This Master's of Public Administration prepares the next generation of climate and energy leaders and decision makers to tackle complex challenges, from mitigating climate change to developing sustainable and renewable energy. Graduates gain the tools, practical skills and knowledge to leverage technology and innovate climate and energy policy and gain insights from practising experts.
Modes and duration
Applicants electing to study the MPA Routes on a part-time basis must be available to study on a full-time basis for the initial term of the MPA (from the end of September to Mid-December).
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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.
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
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
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About this degree
Students are taught the conceptual frameworks, policy analysis tools and analytical methods to develop energy and climate policies. Students also study how energy and climate policies are implemented, evaluated and revised in policy cycles. A focus on leadership and the development of professional skills is emphasised throughout.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), an elective module (15 credits), and a major group project module (45 credits) of around 12,000 words.
Students undertake three core modules with students from sister MPA programmes, and a specialist module focusing on their degree topic.
- Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
- Analytical Methods for Policy
- Energy, Technology and Climate Policy
- Evidence, Institutions and Power
Students select one optional STEaPP module from the following:
- Science, Technology and Engineering Advice in Practice
- Risk Assessment and Governance
- Communicating Science for Policy
- Negotiation, Mediation and Diplomacy
- Clean Energy and Development
- Science, Research and Innovation in Policy
- Development, Technology and Innovation Policy
- Urban Innovation and Policy
- Digital Technology and Policy
Students will then also select one further 15-credit graduate module which is relevant to their degree of study. This module can be selected from any UCL department.
MPA Group Policy Project
In the group project, students work with an external client on a relevant policy challenge. With the support of STEaPP academic staff, the multidiscipinary student groups work together to produce an analysis that meets their clients' needs.
Teaching and learning
The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. Scenarios are designed to help students consolidate knowledge and develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles. During the programme, students acquire a comprehensive range of relevant skills.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £10,000 towards fees (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- Must apply for admission to MPA programme by 22 March 2019
- £10,000 towards fees (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
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 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 climate change. Career destinations might include national and local government; international agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations and other global organisations; technology companies focused on sustainable energy; government offices of energy, innovation or development; environment agencies; consultancies and think tanks.
Throughout the MPA programme, students will:
- gain a greater awareness of current issues and developments in energy and climate policy and technology
- develop an understanding of the knowledge systems underpinning successful policy-making processes
- learn how to communicate with scientists and engineers, policymakers and technology experts
- develop the skills to mobilise public policy, and science and engineering knowledge and expertise, to address societal challenges relating to energy and climate policy.
Why study this degree at UCL?
A rapidly changing energy landscape and the impacts of climate change are providing opportunities for policy strategy and leadership in almost every country and industry sector. This practical programme offers experiential learning for skills needed in energy and climate policy-making.
Students 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 nine-month major project for a real-world client. Example policy problems include renewable energy sources, carbon capture and storage, or emerging energy technologies.
Students will gain the opportunity to network with UCL STEaPP's broad range of international partners, expert staff and a diverse range of academics and professionals from across the department's MPA and doctoral programmes.
Department: Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This professional, practical degree is suitable for those who would like to master the processes underpinning energy and climate 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.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
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What are we looking for?
When assessing your application, the MPA Admissions Panel are particularly looking to understand;
- why you want to study energy, technology and climate policy at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to the programme at UCL
- how your academic and professional background and interests meet the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how the MPA fits with your career goals.