UCL Graduate degrees


Sustainable Energy Systems MSc

Offered in a dual-hemisphere mode this unique programme gives you the opportunity to study in both the UK and in Australia whist providing different perspectives on the global energy sector. By taking an industry focused, multidisciplinary, systems approach we prepare you for pivotal roles to shape the future of the energy sector.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 18 months

Sept 2019 to April 2020 will be spent at UCL in London, UK, April 2020 to March 2021 will be spent at UniSA in Adelaide, South Australia

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 6 June 2018
Close: 26 July 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: See Fees Note (FT)
Overseas: See Fees Note (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. The fees for this programme are set in AUD and payable to UniSA.

Location: London, Bloomsbury and Adelaide, Mawson Lakes

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelors Honours degree or an equivalent international qualification. The degree should be held in an appropriate discipline (e.g. engineering, computer science, information technology, economics, science, law or business).

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.

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

This 18-month programme is designed to provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of contemporary theory and practice in the sustainable management of the global energy industry. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 240 UCL Credits (72 UniSa Units)

The programme consists of 10 core modules (150 UCL credits/45 UniSA units), and two research projects (90 UCL credits/27 UniSA units).

Students take 10 taught modules (1-10 in the list below) which are each 15 UCL credit units (4.5 UniSA units), the first 6 of these are taken in London.

The remaining 4 taught units and the research project component are delivered in Adelaide.

Research Project 1 is  30 UCL credit units (9 UniSA units)

Research Project 2 is  60 UCL credit units (18 UniSA units)

  • Renewable Energy*
  • Law for Energy and Resources*
  • Research Methods - Qualitative*
  • Resource Development and Sustainable Management*
  • International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy*
  • Research Methods - Quantitative*
  • Social License to Operate
  • Energy Management and Conservation
  • Project Management and Financing Resource Projects
  • Economics of Energy
  • Research Project 1
  • Research Project 2

*modules marked with an asterisk are taken in London.

Teaching and learning

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.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

Now closed for 2019/20
£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.


You’ll graduate with a broad understanding of energy systems, and how they can be developed to meet growing global demand in a long-term sustainable way. This will put you in a position to create systems that deliver reliable, sustainable energy.

Students on the previous version of this degree have found careers in energy modelling, energy consultancy, project management, business development in both industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Why study this degree at UCL?

With demand for energy on the rise, new disruptive technologies, potential resource supply issues and the need to move to a low carbon future, it is critically important to re-evaluate our current energy systems and move to more efficient and sustainable models.

In order to do this, it is important to take a systems view of energy and view these systems from many different perspectives. As part of this qualification, you'll build on your knowledge of the energy sector and come to understand energy systems from several perspectives including – social, economic, political, legal, technical and scientific.

Department: Chemical Engineering

Application and next steps


Applications are processed by UniSA. Please note you are not required to submit an application to UCL for this programme. Citizens of countries other than Australia and New Zealand please apply via the blue Apply now button below.
Australian and New Zealand citizens please apply here.

Application deadlines

All applicants
26 July 2019

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 Sustainable Energy Systems at graduate level
  • why you want to study Sustainable Energy Systems at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic, professional and personal background meets the demands of this 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.

Contact information

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