UCL Graduate degrees


Global Management of Natural Resources MSc

Today more than ever, there is a growing demand for versatile managers in the globalised natural resources and commodities industries. These industries rely on the close collaboration of scientists, engineers, analysts, financiers and investors. An integrated understanding of resource genesis, development, production, supply and socio-environmental footprint is no longer desirable; it is essential.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

only full-time duration is allowed. Approximately 7 months are spent in London, United Kingdom and 5 months in Adelaide, Australia.

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)

£18,800 (FT)
£34,100 (FT)

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. Australian students will be classified as Overseas for fee purposes. Students will need funds to cover the cost of travel between UCL and UniSA and for field trips.

Fee deposit: All full-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.

Location: London, Bloomsbury and Adelaide, Mawson Lakes

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline – preferably engineering, Earth sciences, chemistry or finance/business - from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant work experience may be taken into account.

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.

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About this degree

Students will be well versed in subsurface and surface energy and mineral industries. They will be an effective communicator, develop an understanding of geology and engineering, be aware of their socioeconomic responsibilities, will be able to operate within international constraints on opportunities and will have strong managerial skills. They will have insight into the technical complexity of the challenges faced.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits)

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources.

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

This programme consists of 6 compulsory modules, 2 optional modules plus the research project; please refer to the module catalogue website for details on the content.

  • Natural Gas Processing (CENG0034)
  • Minerals Usage, Extraction and Processing (CENG0035)
  • Prevention and Remediation of Environmental Contamination (CENG0036)
  • Earth Resources and Sustainability (GEOL0025)
  • Decision and Risk Analysis (MSIN0071)
  • Social Licensing (CENG0047)

Optional modules

This degree has one optional module in each term. Term one consists of either Geology for Global Managers and Engineers (GEOL0034) or Renewable Energy in the Resources Sector (CENG0059), and term two consists of either Business and Sustainability (BENV0009) or Integrated Hydrogeology and Sustainable Water Management (CENG0060).

  • Business and Sustainability (BENV0009)
  • Renewable Energy in the Resources Sector (CENG0059)
  • Integrated Hydrogeology and Sustainable Water Management (CENG0060)
  • Geology for Global Managers and Engineers (GEOL0034)


All students undertake a dissertation of 6,000 words based on an individual research project, research poster presentation, field trip and executive summary, which will all take place in Australia.


Fieldwork will include a 4-5 day trip to Dorset in the reading week of the first term (early November); a 3 day trip to Finland to visit the Olkiluoto nuclear respository in February; a 2 day trip to mining sites in South Australia, plus shorter trips to be decided upon on a yearly basis.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, site visits, independent reading and research as well as online material. Some of the modules taught in London will be co-taught by experts at UniSA via remote teaching methods, and one module as well as the research project will be taught and conducted in Australia.

Assessment is by examination, coursework, process design, oral presentation, online quizzing, reports and writing executive summaries, with some components involving group work.

Additional costs

Approximately 5 months to be spent in Australia will incur some additional costs:Flights to and from Australia (~ £600 +)Overseas healthcare costs in Australia (~ £200)Australian student visa cost (~ £350).Addional costs associated with applying for visas in Australia. This may include healthcare evaluations, new IELTS tests for tests older than 2 years and variable visa application costs ( ~ £400 in 18/19).You would be expected to pay for your living costs and accommodation in Adelaide. These would be less than the equivalent costs in London. Any additional costs related to field trips (other than food and personal equipment such as walking boots, appropriate outdoor clothing, pens and pencils etc.) will be met separately by the Department.

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.


Financial assistance

For those who who have applied (with completed references) by the 31st May 2021:

  • up to five studentships of up to £ 6,000 based on merit;
  • up to ten bursaries of £ 2,000 based on demonstrable financial need.

We will contact you to apply for these funds after the cut-off date. 

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


The Global Management of Natural Resources MSc will prepare graduates for highly skilled, multidisciplinary managerial jobs in the natural resources sector. Recent university graduates will gain a global perspective on the natural resources sector. Mid-career professionals already employed will expand their range of expertise.

Our graduates will also be equipped for further postgraduate research in relevant disciplines.


Successful graduates will have wide knowledge of the energy and natural resources industries, have strong managerial and communication skills, be aware and respectful of social responsibilities, and operate within national and international constraints.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings and in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) UCL was the top-rated UK university for research strength.

The MSc developed out of the European-funded research project ShaleXenvironmenT (in which UCL was an academic partner). There is an increasing demand for managerial professionals with enhanced industry knowledge in existing and developing natural resources fields.

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for interdisciplinary research with the ability to offer industry facing or focused opportunities in science and engineering.

Our programme aims to produce global citizens and offers networking opportunities in London and Adelaide. We offer career advice throughout the programme and foster transferable skills through our multidisciplinary environment.

The programme includes a field trip to explore sedimentary formations similar to shale plays in the UK, and a visit to Olkiluoto nuclear waste repository in Finland. There are further field trips to mine sites and processing facilities in South Australia. 

Department: Chemical Engineering

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 graduates in chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemistry, Earth sciences, geology, environmental sciences, petroleum engineering, mining and allied fields.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

The deadline for references and additional documents (but not exam results) is the 15th July 2021.

This course spends the first two terms in London; the third term, from the week after Easter until September, are spent in Australia. 

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 Global Management of Natural Resources at graduate level
  • why you want to study Global Management of Natural Resources at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this transcontinental 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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