UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Five years of the Global Management of Natural Resources MSc programme

22 October 2021

This autumn the MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources has seen its fifth cohort of students complete their studies in the programme.

Group image of MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources students and staff by the UCL Portico

Group image of MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources students and staff in a restaurant
To celebrate the anniversary, the programme held an online and face to face gathering organised by Dr Sudeshna Basu on the 10th September. Many former students participated in the activities and their successes were celebrated over many hours of conversations that followed.  

This innovate interdisciplinary programme was developed and launched in 2016 by Professor Alberto Striolo (UCL Chemical Engineering); Professor Adrian Jones (UCL Earth Sciences) and Dr Craig Styan (UCL and the University of South Australia), bringing together the best of both institutions alongside industry to deliver a truly unique one year offering. 

Students on the programme are given a grounding in the science and engineering that underpins much of the activity within the natural resources sector. This is combined with a overview of the environmental, social, business and management aspects of these industries. Research projects are undertaken in collaboration with the University of South Australia, providing students with direct access to many of the issues we face today in these industries. 

The programme has grown from 11 students in 2016 to 42 students in 2021, and has graduated more than 130 students in total up to this year. The diverse toolkit graduates have developed has gone on to underpin a range of successful careers across the breadth of industry and academia. 

As the programme has matured it has also flourished, and the range of options and routes through the scheme have increased to broaden the appeal of the offering. It is well placed to help the graduates of tomorrow tackle many of the sustainable development goals we face as a society. 

We hope the next five years are just as exciting as the first five!


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