Taught course

Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions

UCL - University College London · Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an appropriate subject (earth science, economics, political sciences, geography, physical sciences, law, engineering or related subject).

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

In the face of global environmental challenges, societies, businesses and policymakers alike need to rethink how we can use our natural resources sustainably. UCL’s Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc investigates the circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable resource management. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to drive change and become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.

You will study important aspects of sustainability such as resource efficiency, renewable energy but also non-renewable fuels, societal transitions (particularly in the Global South), international relations and international political economy, and eco-innovation. Discussions on environmental justice and ethics recur throughout. 

All these aspects form the basis for a systemic approach to the complex elements that shape resource consumption and patterns of use. You will also gain an understanding of planetary boundaries, the role of people and governments and new approaches such as the resource nexus and the Circular Economy.  

We offer a novel interdisciplinary understanding of resources with contributions spanning economics, political science, engineering, natural sciences, business studies, and sociology. 

The programme also offers excellent opportunities for networking with key figures of academia, government and industry. The residential field trip offers a valuable experience and interesting visits to companies and a unique opportunity to strengthen student-staff interaction. Regular seminars are held across UCL including monthly lecture put on by the Institute for Sustainable Resources.

Students become members of the Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc alumni network and will be invited to attend alumni events and benefit from additional networking opportunities with fellow students.

As you student benefit from:

  • A world leading, multidisciplinary learning environment
  • A residential field trip and site visits that give a valuable experience of your studies in practice
  • Our long-standing established relationships with industry, policy makers and academia
  • Extra-curricular seminars and events with key thinkers in the field
  • Our extensive alumni network, now within many significant organisations across the globe, who attend networking events in our Institute
  • Studying in London - a city full of culture, at the heart of the UK’s government and industry
  • An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, project group work and presentations from visiting speakers from a range of businesses and other organisations. Hands-on workshops will provide opportunities for practical development and the implementation of programme content. Assessment is through examination, assessed coursework, group work and a dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214