University of Edinburgh Business School

University of Edinburgh

Energy Finance and Markets

This course applies principles of financial and resource economics to prepare students for careers in old and new energy markets and industries, as well as the public sector. Although the programme content relates to a wide array of energy sector career paths, the programme is specifically targeted at candidates who are interested in career opportunities in the finance departments of energy utilities, energy/commodity trading desks of financial and energy firms, energy consultancies, as well as relevant public, academic and third sector positions. The programme incorporates significant input from energy industry and energy commodities trading executives. Students on the programme work with industry partners to develop cutting edge trading and project solutions within consultancy projects sponsored by energy firms and commodity trading desks of financial and oil and gas institutions.

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree or its international equivalent (1st or 2nd uppder class, overall 65 per cent and above) in finance, economics and other relevant management programmes. Consideration will be given to candidates with very good Honours degree in other disciplines if they demonstrate adequate motivation and interest in the programme. Mature students with significant energy industry experience or with relevant professional qualification will also be given due consideration on a case-by-case basis. If English is not the 1st language, applicants must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections); CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module).

Course modules

Semester 1 courses: energy finance (10 credits); treasury management and corporate finance (15 credits); restricted options (carbon markets/carbon accounting) (15 credits); technologies for sustainable energy (10 credits); introduction to energy policy and politics (10 credits); semester 2 courses:; energy markets (15 credits); research methods for energy finance (15 credits); financial engineering (15 credits). Students will also choose 1 option course from the following:; advanced finance theory (15 credits); energy consultancy project (15 credits); economics for postgraduates (15 credits); emission reduction project development (15 credits); low carbon investment (15 credits); global financial markets and emerging economies (15 credits); behavioural finance (15 credits); investment management (15 credits).

Assessment methods

For their dssertation (worth 60 credits), each student is required to conduct an individual research project on a topic relevant to energy. The dissertation may also take the form of a business report (either industry sponsored or not) or a business plan, however, all topics must have relevance to energy.

Campus details

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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