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Energy and Climate Policy MSc

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Energy Economics / Management / Conservation Climatology Global Warming

Course type


Course Summary

Take on the challenge of creating sustainable energy systems. You can also study an online version of this course with flexible start date.

To avoid catastrophic climate change, global carbon emissions must be brought to zero within a few decades. This requires a transformation of the global energy system, beginning now. On this MSc, you learn to contribute to this challenge. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to develop and deliver energy and climate policy with impact. With climate change as a focus, you’ll explore the role of policy and innovation in transforming energy systems, while sharpening your analytical and decision-making skills.

You are taught by globally recognised faculty from the University of Sussex Business School. This course draws on expertise from SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and the Sussex Energy Group, one of the largest energy policy research groups in the world. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of creating sustainable and low-carbon energy systems throughout the world.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, practical, and applied. The course gives you an essential foundation for careers in government, international organisations, the private sector, and NGOs.


With the growing importance of energy and climate change on political, corporate, and even social agendas around the world, there is increasing demand for energy policy professionals in this area.

With this MSc, you’ll be well prepared for work in:

  • international organisations (such as the OECD, UNDP, UNEP, IEA, and IRENA)
  • government departments (such as the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Government of British Columbia, Canada)
  • local authorities (such as the Brighton & Hove Council sustainability team)
  • businesses (such as RWE npower, Ecofys, EDF, Unilever, Southern Solar, Renaissance Re, Centro de Apoio a Inovação Social-CAIS)
  • NGOs (such as the International Social Science Council, Green Jobs Alliance, People and Planet)
  • independent consultancies
  • academia and further research.


This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification can be in any subject and undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.