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MScGlobal Energy Management

Why this course?

The MSc in Global Energy Management (GEM) is an intensive course aiming to produce future leaders in the energy sector.

The global energy system is undergoing a process of rapid change including:

  • escalating demand
  • constraints on supplies
  • increasing energy prices
  • regulatory pressures to reduce carbon emissions
  • changing demographics and patterns of energy use and supply

Industries, economies and societies face complex challenges and uncertainties that could become more extreme in the future. Both government and industry need to be able to understand and adapt to this changing context.

Through this course you’ll gain a rigorous analytical training and in-depth real-world knowledge of global energy systems. There’s also hands-on training in the management of energy-related issues. Your training will help to give you an unrivalled edge in the energy job market.

This Masters degree is delivered by the Department of Economics.

You’ll study

Core classes are designed around the latest academic research on the issues facing energy managers today. You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue your own interests through a variety of optional courses.

We run a series of interactive seminars called the Global Energy Forum. Leading international energy experts in business, government and other organisations provide you with practical insights and inside knowledge.

There are also field trips, conferences and you will complete a summer project.

Core classes

  • Global Energy Issues, Industries & Markets
  • Global Energy Technologies, Impacts & Implementation
  • Global Energy Policy, Politics, Business Structures & Finance
  • Global Energy Forum
  • Energy Economics
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

Elective classes

You’ll be able to choose from many postgraduate classes offered in:

  • The Strathclyde Business School
  • The Faculty of Engineering
  • The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences


The Strathclyde Business School is situated in a modern building in heart of Glasgow’s city centre. It’s designed to meet the demands of both corporate clients and students. Our school is equipped with up-to-date computing and technology facilities, study areas and its own café.


The MSc in Global Energy Management is accredited by the Energy Institute, the professional body for the energy industry. It is the first Masters course to hold academic accreditation for the professional status of Chartered Energy Manager.

The Strathclyde Business School is a triple accredited business school. It’s one of only a small percentage worldwide to hold this prestigious status, with full accreditation from the international bodies, AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.

Energy Master Exchange Programme (EMEP)

Strathclyde Business School and Dauphine Université, Paris, have joined forces to bring future leading energy market professionals together by forming the Energy Master Exchange Programme (EMEP) Workshop.

Further information will be given when you enter the programme.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Global Energy Issues, Industries & Markets

You'll examine the structures and trends in global energy markets. Demand and supply of the various types of energy such as coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear and renewables is covered along with a discussion of electricity markets. Topics of relevance for the energy professional, such as the interaction between energy and the environment (including carbon markets) and energy futures and options markets are discussed.

Global Energy Technologies, Impacts & Implementation
Considers the technical and policy context surrounding the adoption and deployment of energy technologies worldwide.  You'll cover both fossil fuel and low carbon technologies, their fit to particular circumstances, and the main stages and issues in implementing energy projects.
Global Energy Policy, Politics, Business Structures & Finance

Policy is how Governments turn their desires into reality.  Many decisions about energy are essentially political and require policy makers to balance objectives (such as energy security, cost, environmental impacts, and economic growth) within a wider global context.

You'll consider the issues faced by governments, citizens and businesses and how policy options are assessed and put into practice.  You'll put your learning into practice, working in groups to develop innovative national energy policy proposals.

Global Energy Forum

You'll get the chance to hear experts speak from a wide variety of backgrounds and organisations. Through presentations on critical and timely topics, you'll come to understand what outside experts are thinking and doing about important energy issues. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake field trips to relevant sites.


Energy Economics

The module explores key economic issues at the heart of topical energy questions. The module covers

  • the objectives of energy policy
  • private and social perspectives on energy supply and demand
  • regulation using relevant examples (including North Sea activity and renewable electricity)
  • economic models to understand interactions between energy and the economy

Core elective classes


This is designed to be accessible if you have no prior expertise in economics.

It is focused on economic literacy with a clear emphasis on the application to contemporary issues in the real world.  Knowledge of these topics provides the foundation for further study in a broad range of topics in Economics.


By the end of the class you'll be able to assess the information content in the behaviour of key macroeconomic variables; discuss their implications for business managers. You'll understand the objectives and challenges in the design and operation of macroeconomic policies and explain how policy impacts on the macroeconomic environment.

Elective classes

Elective classes

You’ll be able to choose from many postgraduate classes offered in:

  • The Strathclyde Business School
  • The Faculty of Engineering
  • The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Learning & teaching

You’ll be taught by highly committed and enthusiastic staff distinguished by their internationally-recognised research in energy and environmental related fields.

The course offers excellent opportunities to network with international energy specialists from a range of organisations.

Entry requirements

An upper-second class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent. Applications are also welcome from candidates with significant high calibre industry or government experience.

For students whose first language is not English, more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde can be found here.

We advise you to register your interest early due to the restricted number of spaces available.

Pre-Masters Preparation Course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form , or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2015/16 - £13,000
  • 2016/17 - £13,000

Rest of UK

  • 2015/16 - £13,000
  • 2016/17 - £13,000


  • 2015/16 - £17,000
  • 2016/17 - £17,000

How can I fund my course?

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Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.


Energy is the largest and most critical industry in the global economy today. It employs over 135,000 people directly and 500,000 in supporting roles.

Employers are seeking out skilled graduates to work in the energy industry and related fields. As a graduate in global energy management, you’ll be well placed to manage the complex challenges facing the global energy system in the 21st century.

We’ve designed this course to maximise the opportunities for industry engagement. You’ll take part in industry events such as the Scottish Oil Club.

While on the course you’ll become Learning Affiliates of the Energy Institute. You’re entitled to free Energy Institute membership. Membership includes:

  • access to a wealth of energy related information
  • significant discounts to attend conferences and seminars
  • many opportunities to meet professionals across the energy sector

How much will I earn?

The range of typical starting salaries for an energy manager is £22,000 to £33,000 depending on the work sector and geographical area. Starting salaries may be higher for those with postgraduate qualifications and experience.*

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects.


We advise you to register your interest early due to the restricted number of spaces available.

Global Energy Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Global Energy Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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