MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
MA/MSc: 1 Year (full time); 2 or 3 Years (part time)
The MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy (GECP) is the first Masters programme to jointly address the issues of climate and energy policy in an interdisciplinary fashion. It tackles policy and regulatory change, the historical and technological evolution of energy sources, energy markets and their participants, the global governance of climate change as well as the challenges associated with transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
The programme specifically addresses the requirements of those wishing to deepen their theoretical and practical understanding of how energy and climate policies are designed, shaped, advocated and implemented and by whom across a multitude of cases drawn from the Global North and South and across multiple levels of political organisation from global to local arenas.
The MSc is designed for those engaged with or planning a career in professional contexts relating to energy and/or climate policy. It prepares for a multitude of careers in public and private contexts, including in public administration and government departments, strategic policy and risk advisory, government relations and public affairs, policy advocacy, think tanks and academia.
Guest speakers on the programme's courses have included Angus Miller (Energy Advisor, UK Foreign Office), Tom Burke (Founding Director, E3G and Environmental Policy Advisor, Rio Tinto), Jonathan Grant (Asst. Director Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC), Kash Burchett (European Energy Analyst, IHS Global Insight), Chris Dodwell (AEA Technology, former Head of International Climate Policy, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change) and Andrew Pendleton (Head of Campaigns, Friends of the Earth).
The programme draws on the teaching and research strengths of CISD and of the SOAS departments of International Politics, Law, Economics and area studies (especially of Asia, Africa and the Middle East) as well as a wide range of languages. In particular, students will be able to benefit from the expertise located at the Centre for Environment, Development and Policy (CEDEP), the Law School's Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC), the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security (CEPES), the Centre for Water and Development, and the SOAS Food Studies Centre.
In addition to the two core courses of Global Energy and Climate Policy and Applied energy and climate studies students choose a third course to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.
We welcome applications from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. It is not necessary to have a degree in a discipline directly related to global energy and climate policy.
Each application is assessed on its individual merits and entry requirements may be modified in light of relevant professional experience and where the applicant can demonstrate a sustained practical interest in the international field.
Listen to a documentary podcast about the MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy and CISD's 1st Annual Energy and Climate Change Conference (May 2011), organised by students.
Students take taught courses to the value of 3 full units plus 10,000 word dissertation
1. One unit and two half units from A (compulsory)
2. One unit (or two half units) from B or C
3. Dissertation (compulsory) on a topic related to the programme's core themes
A). Global Energy and Climate Policy courses
• Global Public Policy
B). Additional courses available from the Centre
An elective course can be chosen from a wide variety available at SOAS dependent upon permission being granted by the course convenor and the student's prior academic qualifications.
Teaching and Learning
The programme may be taken in one year (full-time) or in two or three years part-time with the schedule designed to allow participation by those in full-time employment. Participants may choose a combination of courses to meet their professional needs and personal interests. The programme is convened on a multi-disciplinary basis, and teaching is through lectures, seminars and workshops conducted by SOAS faculty and visiting specialists.
Lectures for GECP courses usually take place in the evening (18.00-20.00) and associated seminars/tutorials are repeated in hourly slots starting as early as 14.00 for some courses, with the latest taking place at 20.00. Students sign up for seminar/tutorial groups at the start of term and stay in the same group throughout the academic year. There is a minimum of two and a half hours formal teaching a week (lecture and seminar) for each GECP course taken. Practical exercises may take place at weekends.
See which courses are available to MSc GECP students and when they are scheduled for (note this table shows lecture time only and not tutorial timings).
In addition there is a week long study tour to Brussels and the OECD in Paris. There is no additional cost for the trip. Please note that the structure of this week is subject to change
All GECP students have the opportunity to take part in basic and advanced Media Training with the specific aim of developing their presentation and journalistic interviewing skills. The training is given by BBC News 24/BBC World presenter Deborah Mackenzie and former BBC producer Simon Crutchley.
The programme also runs a number of additional lectures given by guest speakers and external practitioners. They are available as podcasts here.
CISD understand that for many students part of the rationale of completing a Masters degree is to improve their job prospects in their area of study. This is perhaps best demonstrated by our focus on applied skills training for each degree which aims to equip students with a skill-set desired by employers. In addition to this the Centre seeks to engage students in a number of activities aimed at developing their professional experience and networks, such as:
- Annual Alumni reception and Alumni led career workshops
- European study tour visiting international organisations, e.g. United Nations in Geneva, including a CISD hosted reception for students and delegates from Embassies and the UN
- CISD Annual lecture and sit-down dinner for CISD students and members of the London diplomatic and NGO communities
- Lunchtime seminars delivered by members of the London diplomatic and NGO communities
- Volunteer on our research programmes and get involved in delivering project work such as SCRAP or help organise our next
conference on a Middle East WMD Free Zone
- Undertake a media internship (unpaid) with SOAS Radio and be responsible for creating
CISD podcasts of events, interviews, blogs etc
Visit the destinations page to read more about the types of careers CISD students have gone on the have.