Taught course

Energy and Environmental Change

University of Westminster, London · Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

A first class or upper second honours degree or equivalent in a social science discipline (politics, law, geography, history, sociology, development studies) or economics or business studies. Applications need to be supported by either an academic reference written on the University letter-head or, for candidates in employment, by a reference from the most recent employer In some cases it may be necessary for the Course Leader to interview potential students either in person, by telephone or Skype. Applications from mid-career candidates are welcomed. The candidates are not expected to have prior experience in the energy or related sectors.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA Energy and Environmental Change is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. The degree equips students with knowledge of key intellectual frameworks and critical issues. The course offers a holistic approach to the dynamics governing energy-transition to a low-carbon economy nexus. Students are required to complete five interconnected core modules and may select one option module.

The course caters for a diverse range of students, with varied academic and professional backgrounds, and from different parts of the world, studying full-time or part-time, who may seek employment in the energy sector, various government and consulting agencies, international and non-government organisations, and think-tanks.

You are taught by faculty from:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Westminster Business School
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

The course is delivered in full-time and part-time mode with either September or January intake.

Core Modules:

Global Politics of Energy and Environmental Change
The module aims at evaluating the relevance of contemporary debates in international relations and political economy to the study of energy security, energy markets and climate change.

Regional Dimensions of Energy Security
The aim of this module is to critically analyse energy security dilemmas of major energy producing and consuming countries within a changing global energy landscape.

International Energy and Climate Change Law
This module is designed to introduce students to the principles of international law relevant to the development and use of energy resources.

Strategy and Policy: Energy and Sustainability
The focus of this module is on energy economics and, in particular, on the role of markets in driving energy policy and strategy in both the short and long term.

Environmental Change and Transition to a Low-Carbon Society
The module introduces a framework for analysing and shaping the transition to a low-carbon society.

Indicative Option Modules
Global Financial Markets
Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience
Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration
Policy, Governance and Democracy: International Perspectives
International Economics
Corporate Social Responsibility Issues in Business and Law

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of competence in English. This will normally take the form of an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7911 5000
+44 (0)20 7911 5788