Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £8,250 *
International Fees £13,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Energy and Environmental Change MA 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.

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Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

This 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. It examines the political history of the modern energy systems and the role played by states and major private and state-owned companies. In addition, it explores the role of global institutions and their impact on the interplay between energy security, energy markets and climate change. It scrutinises issues that underpin key discussions in the energy and climate change area, such as development, limits to growth, transparency, sustainability and the role of civil society. The module also critically assesses standard approaches to the issue of energy security by focusing on the problem of energy poverty and resilience.

Since the 2000s the global energy landscape that took shape in the last two decades of the twentieth century has been altered due to major geo-political and geo-economical shifts, the rise of new players in the energy sector and technological breakthroughs. The aim of this module is to analyse the impact that these developments had on the energy security of key producing and consuming countries. It will analyse these problems by focusing on change and continuity in the decision-making processes of state and non-state actors. Countries covered include the US, the EU, the Asian rising powers, Russia and specific case studies from the Middle East, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This module is designed to introduce students to the principles of international law relevant to the development and use of energy resources. To this end, the course examines the evolution of principles relating to permanent sovereignty over natural resources, 'shared' resources and resources outside areas of national jurisdiction. It involves consideration of relevant international legal principles pertaining to oil and gas resources, the use of water resources in energy generation, renewables and nuclear energy. The course has particular regard to the evolving international legal framework on the mitigation of climate change, and its impact on international energy law and policy. The course also examines the impact of other principles of international law on the energy sector, such as relevant principles of international environmental law, foreign investment and trade law, and human rights.

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. It covers a variety of theoretical and empirical topics related to energy demand, energy supply and energy prices, the influence of fiscal instruments on market operation and the importance of banks and financial institutions for the funding of energy projects. 

The first half of the module will explore a number of key themes and conceptual issues. These will include: an analysis of the structure and operation of oil, gas, coal, electricity and renewables markets and issues of price discovery, carbon trading, green taxes and subsidies; the role of banks and alternative sources of financing for oil and gas projects; an exploration of approaches to modelling and forecasting the supply, demand and price of energy and energy derivatives.

The second half of the module will have a practical focus, with sessions led by guest speakers drawn from a range of energy companies, renewables firms or from policy 'think-tanks'. These will take the form of short participative workshops exploring case studies on energy strategy and sustainability.

This module provides background on environmental policy and climate change. It sets out the theoretical framework to start with, and then the international context for sustainable development, energy efficiency and climate change.

It explores implications for the built environment in a range of development contexts, includes analysis of key policy concerns and planning and design responses comparatively across different institutional and cultural contexts.

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

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

A good honours degree, namely 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.

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 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other elements.

Applications need to be supported by either an academic reference written on the University letter-head or, in the case of candidates in employment, by a reference from the most recent employer familiar with the applicant's abilities and other qualities.

Candidates will be admitted on the basis of an application accompanied by documentary evidence of meeting the above requirements. In some cases it may be necessary for the Course Leader to interview potential students either in person or 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.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical offer

A good honours degree, namely 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.

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 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other elements.

Applications need to be supported by either an academic reference written on the University letter-head or, in the case of candidates in employment, by a reference from the most recent employer familiar with the applicant's abilities and other qualities.

Candidates will be admitted on the basis of an application accompanied by documentary evidence of meeting the above requirements. In some cases it may be necessary for the Course Leader to interview potential students either in person or 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.

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What our students say

Fleur Disney

Fleur Disney

Energy and Environmental Change MA

I'd wholeheartedly recommend the MA in Energy and Environmental Change at Westminster. The course is challenging but rewarding and it is highly relevant to anyone interested in exploring solutions to pressing issues which threaten the future of our society.

It is one of very few postgraduate courses which examines energy from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and has the benefit of offering a more complete picture of current issues - and the freedom to specialise in your area of interest, such as low carbon energy transitions.

Giulia Zilla

Giulia Zilla

Energy and Environmental Change MA

I chose the University of Westminster primarily for its international outlook and its great location. I consider myself lucky to have enrolled on the Energy and Environmental Change MA - it was probably the best choice I could have made.

A multidisciplinary approach allowed me to understand the topic from different intellectual perspectives. It is absolutely the most innovative Master's available on climate change and energy issues.

Leisa Souza

Leisa Souza

Energy and Environmental Change MA

When I decided to do my Master’s abroad, I was certain I wanted to specialise in energy policy. I wanted a course that would provide me with an in-depth understanding of both oil and gas and renewables.

The University of Westminster’s Energy and Environmental Change MA was the perfect choice, as it not only addresses these issues, but also offers a multidisciplinary approach. It also gives students a perfect balance between theory and practice. A definite highlight is the contact we are given with practitioners from government, academia and industry.

What our students say

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Aurelian Titaru

Energy and Environmental Change MA

The University of Westminster ticks all the boxes: great location, international students and all the facilities you need.

Enrolling in the Energy and Environmental Change MA at the University of Westminster was the best choice I could have made. The modules are diverse and give you the opportunity to choose the aspects you find the most interesting. At the same time, you will be able to develop an understanding of problems using different viewpoints.

While the course is complex, outstanding lecturers and other academic staff are always there to help.

Rowena P

Rowena P

Energy and Environmental Change MA

I chose the course based on its multidisciplinary nature. Subjects consider the energy industry from political, legal, economic and planning perspectives. This ability to understand multiple perspectives is such an important trait if you are working in policy and environmental sustainability.

As for the University of Westminster itself, lecturers were very supportive and encouraged me to develop my assignments in alignment with key interests.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £8,250 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

 

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