Taught course

Metals and Energy Finance

Imperial College London · Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is normally a degree in engineering, the physical sciences or economics, with a substantial mathematics element. Appropriate experience, while not essential, would be an advantage.

The course commenced in October 2006 and has gained recognition all over the world.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree is run jointly by the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and Imperial College Business School.

It covers mineral deposit studies, resource evaluation, basic petroleum engineering and petroleum geology, minerals engineering and extractive metallurgy, accounting, mathematical techniques in finance, project appraisal and finance, project management, and markets and supplies.

The programme:

  • produces graduates equipped to pursue careers in the technical and financial appraisal of natural energy and mineral resource projects;
  • offers traditional minerals-related training directly applicable to a career in the minerals industry;
  • introduces key technical and geological concepts relevant to petroleum projects;
  • enhances career opportunities in the financial services and petroleum industries;
  • provides the basis for an understanding of quantitative finance, accounting and strategic management within the context of technical principles that apply specifically to mineral and energy projects;
  • responds to the importance of the City of London as a global centre for mining and energy finance by providing knowledge of corporate finance, equity markets, debt finance, metals markets and associated derivative markets;
  • provides training in financial modelling, financial engineering and the techniques of risk modelling;
  • enhances entrepreneurial skills;
  • provides the skills needed to undertake independent research projects both in industry and in a university environment.

Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Professor Dennis Buchanan