MSc in Energy and Resources Management


Program Description

MSc in Energy and Resources Management

The Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management (CRICOS Code: 076038B) at UCL Australia is a two-year programme designed to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive knowledge of contemporary theory and practice in the sustainable management of energy and natural resources.

The MSc is connected to the energy and resources industry, with leading academic and top industry professionals contributing to the taught courses.

For full-time students, Year 1 comprises eight courses and is designed to deepen/broaden understanding of the field. In Year 2, MSc students can select one of two options: either a research stream undertaking a research project in industry or a coursework stream comprising of a combination of taught courses and short research projects.

Part-time study in the MSc is available only to students who are not studying in Australia on a student visa and can be completed over a period of three to five years.

Each course is delivered intensively over five consecutive days, followed by a three-hour written examination three weeks later. Assignments and projects for each course lead to a report that must be submitted no later than three weeks from the final day of tuition.

‘Fly-in, fly-out’

The assignments, projects and subsequent report may be undertaken off campus, enabling ‘fly-in, fly-out’ attendance for part-time students.

Programme structure for full-time students

Core Courses

  • Economics of Energy, Resources and the Environment
  • Energy Technologies
  • Law for Energy and Resources
  • Resource Development and Sustainable Management

Elective Courses

  • Project Management for Energy and Resources
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources
  • Climate Change Modelling and Policy
  • Political Economy of Oil and Gas
  • Financing Resource Projects
  • Water Resources Management
  • Social Licensing
  • Research Project A
  • Research Project B

Entry requirements

A minimum of a Second Class (Upper Division) UK Bachelor's honours degree, an Australian Honours degree, or an equivalent international qualification is required for admission. The degree should be in an appropriate discipline.

Alternatively, an Australian Bachelor degree plus substantial work experience of at least 5 years in a relevant industry or government sector (for example, energy and resource companies, policy organisations, regulatory bodies) is acceptable.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme for which they have applied. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL SERAus and living in Australia.

International students must satisfy UCL’s English language proficiency requirements for admission. UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant if it is felt to be necessary or to require a higher level than that indicated below. UCL's preferred English language qualifications are GCSE in English language and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic version).

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to the School of Energy and Resources are as follows:

(a) the applicant's first language is English; or

(b) the applicant has successfully completed:

i. an overall academic IELTS band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the subtests; or

ii. a TOEFL Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests*; or

iii. a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a Pass at Grade A; or

iv. a Pearson Test of English (Academic) with Good level: 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component

v. successfully completed a tertiary degree program taught in the English language in a country where English is the official language or the main language spoken; or

vi. successfully completed an English language course at the required level as approved by UCL Australia from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider.

Evidence of English language proficiency must be not more than two years old on the proposed date of commencement of the course. If no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided at the time of application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated in the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.

* Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE) or Essay Rating

  • Computer-based version. Good level: Score of 250, plus 5 in essay rating.
  • Paper-based version. Good level: Score of 600, plus 5 in TWE.
  • Internet-based version. Good level: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Scholarships and Finance

UCL Australia offers a variety of government and industry scholarships to attract highly motivated, talented students to apply to study in our world-leading programmes.

Tuition Fees for full-time study per year (AUD): AUD$32,250

UCL’s annual tuition fees cover the full cost of registration, tuition, supervision and examinations and are set each year.

When a student accepts a place to study at UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia they assume responsibility for the payment of their tuition fees. A student must, therefore, have sufficient financial resources available to meet the fees, maintenance and other expenses that may be incurred throughout their programme. In addition to the costs of tuition, students will also need to be able to cover other costs, such as those for accommodation, transport, food, healthcare, insurance and other items.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia is an integral part of University College London, one of the foremost academic institutions in the world, consistently ranked top ten of the world's b ... Read More

The UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia is an integral part of University College London, one of the foremost academic institutions in the world, consistently ranked top ten of the world's best universities by the QS World University Rankings.UCL is a modern, outward-looking institution, a multidisciplinary university committed to engaging with the major issues of our time. UCL is a true academic powerhouse with no fewer than 21 Nobel Prize winners within our community. We have a global reach and global vision. Our research reaches the farthest corners of the globe; from the conservation of antiquities in Iraq to the transformation of engineering research in Kazakhstan.UCL Australia is UCL's first ever overseas campus, and our students are provided with many opportunities to interact with their colleagues in London.Rich opportunitiesThe energy and resources industry is under the spotlight more than at any time in history. Both the challenges and the opportunities this highly globalised sector provides are immense.

Growing demand for energy and resources in developing economies and the issues of energy security, affordability and regulation, sustainability, environmental impact and climate change, are demanding ever more complex solutions. These challenges are global and they can only be solved by human ingenuity and vision. 

At UCL Australia, we develop the management talent that will help the industry meet these challenges, evolve and prosper. Our world-leading approach combines academic research with hands-on industry experience.

Our goal is to give our students a broad and deep understanding of the complexities of the industry and the specialised technical knowledge to have a real impact – to pursue sector management careers and shape the energy and resources industry of the future. Global commitment One of the core features of UCL's international strategy is our commitment to furthering the notion of global citizenship. We aim to ensure that UCL research is applied to the benefit of global society and to resolve real-world problems. 

Our School of Energy and Resources in Adelaide brings UCL's vast expertise to the centre of the booming resource industry in Australia.

Partnering with the Government of South Australia, Santos Limited and other key industry players, UCL is delivering cutting-edge education with input from key industry leaders. Read less