Arts and Sciences BASc 3 years

The three-year programme of core courses, major and minor pathway and internship.


Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc 4 years

The three-year programme plus an additional year abroad.



BASC2072 Energy Systems

Andreas Schäfer and other staff from the UCL Energy Institute
Most suitable for:
Sciences and Engineering or Societies pathways
Mode of assessment:
60% exam; 20% Dissertation from individual project; 20% presentations and multimedia outputs from group projects
For Affiliate students taking BASC2072A:
60% essay, 15% coursework project 1 and 25% from coursework project 2
Term 1 of Year 2
Lectures: 1-2pm on Mondays and Thursdays
Seminar: 9-10am on Mondays or 4-5pm on Fridays

This BASc interdisciplinary module on Energy Systems will discuss the drivers of energy services, the scope and challenges associated with satisfying the rising energy demand, the key concepts in the science of energy and potential technological supply options, the trade-offs in energy policy aiming to provide secure, affordable, and environmentally benign energy carriers, and the important role of analytical tools for shaping energy policy. 

Students will leave this module with a clear understanding of the paramount significance of reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable supply of energy to modern societies and how these requirements trade within an interlinked energy system.

In addition, they will understand how an interdisciplinary focus can deliver key insights into a critical science and engineering challenge. They will also learn the need to appreciate all aspects of energy issues; that quantitative science and engineering-based analysis must be considered in the context of societal, economic and political considerations.

Students will become familiar with energy modelling and analysis, and how quantification and analytical rigour is critical for engagement between disciplines.