- Start date: September
- Accreditation: Triple-accredited business school AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA
- Study mode and duration: 24 months part-time online distance learning
Study with us
- develop a strong understanding of key issues in environment and energy from policy and economic perspectives
- gain practical insight from leading energy and climate change experts
- benefit from applied teaching, which focuses on the development of transferable skills and applicable knowledge
- suitable for those with a background in a broad range of disciplines
- benefit from an online distance learning study model
Why this course
The MSc Economics & Policy of Energy & Climate Change (online) aims to produce future leaders in the sectors of energy and climate change.
The course addresses the complex and increasingly more extreme challenges and uncertainties that industries, economies, governments and societies face. By the end of the programme, you'll be well equipped to understand these, and have the knowledge to adapt to this changing context.
You'll learn about the rapid changes within the global energy system and about the way in which this is impacted by climate change and by the efforts to mitigate its impacts. These changes include escalating energy demand, constraints on supplies, impacts on energy mix, introduction of smart grids, fluctuating energy prices, regulatory pressures to reduce carbon emissions and to promote sustainability, increased integration of renewable energy sources, and changing demographics and patterns of energy use and supply.
The course covers areas of particular strengths of the Department of Economics, with a focus on energy and climate change. Through the Fraser of Allander Institute, the department also boasts research expertise in applying economic knowledge in the policy field.
What you'll study
Core classes are designed around the latest academic research on the issues facing energy and climate change economists and policy experts today. You'll also have the opportunity to pursue your own interests through a variety of elective classes.
You'll receive comprehensive analytical training and gain in-depth real-world knowledge of energy systems and climate changes issues. Hands-on training in issues related to energy economics, energy finance, energy industries, energy technologies, energy policy, the environment, sustainability, natural resources, climate change, data analysis, economic appraisal and economic modelling will help give you an unrivalled edge in the job market.
The summer project will be an extensive and substantial piece of economic and/or policy analysis, and aims to develop those applied research skills that are so important to the energy and climate change professional. You'll work on a desk-based research project, which will be related to the rest of your studies on the course. The summer project will be supported by an academic supervisor and will be completed at the end of the second year of your programme.
Strathclyde Business School
Strathclyde Business School was founded in 1948 and is a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation with a reputation for research excellence.
One of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde, SBS is a triple-accredited business school (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) and was the first business school in Scotland to achieve this accolade in 2004. The Business School is home to seven subject departments and a number of specialist centres, all of which collaborate to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary courses.
Strathclyde Business Network
As a postgraduate student at Strathclyde Business School, you may choose to join the Strathclyde Business Network, a student-led initiative that facilitates interaction with business and industry leaders.
The Network aims to foster knowledge sharing, facilitate discussion and enable networking opportunities with the very best business professional in industry. Every year the Network organises Glasgow Business Summit, which is the first-ever student-led business conference in Scotland and brings together students with leading businesses from across the UK.
Triple-accredited business school
Economic Appraisal and Modelling
Economic appraisal and modelling lie at the heart of what most economists in business, consulting and government do on a day-to-day basis. You'll examine the key principles and techniques of economic appraisal and learn – through your own applications - how these are used in private and/or social analysis. Techniques covered will include cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and multi-criteria analysis. The economic modelling component will provide you with insights into how models designed to describe the operation of any economy can be used to help inform decision making. You’ll drawing on the practical modelling expertise gained within the Fraser of Allander Institute which has – for over forty years – developed an international reputation in the development and use of economic modelling for analysing policy-relevant issues.
Analysis of Economic Data
You’ll learn about the skills in data analysis that make up an essential part of the work of an applied economist. This will include carefully chosen applications of methods and techniques that permit insightful analysis of data, the specification and testing of hypotheses, and estimation techniques. The class is taught via short videos, lecture slides, textbook reading and lab worksheets, ensuring that you gain experience in both undertaking the analysis of economic data and in interpreting results.
In this class you'll explore key economic issues at the heart of topical energy questions – building on the University’s outstanding reputation as a centre of excellence in energy technology and policy.
The class covers the objectives of energy policy; private and social perspectives on energy supply and demand; the special case of regulation of energy markets; the use of economic models in energy analysis; the economics of oil and gas activity and links between energy use and the energy sector and an economy.
Fundamentals of Microeconomics
This class will introduce you to some key concepts and principles of economics, focusing particularly on consumer theory and the theory of the firm. You’ll be shown how these concepts and theories are applied to the analysis of a range of contemporary real world issues.
A growing, and increasingly important, part of the work of many applied Economists includes the economic analysis of environmental issues. Additionally, many professionals working in the fields of energy, the natural environment, or business more generally will find that their careers require some working knowledge of economic approaches to environmental problems. The main objective of this class is to provide a thorough grounding in the economics of the environment, with a particular focus on environmental protection in an international policy context, such as climate change the loss of biological diversity.
Climate Change Economics
Climate change will be the pre-eminent global political and economic issue of the 21st century. This class is intended to provide students with an overview of the basic model underlying the economics of climate change and the economic approach to climate change policy. It then goes on to describe the complications that need to be considered beyond this basic model in order to think about climate change policy in the real world.
Natural Resources, Sustainability and Governance
This class provides you with a comprehensive overview of natural resources, sustainable consumption and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) through consideration of such topics as:
- where natural resources are located
- how they are used and what are the key challenges facing consumption
- what policies are in place to protect natural resources globally
- how environmental change and degradation may impact natural resources
- how conflicts can occur over natural resources and the steps we can take to remediate this
Energy Industries and 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.
Energy Finance and Forecasting
This class provides students with a comprehensive and analytical overview of the energy finance system. This is done through consideration of such topics as:
- Corporate Finance
- Cost of Capital
- Energy Investment Appraisal
- Portfolio construction
- Energy Forecasting
- Energy Modelling
The class will provide the necessary foundational knowledge for studying other core classes in the course, and MSc EPECC students will get the opportunity to learn how the Finance function operates and how energy firms forecast and model energy prices.
Your summer project makes up 40 of the 180 credits required to receive your MSc award. While we expect that all learning throughout the degree will be helpful for the Summer Project, you can choose your topic from any area/issue in the field of Economics.
Every student will be supervised by an appropriate member of staff with expertise in the research area. This is your opportunity to develop a substantive piece of applied work on a topic that is of particular interest to you under the guidance of a supervisor.
In addition to providing a key opportunity to put into practice what you have learned during your MSc studies, this project will provide useful experience for your future careers. We're also able to supervise students who are sponsored by their employer and wish to work on a topic of interest to both them and their employer.
You can choose a total of 30 credits from the list below. These classes are offered by the Department of Economics. We recommend taking these in the second year of study.
Games of Strategy
In this class you will study decision making in strategic scenarios where the outcome of a decision depends not only on your decision but also the decisions made by others. This is a key class for those considering careers in industry where competition is crucial and effective market strategies are vital to the success of the business. You will learn how to make effective decisions in such environments and to gain an advantage over your competitors.
Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
You’ll learn about key macroeconomic variables and how changes in GDP, unemployment and inflation can impact on day-to-day policy and business decisions. You'll also study objectives and challenges in the design of macroeconomic policies by central banks and government’s finance departments and gain an understanding of how policies impact on the macroeconomic environment.
Topics in Public Economics
This class builds on the knowledge acquired in Foundations of Business Economics to explore the role of government and public policy in the economy. You'll learn about why governments often intervene in the economy when markets do not operate as planned, and gain an understanding of the trade-offs faced when intervening. You'll also learn about how public utilities operate and why and how they are regulated.
This course will enable you to understand global trends and to study the key drivers of international economics, including how exchange rates move; what determines flows of international investment; and why some countries grow more quickly than others. With the global economy becoming ever more integrated, understanding of these issues is important for the applied Economist working within business, consulting and policy.
This class will introduce policy relevant issues and knowledge in the economics of development. Lectures will combine insights from theoretical economic models with policy-relevant empirical evidence on in low-income countries. Moreover, through the thorough analysis of empirical research, the class will assist students in developing skills required to make an effective contribution working as an applied economist.
Health Economic Policy
This class provides you with an introduction to health economic policy, a key area for their potential future careers. The purpose of this course is to develop your ability to use economic concepts and theories to analyse existing issues in the health care market and to inform decision making and policy development. The class will provide you with an overview of policy issues from both an academic and practitioner perspective. The class will also focus both on technical skills that are needed to do research in the area of health economics, as well as on policy implications and discussions. Due to its focus on policy evaluation, the course will provide a supporting function for you to proceed to the Summer Project study.
Economics of Inequality and Inclusive Growth
Understanding what drives inequalities in economic outcomes is a key aspect of modern economic thinking. Many of the drivers of such inequalities are cross-cutting, covering a range of economic issues from changes in economic policy through to the overall macroeconomic environment and the changing nature of our modern labour market. This class is designed to
- raise the awareness of the different roles for economic analysis in the formulation of effective policies aimed at tackling inequality and reducing poverty
- develop policy-relevant understanding of current issues inclusive growth enabling students to effectively contribute as an applied economist
Learning & teaching
Core and elective classes will be taught across two semesters running from September to December, and January to March.
All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on our range of full-time courses. They will guide and support discussion via forums. You'll have full access to our user-friendly Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Benefits of using the VLE include:
- anytime, anywhere learning
- access to tutors throughout your course
- continuously updated, dynamic, interactive online materials
- online group discussions
- live question & answer sessions
- live conferencing
The summer project is undertaken between May and August after completion of the second year of the programme.
Classes are assessed by a mix of written individual and group assignments, weekly tasks and examinations. Exams will take place at the end of each semester in December and April/May.
The breadth of information you learn from this course stands students in good stead for their future in the energy industry. Also, as there were students from such a mix of backgrounds (from engineering to international business), you were able to learn and appreciate alternative viewpoints.
The course has equipped me with the many invaluable skills that will help me solve complex and emerging issues in the energy sector. I have also been able to acquire analytical skills and learnt more about the techniques that will make me become a competent and effective problem solver than I was before joining the program.
I wanted to work in the core energy and sustainability sector by focusing on energy management, which drove me to pursue a Masters in the UK. Furthermore, I wanted to focus on the economic and policy aspect of energy and Strathclyde had the course structured exactly to cater for my career goals.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for part-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.
All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.
Annual revision of fees
Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.
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Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
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Energy is the largest and most critical industry in the global economy today, and climate change is a significant driver of change in the energy sector. Employers are seeking out skilled graduates to work in the energy industry and in the fields of climate change, environment and sustainability. As a graduate of the MSc Economics & Policy of Energy & Climate Change, you'll be well placed to manage the complex challenges facing the energy and the environmental sectors in the 21st century.
Some of the recent graduates of the MSc Economics & Policy of Energy & Climate Change have been employed in the following roles:
- Senior Engineer | Scottish Power
- Energy Consultant | Schneider Electric
- Energy Economics Consultant | ARUP
- Senior Economist | OFGEM
- Project Manager | Energy and Environment, United Nations Development Programme
- Business Analyst | Sgurr Energy
- Energy Analyst | Atlantic Super Connection
- Intraday Power Trader | Centrica
- Energy Markets Analyst | Wood Mackenzie
- Energy Portfolio Management | Mytilineos S.A.
- Research Associate in Marine Energy | Edinburgh City Council
- Senior Consultant | ERM (Environmental Resources Management)
- Senior Analyst | EDF Energy
- Project Leader | Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
- Chief Executive Officer | Georgian International Energy Corporation
- Asset Management and Trading | Iberdrola
- Wealth Management Associate | Morgan Stanley
- Assistant Solar Project Engineer | Solsist Energia, Brazil