UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

UCL ISR has an outstanding project portfolio. How much practical experience will this course offer in terms of research projects with or for organisations or interactions with such organisations?

The programme is research-focused and will incorporate ISR and UCL-Energy research wherever possible. All of the course lecturers are very active researchers within the School. We have lined up a number of visiting lecturers from a range of international organisations such as the World Bank and Rio Tinto to contribute to the course, and we will also encourage students to undertake dissertations in conjunction with these organisations. We also have close links with policy makers in places such as DEFRA.

What is the student profile you expect the Sustainable Resources MSc to have in its first year? I have worked in the energy sector for over 12 years and am trying to gauge whether my profile is a match.

It’s very difficult to predict what the student profile will look like! We are looking for numerate students but otherwise are most interested in why students want to take the course. I hope we’ll have some new graduates and some more experienced people such as you from industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.

What do you expect the possible career paths to be and is there any assistance offered to the alumni?

We will organise a careers event targeted at this course, and we will also try to help interested employers in this area to identify suitable graduates in the course. We will set up an alumni network for all graduates, which will not help the first cohort but should provide longer-term opportunities. In addition, the UCL careers office provides career support to all graduates.

What are the academic requirements to apply for the Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc?

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an appropriate subject (earth science, economics, political sciences, geography, physical sciences, law, engineering or related subject).

I am a self-funded student - how much will I have to pay?

For information on fees and funding, please visit the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Do I need to provide the results from an English test when I apply?

No - you can do this during or post-admission. For more information, please see English Language Requirements. Please note the Bartlett requires a 'standard' level of English.  

How long does it take to complete the Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc and can I study part-time?

The programme takes one year if taken full-time and from two to five years if taken on a modular/flexible basis.  

What is modular/flexible study?

If you choose to complete the Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc on a modular/flexible basis you can select which taught modules to complete from those running each term.

Each taught module runs once a week for 10 weeks during Term 1 or Term 2.

Once you have completed all your taught modules you can take the Dissertation.

Due to UK Study Visa restrictions modular/flexible Study is only available to UK/EU students or international students who do not require a Tier 4 visa.

Modular/Flexible fees are pro-rata to the full-time Masters fee.

Who do I contact about my application? 

For formal applications to UCL - receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you have waited longer than 5 weeks for your acknowledgement, please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381. 

For any other queries please contact the Programme Administrator at bseer-studentqueries@ucl.ac.uk