UCL Module Catalogue


Sustainable Energy (BASC0028)

Key information

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Teaching department
Arts and Sciences BASc
Credit value

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


The Sustainable Energy module will discuss the drivers of energy services, the challenges associated with satisfying the rising energy demand, the trade-offs in energy policy aiming to provide secure, affordable, and environmentally benign energy carriers, and the important role of analytical tools for shaping energy policy.

Students will leave this module with a clear understanding of the paramount significance of reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable supply of energy to modern societies and how these requirements trade within an interlinked energy system. In addition, they will understand how an interdisciplinary focus can deliver key insights into a critical science and engineering challenge. They will also learn the need to appreciate all aspects of energy issues; that quantitative science and engineering-based analysis must be considered in the context of societal, economic and political considerations. Students will become familiar with energy modelling and analysis, and how quantification and analytical rigour is critical for engagement between disciplines.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 5)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Methods of assessment
25% Project 2 (2,000 words plus 5 minute group presentation)
60% Unseen three hour written examination
15% Project 1 (1,000 words plus 5 minute group presentation)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

The methods of assessment for affiliate students may be different to those indicated above. Please contact the department for more information.

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
Module leader
Professor Andreas Schafer
Who to contact for more information

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.