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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Important adjustment:

Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 crisis, the Global Management of Natural Resources MSc programme will not offer optional modules in 2020/21. In Term 1, Geology for Global Managers and Engineers will run as a core module, and in Term 2, Business and Sustainability will run as a core module. Please see the department study page for further details.

Programme starts

September 2020

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: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£16,910 (FT)
£31,270 (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. 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

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 eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

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

Covid-19 study abroad updates
For this academic year, if you were due to study abroad, you should have been contacted by your department with more information. Further guidance can be found on FAQs for 20/21 Study Abroad students about coronavirus (COVID-19).    If you are planning to study abroad in 2021/22, UCL and your department will be in contact with you at the start of the upcoming academic year with information on the application process.      If you plan to study abroad in future years, UCL and your department will provide relevant information and guidance nearer to the time.   

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 8 core compulsory modules plus 4 modules attributed to 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)
  • Geology for Global Managers and Engineers (GEOL0034)
  • Prevention and Remediation of Environmental Contamination (CENG0036)
  • Earth Resources and Sustainability (GEOL0025)
  • Business and Sustainability (BENV0009)
  • Decision and Risk Analysis (MSIN0071)
  • Social Licensing (CENG0047)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study.  We have included these updates below:   Geology for Global Managers and Engineers (GEOL0034) will run in Term 1, Business and Sustainability (BENV0009) will run in Term 2 and Social Licensing (CENG0047) will run in Term 3. Optional modules for Term 1: Earth Resources and Sustainability (GEOL0025) (T1) and Research Proposal (GEOL0038), and for Term 2: Project Management for Engineers (MSIN0179). These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.  


All students undertake a dissertation of 6 000 words based on an individual research project, field trip and executive summary. There will also be an oral viva, to be conducted in Australia at the end of the research project.


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.

Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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)
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).

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. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Financial assistance

For those who apply by the 31st May 2020:

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
£15,000 (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.


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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.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
11 August 2020

The deadline for references and additional documents (but not exam results) is the 31st May 2020 at 5pm.

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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