UCL Graduate degrees


Energy Systems and Data Analytics MSc

Energy Systems and Data Analytics MSc provides an academically leading and industrially relevant study of energy systems through the lens of data analytics. Advanced analytics, fuelled by big data and massive computational power, has the potential to transform how energy systems are designed, operated and maintained. You will gain the skills and knowledge to unlock the transformative potential of big energy data, and understand how it can reshape the energy sector.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Part-time and flexible students normally attend half this amount. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£16,000 (FT)
£8,000 (PT)
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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.

Select your country:

About this degree

You will gain a broad understanding of energy systems as a whole, covering supply and demand, the interconnectedness and dependencies between different sectors and a multi-vector multi-sector approach to analysis. You will learn about the theory and practice of data analysis, deploying machine learning and statistics and will gain practical experience of the challenges of working with different data sets relating to energy throughout the programme and modules. 

For the Master of Science (MSc), students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. For the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip), students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The Master of Science (MSc) programme consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) programme consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits) and two optional modules (45 credits). Full-time PG Dip study is nine months.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) programme consists of two compulsory modules (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits). Part-time PG Cert study is nine months.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Energy Systems and Data Analytics. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Energy Systems and Data Analytics. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Energy Systems and Data Analytics.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Energy Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Energy Systems (15 credits)
  • Spatial Analysis of Energy Data (15 credits)
  • Statistics for Energy Analysis (15 credits)
  • Energy Analytics in the Built Environment (15 credits)
  • Energy and Transport Analytics (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • UK Energy and environment Policy and Law (15 credits)
  • Energy, Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
  • Systems Thinking and System Dynamics (15 credits)
  • Econometrics of Energy Markets (15 credits)

Optional modules are subject to availability.


All Master of Science (MSc) students undertake an independent research project whch culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, problem-based learning and project work. Assessment is through a combination of methods including problem sets, individual assignments and coursework, group-based data analysis assignments with a report and presentation, unseen examinations and a dissertation.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the programme administration team by emailing bseer-studentqueries@ucl.ac.uk.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Additional funding available from our Institute and Faculty is advertised on UCL Energy Institute’s scholarships page and The Bartlett’s scholarships page.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Master's

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Based on financial need

Lamport Hall Preservation Trust Scholarship

Deadline: 16 July 2021
Up to £10,000 (Duration of programme)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

GREAT Scholarships for a Sustainable Future

Deadline: 5pm (BST), Thursday 21 April 2021
£10,000 (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates will be ideally placed to gain employment as energy analysts/data scientists in consultancies, utilities, innovative start-ups and government institutions which value expertise in energy systems and have a need for data literate analysts.

Graduates from our first cohort in 2019 gained employment in a number of different sectors from large scale consultancies like Deloitte to innovative energy startups like Limejump, Statera and Kiwi Power. Two of our students went on to found companies: Modo Energy, an Energy Data Science company; and Treebeard Technologies, a digital technologies company. 


There is a strong emphasis placed on innovation throughout the programme. Students will also benefit from a skill set in data analytics that will be highly transferable and applicable across a range of industries and domains.

The programme has been developed with input from industry leaders. You will gain exposure to real life energy and sustainability challenges.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc in Energy Systems and Data Analytics is the first programme in the UK to combine the study of energy systems with data science. The MSc is delivered by leading researchers in the UCL Energy Institute and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. You will benefit from their specific expertise, research communities and industry contacts (including guest lecturers drawn from the energy industry), as well as our multidisciplinary and cross-domain approach.

The UCL Energy Institute has consulted across industry to identify key skills gaps for the energy analysts that will be required by utilities, consultancies and small and medium enterprises. There is an established need in industry for graduates who combine an understanding of energy systems with the skills and abilities to extract insights from data through the use of advanced analytics.

We are part of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources – home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage. The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

The QS World University Rankings (2021) ranks The Bartlett, our faculty, as #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #2 in the World. The Bartlett’s research received the most world-leading ratings for research on the Built Environment in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for:

  • Those with a quantitative background who have an interest in energy and are motivated by the use of data science to solve sustainability problems
  • Those with an energy background who are interested in data science
  • Early and mid-career energy professionals looking to expand their data skills and domain knowledge.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study this programme at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme might meet your goals.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

Page last modified on 28 August 2021