development overseas.

Further information, including eligibility criteria and application procedures.

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications to study UCL Australia's MSc in Energy and Resources Management as of 22/02/2016.