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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£19,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc

This new MSc is unique in the UK in focussing on five core areas which have risen rapidly up the public agenda – environment, climate and energy economics, modelling and policy – and for which there is a need for highly qualified practitioners with the skills to analyse the issues and relate the results to policy.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will reach a deep understanding of different economic and policy approaches to the resource and environmental problems facing the global community and nation states, especially in respect to energy and climate change. They will learn how to apply a range of analytical methods to resolve these problems in a broad range of practical contexts.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

This programme will be delivered by the UCL Energy Institute which is gaining an increasing profile and reputation in this area.

There is a definite need for quantitative, practical environment and resource economists who understand policy. The appeal of this MSc is two-fold: it offers those with quantitative first degrees the chance to acquire high-level, energy-environment-economy modelling skills, but in relaxing the level of mathematical skills required, it is also ideal for those with largely non-quantitative first degrees also.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 3–5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Evidence, Policy Asssessment and Environmental Law
  • Modelling, Methods and Scenarios
  • Political Economy of Energy Policy
  • Research Concepts and Methods


  • Choose any three of the following:
  • Advanced Energy-Environment-Economy Modelling
  • Business and Sustainability Energy, People and Behaviour
  • Energy, Technology and Innovation
  • UK Energy and Environment Policy and Law
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work. Assessment is through examination, coursework and by dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (economics, economics-plus, a science or engineering subject) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. A second-class degree may, however, be considered provided that some aptitude, e.g. at A level, has been demonstrated for quantitative analysis. These requirements may be relaxed for mature students who can demonstrate aptitude and experience in business, government, etc.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for modular/flexible programmes is 6 September 2013. If you require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, then you are not eligible to apply or be made a offer of a place on a programme as a part-time (modular flexible) student. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

  • Economics graduates and those with a strong minor in economics or business
  • Science and engineering graduates who want to make an interdisciplinary career in this expanding field
  • Those with largely non-quantitative degrees who want to develop quantitative skills and work in a more policy-related way

    What are we looking for?

    When we assess your application we would like to learn:

    • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment
    • why you want to study Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment at graduate level
    • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the UCL Energy Institute
    • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
    Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate why you are suited to this programme.


This Master’s will equip graduates or existing professionals with skills in areas that employers in a wide range of sectors (e.g. business, national and local government, NGOs and international agencies concerned with economy-resource-environment interactions) are looking for. It could also provide the foundation for those who want to continue with their studies at PhD level.

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