Energy and Resources Management MSc

Taught at UCL Australia, this two-year multidisciplinary programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary theory and practice in the sustainable management of energy and natural resources. Uniquely, the programme is a degree of UCL and also meets the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£32,250 (FT)
£32,250 (FT)

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
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

A minimum of a upper second-class UK or Australian Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, engineering, economics, science, law or business) or an equivalent qualification. Alternatively, an Australian undergraduate degree plus at least five years' work experience in a relevant industry or government sector (for example, energy and resource companies, policy organisations, regulatory bodies). Equivalent international qualifications are also acceptable.

Part-time study is not available for students who are not Australian citizens/residents. Please go to 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.

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


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 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?

UCL Australia, is the first UCL campus outside of the UK, and is located in state-of-the-art refurbished facilities in the centre of Adelaide, South Australia's capital city.

Students and business partners of UCL Australia are able to access the full breadth of UCL's immense expertise in energy and resources-related issues, while South Australia provides excellent opportunities to explore energy and resources issues in context.

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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