Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in either a social or a natural science. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Take on a defining challenge for humanity in the 21st century – creating a global low-carbon economy while providing modern energy services to the world’s population.

This course provides a broad-based, social science training in energy policy, focusing in particular on the role of technological innovation.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, practical and applied, providing you with the skills to analyse policy problems and to propose and evaluate viable policy solutions.

The course provides an essential foundation for careers in government, international organisations, the private sector and NGOs.

Key facts

You will be taught by internationally recognised faculty from SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, a world-leading research centre on science, technology and innovation policy and the Sussex Energy Group, one of the largest energy policy research groups in the world.

The course is unique in combining ideas from economics, innovation studies and policy studies (among other approaches) while requiring no prior training in these fields.

You will explore the opportunities, challenges and constraints in creating sustainable and low-carbon energy systems throughout the world.

How will I study?

Teaching is via small, highly interactive lectures and seminars that foster a culture of knowledge sharing, ideas generation, critical thinking and enthusiastic debate.

You’ll study a combination of core modules and options, assessed through:

  • coursework
  • group projects
  • examinations
  • extended essays
  • presentations
  • policy briefs.

In the summer, you work on a research-based dissertation. We encourage interaction, collaboration and creativity. You’re invited to participate in our programme of research seminars as well as conferences and workshops.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit
+44 (0)1273 872717