Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc
In the face of global environmental challenges, societies, businesses and policymakers alike need to rethink how we can use our natural resources sustainably. UCL's Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc investigates the circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable resource management. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to drive change and become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an appropriate subject (earth science, economics, political sciences, geography, physical sciences, law, engineering or related subject. These requirements may be relaxed for students who can demonstrate considerable and relevant aptitude and experience, for example, in business or government. Please clearly state in your personal statement how your educational or employment background (including any internships or projects) relates to the programme and what you aim to achieve through your studies.
The English language level for this programme is: Level 2
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.
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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.
About this degree
Dramatically rising and unsustainable resource use is one of the key challenges of the 21st century, with potential negative consequences such as ecosystem collapses, resource scarcities and political instability. The Sustainable Resources MSc will give you the tools to work towards more efficient, circular, equitable and sustainable resource use.
Our curriculum reflects the global, multi-dimensional nature of understanding resources. You will gain in-depth knowledge on the environmental, social and economic aspects of resource management and governance from both public policy and business perspectives learning from leading experts in the field.
You will study a combination of innovative approaches about the sustainable management of resources, including:
- Resource efficiency
- Circular Economy
- The resource nexus
- Sustainable supply chain management
Who this course is for
What this course will give you
We offer a novel interdisciplinary understanding of resources with contributions spanning economics, political science, engineering, natural sciences, business studies, and sociology.
You will study important aspects of sustainability such as resource efficiency, renewable energy but also non-renewable fuels, societal transitions (particularly in the Global South), international relations and international political economy, and eco-innovation, with discussions on environmental justice and ethics recurring throughout. All these aspects form the basis for a systemic approach to the complex elements that shape resource consumption and patterns of use. You will also gain an understanding of planetary boundaries, the role of people and governments and new approaches such as the resource nexus and the Circular Economy.
Students become members of the Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc alumni network and benefit from networking opportunities with students across cohorts.
As you student benefit from:
- A world leading, multidisciplinary learning environment
- Our long-standing established relationships with key figures in industry, policy makers and academia
- Extra-curricular events with key thinkers in the field
- Our extensive alumni network, now within many significant organisations across the globe
- Studying in London - a city full of culture, at the heart of the UK's government and industry
- An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity
The foundation of your career
On graduation you should possess a sound understanding of the key challenges surrounding sustainable resource use, supply and demand drivers and future strategies for global resource management.You should be knowledgeable about a range of methods, models and concepts including the Resource Nexus, material flow analysis, life cycle analysis, footprints, econometrics, macro-economics, policy mixes, water-energy-food modelling, behavioural economics, foresight and scenario techniques.
You will develop key skills valuable for future employment, including communication skills, teamwork, breaking down complex problems, decision-making under uncertainty, intercultural communication, working in interdisciplinary environments and awareness of the business context.
On graduation you should possess a sound understanding of the key challenges surrounding sustainable resource use, supply and demand drivers and future strategies for global resource management.
You should be knowledgeable about a range of methods, models and concepts including the Resource Nexus, material flow analysis, life cycle analysis, footprints, macro-economics, policy mixes, foresight and scenario techniques and – depending on the choice of optional modules – water-energy-food modelling and behavioural economics.
You will develop also key skills valuable for future employment, including communication skills, teamwork, breaking down complex problems, decision-making under uncertainty, intercultural communication, working in interdisciplinary environments and awareness of the business context.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project group work and presentations from visiting speakers. Assessment is through examination, assessed coursework, group work and a dissertation.
In terms 1 and 2 full time students can typically expect between 8 and 15 contact hours per teaching week. The remainder of the 37.5 full time hours should be dedicated towards self-directed study. In term 3 students should be in regular contact with their dissertation supervisors and otherwise work independently on their dissertations.
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time.
They take four core modules in term 1, followed by one core module and three optional modules in term 2. The dissertation module runs across terms 1 and 2. In term 3 students work on their dissertation.
In their first-year part time students take two modules in terms 1 and 2. In their second year they take two modules in term 1, two modules in term 2, and complete their dissertation research in term 3.
Flexible students can spread out their studies over two to five years.
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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions.
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£18,000||£9,000|
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£32,100||£16,050|
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
Students will be expected to pay their travel costs for any site visits in London. There won’t be a charge for any other field trips or site visits which may be offered as optional activities.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the programme administration team by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Funding your studies
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
Additional funding available from our Faculty is advertised on The Bartlett's scholarships page.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Deadline: 31 May 2023Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)Criteria Based on financial needEligibility: UKDeadline: 31 March 2023Value: Fees, stipend and other allowances (Duration of programme)Criteria Based on financial needEligibility: EU, OverseasDeadline: 8 June 2023Value: £15,000 (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: UKDeadline: 14 July 2023Value: £6,000 towards fees (1yr)Criteria Based on academic meritEligibility: UK, EU, Overseas
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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.
When we access your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions at graduate level
- why you want to study Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions 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.
Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.
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