Taught course

Global Energy and Climate Policy

University of London

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Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc 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.

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

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Core modules:

  • Global Energy and Climate Policy

Elective Modules:

  • The Art of Negotiation
  • America and the World: US Foreign Policy
  • Diplomatic Systems
  • Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World
  • Global Public Policy
  • Human and Critical Security Studies
  • International Economics
  • International History and International Relations
  • International Security
  • Muslim Minorities in a Global Context
  • Sport and Diplomacy
  • Strategic Studies
  • Trade Diplomacy
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World
  • Muslim Minorities and the State: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Dissertation.

Information for international students

Application deadline:
31 March 2019

How you study:

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 material:

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, you gain access to your Student Portal. You can then access your university 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
MSc £12000
International students
MSc £12000
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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 - 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 - 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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