University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Energy Policy for Sustainability

Creating sustainable energy systems is the defining challenge for humanity in the 21st century and one that requires professionals who fully appreciate the technological, economic and political dimensions of that challenge and how these are interlinked. Our programme aspires to educate a generation of leaders who will address these challenges, as well as train future energy policy professionals working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It builds on a world-leading research base at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) including in particular the exciting and forwardlooking work of the Sussex Energy Group (SEG), one of the largest independent social science energy policy research units in the world. This MSc provides broad-based interdisciplinary social science training, exploring the complex and interlinked dimensions of climate and energy policy. The course focuses on the opportunities, challenges and constraints associated with transitions to low-carbon energy systems in both the developed and developing world. It is oriented towards real-world policy problems in a range of countries and draws upon the latest research and practice in this field.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in either a social or a natural science. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: Introduction to energy policy for sustainability; science, technology and innovation: markets, firms and policies. Spring term requires you to pick 2 modules from: Energy and development; energy policy and sustainability; governing energy transitions; innovation for sustainability. In addition, you take: Introduction to statistical research methods; perspectives, methods and skills. Summer term: You undertake supervised work on a research-based dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, group projects, multiple-choice exams, extended essays, presentations and policy briefs. The summer is devoted to a research-based dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,350 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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