MSc Global Energy Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: Energy Institute
  • Application deadline: register your interest early
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Study with us

  • acquire in-depth knowledge of global energy systems
  • benefit from practical training in the management of energy-related issues
  • gain practical insight from leading energy experts
  • intensive course which aims to produce future leaders in the energy sector

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Why this course?

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

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

The course offers excellent opportunities to network with international energy specialists from a range of organisations. We've designed the course to maximise the opportunities for industry engagement. You'll also have the opportunity to take part in events organised by the Energy Institute and the Scottish Oil Club.

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What 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 elective classes. You'll gain a comprehensive analytical training and in-depth real-world knowledge of global energy systems. Hands-on training in the management of energy-related issues will help give you an unrivalled edge in the energy job market.

Summer project

You'll work on either a project which is based on an internship undertaken with an external organisation or on a desk-based research project, depending on your interests. Both will be supported by an academic supervisor. You'll be assessed on your ability to select and apply relevant theory and research methods. This work in both cases may be linked to an issue raised by, or a problem to be solved for, an employer. Final projects are submitted in August, which will complete your degree requirements.

I think that the GEM programme actually opens doors across the entire energy sector. Combined with your previous undergraduate degree and the professional skills that you have, the opportunities available are extensive.

Francisco Alvarez, Graduate

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Course content

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
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.


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 Policy & Politics

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence for the need to decarbonise our economies to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target, only a few countries have committed themselves to “net zero” strategies. Huge variation in countries’ energy policies persist.

This class asks why these differences are so persistent and turns to differences in political systems and institutions for explanations. Clearly, economic, financial, and technological dimensions all shape countries’ energy choices, but many of the differences we see in energy policies are down to politics.

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.

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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.

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 will 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 will also learn about how public utilities operate and why and how they are regulated.

International Macroeconomics

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.

Elective classes

You can choose elective classes from a wide range of options offered by:

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Learning & teaching

Core and elective classes will be taught across two semesters running from September to December and January to March. Classes will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, interactive project presentation sessions (group and individual ones) and seminar talks by external speakers. The summer projects are undertaken between May and August.


Every class will either have a class test or assignment during semesters 1 and 2. Exams will take place at the end of each semester in December and April/May.


The MSc 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. While on the course you will become a Learning Affiliate of the Energy Institute, which entitles you to free Energy Institute membership.

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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.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent in any subject (see our country pages for further information).

Applications are also welcome from candidates with significant high-calibre industry or government experience.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum of 6.5 IELTS score, with no individual score lower than 5.5. Get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

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

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Additional costs
Course materials

Class materials comprise textbooks and course handbooks. All of the compulsory handbooks are available to students free on MyPlace, our Virtual Learning Environment. Some classes may have a recommended core textbook which you may wish to purchase but copies will be available in the library.

Placements & field trips

Expenses related to field trips will be covered by the department i.e. transport and entry to sites. Students will be required to cover any travel costs associated with their summer project.

Other costs

Graduation gown hire.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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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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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. 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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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Energy is the largest and most critical industry in the global economy today. Employers are seeking out skilled graduates to work in the energy industry and related fields. As a graduate in global energy management, you will be well placed to manage the complex challenges facing the global energy system in the 21st century.

Recent graduates

Some of our recent graduates have been employed in the following roles: 

  • Senior Engineer | Scottish Power
  • Energy Consultant | Schneider Electric
  • Consultant | ARUP
  • Senior Economist | OFGEM
  • Research Associate | UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
  • Energy Analyst | Atlantic Super Connection;
  • Intraday Power Trader | Centrica
  • Energy Markets Analyst | Wood Mackenzie;
  • Research Associate in Marine Energy | Edinburgh City Council
  • Consultant |ERM (Environmental Resources Management)
  • Senior Analyst | EDF Energy
  • Project Leader | Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Chef Executive Officer | Georgian International Energy Corporation
  • Geophysicist | Chron Energy Limited
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Global Energy Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

Global Energy Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

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Contact us

SBS Postgraduate Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 553 6105 / +44 (0)141 553 6116


Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde
199 Cathedral Street
G4 0QU

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