Study Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc at UCL

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Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc

The world faces huge challenges from climate change and environmental damage. Our economies and our energy systems need to transform. We need highly qualified professionals with the expertise to analyse these complex inter-related issues, and to evaluate solutions. UCL’s Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc trains you in the economics, policy, and modelling skills that you need to be part of the global solution.

Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a sustainability leader and innovator in business, policy-making or research. You will gain a deep understanding of different economic and policy approaches to the urgent environmental and resource problems that face our global community, with an emphasis on the critical issues of energy and climate change. You will learn how to apply a variety of interdisciplinary analytical methods to resolve these problems, applied to a broad range of practical contexts. This advanced degree programme will give you an in-depth understanding of:

  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Energy-economic models, methods and scenarios
  • Environmental measurement, assessment and law
  • Planetary economics and the political economy of energy and climate change
  • Research concepts and methods to develop critical analysis and research skills

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Who this course is for

This course is best suited for:

  • Graduates with a background in economics looking to develop policy expertise in the areas of energy and the environment
    Science and engineering graduates who want to diversify skills into energy and environment
  • Graduates with largely non-quantitative degrees, such as geography, politics or international relations, who can demonstrate an aptitude for quantitative analysis, and who wish to develop quantitative skills in economics
  • Professionals with experience working in industry, consultancy, finance or public and third sectors looking to expand their skillset and learn the latest in energy and environmental economics and policy.

The foundation of your career

Our alumni have gone on to work at numerous influential organisations such as International Energy Agency, United Nations, Orsted, European Commission, OECD, Ofgem, Forum for the Future, McKinsey, Bloomberg, KPMG, Deloitte, BlackRock, CDP, Climate Bonds Initiative and more. We also have alumni with successful careers in national government, or who go on to further graduate study and research.

Alumni stories

“My MSc was pivotal in forging my current career path. It had been a long-standing dream of mine to become an environmental economist – the technical specialisation provided by this MSc, together with the calibre of education provided at UCL, made it possible for me to realise that dream. In particular, I believe the interesting selection of optional units on offer allowed me to gain a competitive edge.”
Shanali Pethiyagoda, Environmental Economist Consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

“The benefits of having a specialised MSc from a world-class university has given me a competitive edge when applying for jobs related to my area of expertise. My degree, combined with a few years of work experience, has given me the credentials needed to successfully apply for intermediate-level jobs rather than starting in an entry-level position.” Shaun James Micallef, Senior Economist – Cambridge Econometrics


Graduates will be equipped to become leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen area of specialisation, whether in terms of policy-making, economics consultancy, the business management of sustainability issues, energy system modelling or their understanding and application of innovative systems

Sustainability has become an important consideration across all sectors. The uniquely interdisciplinary nature of this Master’s provides students with transferable skills that are in demand by employers from a variety of sectors including business, consulting, government, think tanks, NGOs, universities and research institutes.

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