M.Sc. On Campus

Energy and Climate Policy

University of Sussex

12 months
22500 GBP/year
12750 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Take on the challenge of creating sustainable energy systems with this Energy and Climate Policy degree at University of Sussex.


About this Degree

To avoid catastrophic climate change, global carbon emissions must be brought to zero within a few decades. This requires a transformation of the global energy system, beginning now. On this MSc, you learn to contribute to this challenge. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to develop and deliver energy and climate policy with impact. With climate change as a focus, you’ll explore the role of policy and innovation in transforming energy systems, while sharpening your analytical and decision-making skills.

You’re taught by globally recognised faculty from the University of Sussex Business School. This course draws on expertise from SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and the Sussex Energy Group, one of the largest energy policy research groups in the world. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of creating sustainable and low-carbon energy systems throughout the world. Our approach is interdisciplinary, practical and applied. The course gives you an essential foundation for careers in government, international organisations, the private sector and NGOs. 


With the growing importance of energy and climate change on political, corporate and even social agendas around the world, there is increasing demand for energy policy professionals in this area.

With this Energy and Climate Policy MSc at University of Sussex, you’ll be well prepared for work in:

  • international organisations (such as the OECD, UNDP, UNEP, IEA, and IREAN)
  • government departments (such as the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Government of British Columbia, Canada)
  • local authorities (such as the Brighton & Hove Council sustainability team)
  • businesses (such as RWE npower, Ecofys, EDF, Unilever, Southern Solar, Renaissance Re, Centro de Apoio a Inovação Social-CAIS)
  • NGOs (such as the International Social Science Council, Green Jobs Alliance, People and Planet)
  • independent consultancies
  • academia and further research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Challenges in Energy and Climate Policy
  • Perspectives on Energy and Climate Policy
  • Policy Making and Policy Analysis
  • Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies
  • Industrial and Innovation Policy
  • Infrastructure, Innovation and Sustainability
  • Innovation for Sustainability
  • Quantitative Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.
  • Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12750 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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