Energy, Technology and Public Policy MPA

London, Bloomsbury

This Master's of Public Administration prepares the next generation of energy technology leaders and decision makers to tackle complex challenges, from governing energy systems to developing sustainable and renewable energy policy options. Graduates gain the tools, practical skills and knowledge to leverage technology and innovation in energy policy and gain insights from practising experts. The degree is a collaboration between UCL STEaPP and the UCL Energy Institute.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£22,200
£11,100
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are encouraged (but are not required) to have work experience prior to enrolling on this programme.

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Energy tops the agenda across company boardrooms, policy circles, multilaterals, and non-governmental organisations, from security of supply to its role in creating a carbon-free world. Its availability and access has a profound impact on human wellbeing, technological innovation and economic growth. The energy landscape, is changing rapidly, creating new opportunities for professionals with the expertise, knowledge and analytical tools to tackle the complex global issues we face. Besides relying on evidence about energy technologies, energy policy uses evidence from environmental economics and energy modelling.

This MPA provides professionals with the tools, mental models and skills to creatively tackle energy, technology and public policy and foster vibrant, sustainable, profitable and inclusive economies.

The MPA tackles key questions for energy policy makers, such as:

  • How can energy technology help us mitigate climate change?
  • How do we calculate and weigh the costs of climate mitigation versus climate adaptation?
  • How do we model and manage the risks and uncertainties around changes to energy systems?
  • What action should be taken in the face of the increasing need for renewable energy?
  • How can we support the integration of new energy technologies?

Who this course is for

This professional, practical degree is suitable for those who would like to master the processes underpinning energy technology policy; or those with a background in science/technology/engineering who wish to apply their knowledge to working with policy. No technical background is required, but students should be willing to engage with ideas from science and engineering as well as economics and modelling.

What this course will give you

This practical programme offers experiential learning for skills needed in energy technology policymaking. MPA candidates undertake a week-long scenario activity on the policy-making process where they engage with external experts and UCL academics. Students go on to undertake a major project for a real-world client. Example policy problems include renewable energy sources, or emerging energy technologies and energy access in low income countries.

Students have the opportunity to network with UCL STEaPP's broad range of international partners, expert faculty and a diverse range of academics and professionals from across the department's MPA and doctoral programmes.

The foundation of your career

Graduates of this Master's of Public Administration acquire skills to work in a range of sectors involved in analysis and/or policy-making concerning energy and related technological innovation. Career destinations might include national and local government; international agencies such as the World Bank, International Energy Agency and other global organisations; technology companies focused on sustainable energy; government ministries of energy, innovation or development; environmental agencies; consultancies and think tanks.

Employability

Through the programme, students will gain a greater awareness of current issues and developments in innovation, science, technology and engineering while developing a greater awareness of the knowledge systems underpinning successful policy-making processes.

Teaching and learning

The MPA is highly interdisciplinary and brings together students from a range of backgrounds to tackle complex policy challenges. The teaching approach provided by STEaPP is both experiential and applied, focusing on developing your skills and responsibility for building justice and equity in your chosen domain. The MPA programmes are professional degrees, that will allow you to build not only competencies and knowledge but networks that will be of tremendous value throughout your career.   

The programmes combine practice-oriented classroom teaching methods with scenario-based learning, enabling you to engage with real-world policy challenges that matter to you personally. These scenarios and simulations are designed to help you consolidate your knowledge, develop essential practical skills and test your understanding of principles – preparing you to be an influential policy actor.   

You will be assessed primarily through a series of problem-oriented projects (including both presentational components and submitted materials), complemented by short written assignments, scenarios and simulations. Your final project will include a longer written report, often for or with a professional partner organisation. 

Modules

Full-time

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), an elective module (15 credits), and a major project module (60 credits) with a real-world partner. 

Students undertake six core modules through UCL STEaPP and can choose to follow either the environmental economics pathway or the energy modelling and innovation pathway with the UCL Energy Institute’s MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and Environment. 

Term one (60 credits) 

  • Public Administration (Compulsory module, 15 credits). 
  • Policy making (Compulsory module, 15 credits). 
  • Evidence for decision-making (Compulsory module, 15 credits). 
  • A choice of a compulsory module, 15 credits, either: 
    • Introduction to Modelling Methods and Scenarios; or 
    • Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE) 

Term 2 (60 credits) 

  • Analytic Methods for Policy (Compulsory module, 15 credits). 
  • Knowledge & Governance (Compulsory module, 15 credits). 
  • A choice of compulsory module, 15 credits, either: 
    • Advanced Environmental Economics (only if ERE taken in Term 1); or 
    • Energy Technology Innovation 
  • Elective from STEaPP or BSEER 

Term 3 and summer 

  • Group Project / Individual Project (Compulsory module, 60 Credits)
Part-time

The part-time version of the MPA follows the same structure as the full-time but with credits of study in each year.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MPA in Energy, Technology and Public Policy.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £22,200 £11,100
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

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

Additional costs

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

Funding your studies

None None

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

Next steps

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 Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Energy, Technology and Public Policy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Energy, Technology and Public Policy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021