24 months
5725 GBP/year
5725 GBP/year
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The University of Sussex’s online Energy Policy Masters, is made to power such massive change. You’ll hone your critical eye, learning how to apply your knowledge in the shift toward a sustainable future. You’ll focus on real-world policy problems and devise viable solutions for them.

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Building on the influential research of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Sussex Energy Group, teaching is led by academics who are developing new interdisciplinary thinking in energy policy and applying this to contemporary challenges around the world.

This unique online Energy Policy  Masters offers a broad-based, social science training in energy policy, incorporating ideas from economics, political science and innovation studies, focusing in particular on the role of innovation. The approach is interdisciplinary, practical and applied. You’ll study real-world policy problems and gain the skills required to analyse those problems and propose viable policy solutions.

Why choose this course? 

• Gain access to world-renowned academics from Sussex’s Science Policy Research Unit and the Sussex Energy Group. 

• Choose practical teaching, exploring current global examples, delivered by those developing policies and driving global change. 

• Graduate with a razor-sharp understanding of the economic, political and scientific implications of policymaking for a better future.

• Hone the knowledge and skills required by employers in the public, private and third sectors. 

• Learn within a global cohort of students, bringing their own experiences and ideas to the table. 

• Study 100% online in your own time from your own home, benefitting from Sussex’s expertise from wherever you are in the world. 

• Benefit from dedicated student support and specialist services for online students. 

• Choose from six start dates a year, with the flexibility to pause your studies if you need to. 

Programme Structure

Programme structure 

Developed by leading learning technologists, this course has been specifically designed to be delivered online. Teaching takes place within a Virtual Learning Environment and involves interactive lectures, seminars, group and independent work. You will be encouraged to work with fellow students, collaborate on ideas and share your own experiences. 

• Introduction to Energy Policy

• Policy analysis

• Understanding the policy making process

• Science, technology and innovation 

• Energy and sustainability

• Energy justice 

• Perspectives, methods & skills

• Quantitative research methods for Energy Policy

• Governing energy transitions

• Energy and development

• Energy and economic growth

• Energy Policy capstone project


Designed for students who want to advance their knowledge and careers, you will gain the essential skills needed for jobs in government, NGOs and private companies across the world.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Modules start dates and course intakes occur every two months. This MSc gives you the flexibility to step on and off the course, pausing your studies if they need to*. 

*maximum study break applies. 

Please speak to our Admissions Team to find application deadlines for each intake. 


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits

The course is comprised of twelve 15-credit taught modules.



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5725 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5725 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

Cost per module: £955 


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