MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy

Duration: One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part-time).

Minimum Entry Requirements: A minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Candidates with a lower class degree but degree-relevant work experience may be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The use of energy – electricity generation, transportation, heating/cooling and industrial consumption – is the most important driver of climate change by far. Effectively addressing this urgent global challenge, therefore, requires transformational changes in the ways we produce, consume and govern energy. More than two decades of political contestation have shown that a supportive policy environment – meaningful and consistent domestic laws and regulation underpinned by ambitious international treaties – is the only way to affect these changes, develop alternatives to emissions-intensive fossil fuels and transition economies around the world onto a secure, low-carbon and climate-friendly footing.

The MSc addresses precisely these issues, treating climate and energy policy as inextricably linked. Cases drawn from both the Global North and South will form the basis of your studies as you examine how policy is made, advocated and implemented – or sometimes prevented – around the world. You will acquire theoretical knowledge of climate and energy policies as well as practical skills in risk analysis, policy analysis and strategic advocacy. The MSc is rounded out by negotiation and media training and a week-long study tour to key institutions in the energy and climate policy space in Brussels and Paris, such as the European Commission, various energy lobby groups, and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The knowledge you gain on the MSc could lead you to high level academic or professional engagement in the public, private or non-profit sectors, including in public administration, international organisations, corporations, think tanks, public affairs & advocacy or any number of other areas where climate and energy policies are shaped.

The programme draws on the teaching and research strengths of CISD and of the SOAS departments of International Politics, Law, Economics and area studies (especially of Asia, Africa and the Middle East) as well as a wide range of languages. In particular, students will be able to benefit from the expertise located at the Centre for Environment, Development and Policy (CEDEP), the Law School's Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC), the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security (CEPES), the Centre for Water and Development, and the SOAS Food Studies Centre.


Students take taught modules to the value of 4 full units plus 15,000-word dissertation (15PFFC989 60 Credits)

  • Two 30 credit modules and one 15 credit module from A (compulsory)
  • Three 15 credit modules (or one 30 credit module and one 15 credit module) from B or C
  • Dissertation (compulsory) on a topic related to the programme’s core themes

A). Global Energy and Climate Policy modules

  • Applied Energy and Climate Studies
  • Global Public Policy
  • Global Energy and Climate Policy

B). Additional modules available from the Centre

  • Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific
  • International Relations 1; Foundations of World Politics
  • International Relations 2; Contemporary world Politics
  • International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order
  • Foundations of International Law
  • Sport and Diplomacy: "More than a Game"
  • History and future of the United Nations
  • Global Advocacy
  • International Security
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World – Economic and Legal Perspectives
  • International Economics
  • General Diplomatic Studies
  • Diplomatic Practice

C). Electives

An elective module can be chosen from a wide variety available at SOAS dependent upon permission being granted by the module convenor and the student’s prior academic qualifications.

Suggested electives for Global Energy and Climate Policy students

Full Unit modules (30 Credits)

  • Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy
  • Law and Natural Resources
  • International Environmental Law
  • Half Unit modules (15 Credits)
  • Contesting Natural Resources, Rural Livelihoods and Globalisation
  • Famine and Food Security
  • Water Law: Justice and Governance
  • Water and Development: conflict and governance
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Last updated January 24, 2019
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16,315 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £16,315; Full-time Overseas Fees: £21,725 per academic year
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