UCL Graduate degrees


Energy, Technology and Public Policy MPA

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Part-time students will typically be required to attend on two half days per week in term time (4-6hrs per week). The timings of the sessions will be dependant on the MPA route followed by the student.

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)

£21,600 (FT)
£10,800 (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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

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.

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About this degree

Candidates are taught economic or modelling techniques, policy analysis tools and analytical methods to develop energy technology policies. Candidates also study how energy innovation policies are developed, evaluated and administered in policy practice. 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 seven core modules (105 credits), an elective module (15 credits), and a major project module (60 credits) with a real-world partner. 

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MPA in Energy, Technology and Public Policy.

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

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.

  • Public Administration
  • Policy Making
  • Evidence for Decision Making
  • Analytical Methods for Policy
  • Knowledge and Governance
  • Final Project (joint with the UCL Energy Institute)
  • Environmental and Resource Economics AND
  • Advanced Environmental Economics OR
  • Introduction to Modelling Methods and Scenarios AND
  • Energy Technology and Innovation

Optional modules

Students select one optional STEaPP module from the following: 

  • Risk Assessment and Governance
  • Clean Energy and Development
  • Science Funding and Governance
  • Development, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Urban Innovation and Policy
  • Emerging Dilemmas in Digital Technology Policy
  • Gender and Technology
  • Subject to availability and dependent on pathway from UCL Energy Institute:
  • Energy, People and Behaviour
  • UK Energy and Environment Policy and Law
  • Business and Sustainability
  • Energy Modelling and Innovation pathway:
  • Advanced energy-environment-economy modelling
  • Environmental Economics pathway:
  • Econometrics for energy and the environment
  • Behavioural Economics and Game Theory for the Environment
  • Energy, Environment and Resouces in Developing Countries

MPA Group Policy Project

In the group project, MPA candidates work with an external client on a relevant policy challenge – including, where relevant, their own organisation. With the support of STEaPP and Energy Institute academic staff, the MPA candidates work on a final project normally in a group, to produce an analysis that meets their clients' needs. 

Teaching and learning

The programme combines innovative teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling MPA candidates to engage with real-world policy challenges with real insight. Scenarios are designed to help candidates consolidate knowledge and develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles. During the programme, MPA candidates will acquire a comprehensive range of relevant policy skills. 

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.


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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 related technology 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; environment agencies; consultancies and think tanks.


Throughout the MPA programme, students will: 

  • gain a greater awareness of current issues and developments in energy policy and technology 
  • develop an understanding of the economics or modelling underpinning successful policy-making processes 
  • learn how to communicate persuasively with scientists and engineers, policymakers and technology innovation experts 
  • develop the skills to mobilise public policy, and science and engineering knowledge and expertise, to address societal challenges relating to energy policy. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

A rapidly changing energy landscape and emerging technologies from hydrogen to fusion 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 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. 

MPA candidates 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 two of UCL’s department's 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.

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 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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.

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