Chemical Engineering




MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources

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, and the Future Industries Institute at UniSA, and designed with significant input from industry.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year

only full-time duration is allowed

Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018
Scholarship applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 15 May 2017
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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).

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
Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


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

Teaching and Learning

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

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Global Management of Natural Resources MSc


Financial assistance

For those who apply by March 15th:

  • five studentships of £6,000 each are available based on merit;
  • ten bursaries of £2,000 each are available based on demonstrated financial need.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary
£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL 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 has developed 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 one of Australia’s leading universities for interdisciplinary research.

Our programme aims to produce global citizens and offers networking opportunities in London and Adelaide. We offer career advice throughout the programme and foster transferable skills through our multidisciplinary environment.

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

Department: Chemical Engineering

Student / staff ratios › 31 staff including 42 postdocs › 44 taught students › 78 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemical Engineering
90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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