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Global Energy and Climate Policy

MSc

The MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy provides a detailed understanding of the transformative change in energy systems now under way around the world. It introduces you to key energy sources, the policies to regulate them, energy and climate governance and diplomacy, and the geopolitics of energy.

Study the MSc Global Energy and Climate policy degree, with academic direction from SOAS, wherever you are in the world.

The focus of the programme is on policy and policymaking in the energy and climate space as the key to enabling change and creating a regulatory environment in which the low-carbon energy systems of the future can flourish.

By studying this degree, you will:

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of the scholarly literature of more than one discipline that constitutes the field of global energy and climate policy (e.g. public policy, diplomatic studies, international politics, and political economy)
  • Have understood and assimilated the main features of the landscape of modern energy and climate policy;
  • Understand the relationship between theory and policy in the energy and climate change field
  • Gain a particular familiarity with the roles and capabilities of both state and non-state actors in a global, multi-level system

Course details

You will study;

  • Two core modules
  • Two elective modules
  • A dissertation.

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The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided and support from a dedicated tutor.

Study materials

You will have access through the VLE to study materials developed by academics at SOAS. These include a core subject guide for each course; key and further readings; and various online and multimedia tools.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and activities.
  • A dedicated Associate Tutor, who you can contact with queries.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Time commitment

You study one module at a time over a sixteen-week study session. There are two study sessions (and two dissertation sessions) per year. If you follow this without interruption, you should complete in the minimum two-year period.

You should expect to study between 10-15 hours a week during these sessions.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by a series of written online activities (30% of the module mark), and a coursework essay of 4,000-5,000 words (70% of the mark).

The dissertation will be assessed by an initial 1,500 word research proposal (15%) followed by a written dissertation of up to 15,000 words, excluding bibliography and appendices (85%).

More about coursework.

What qualifications do you need?

You will need either a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline from an institution acceptable to the University or relevant education and work experience that comprises suitable training for the programme.

If you have a qualification in an unrelated subject or an unconventional career path with diverse work experience, we will consider your application on its own merits.

English Language requirements

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the iELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. Certain courses may have additional requirements, such as software to manage spreadsheets and run macros.

See more about computer requirements.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2017-2018 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Total MSc

£ 10,000

Cost per module

£ 2,500

Method of payment

Please contact CISD: glodipadmin@soas.ac.uk 

The programme will prepare you for a variety of roles in NGOs, government departments, regulatory agencies, and international organisations (such as the OECD or WTO).

Become an advisor, manager, researcher or project professional with a multinational corporation, trade union or advocacy organisation.

What do employers think of our graduates?

This MSc is designed by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS, University of London.

CISD is committed to promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, and producing work that influences key international debates. The Centre’s research on corporate governance, disarmament and globalisation exemplifies this approach.

Programme Director

Dr Harald Heubaum is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Global Energy and Climate Policy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). His research focuses on organizational change and innovation in global energy and climate governance, energy and climate policy in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, low-carbon cities and urban resource management, and low-carbon finance. He convenes CISD’s MSc degree in Global Energy and Climate Policy both on-campus and online.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.