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Energy and Resources Management MSc

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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 3-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)


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. Applications for the graduate programmes are recieved via the online form which is available here
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.

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.

Please go to www.immi.gov.au for more information.

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 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

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)


  • 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


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.

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.


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

Department: UCL Australia

Degree reviews

Staff review

"My main area of research is about developing better ways of monitoring and managing the impacts of energy and resources developments in the sea. The reason I was attracted to UCL initially was the strong support for my research and the opportunity to bring my industrial experience back to an academic setting. Those expectations have been met, but now I've found the best part has been the strong multi-disciplinary culture of UCL. I'm constantly (and very pleasantly) surprised by the interest shown by UCL colleagues from vastly different areas in exploring the potential for collaborative research and teaching opportunities."

Dr Craig Styan

Energy and Resources Management MSc, Energy and Resources PhD
Senior Lecturer in Energy and Resource Management

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

We accept applications throughout the year for the two entry dates of late February and mid July. Applications for the graduate programmes are recieved via the online form which is available here

For more information see our Applications page.

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