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Build an innovative career in energy policy

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Are you ready to be part of an innovative future for energy policy? The University of Sussex’s Energy Policy MSc (online) is an interdisciplinary course which incorporates ideas from economics, political science and innovation studies, with a key focus on the challenge of climate change and the role of innovation in global policies.

Based in the University of Sussex Business School, internationally recognised amongst the UK's top schools for energy economics research, this course gives you access to world-renowned academics from Sussex's Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Sussex Energy Group.

Experts from SPRU are recognised globally for leading research in science, technology and innovation. The Sussex Energy Group, based within SPRU, is known as a leading social science research group specialising in energy and climate policy, focusing in particular on the transition to sustainable, low carbon energy systems.

Creating sustainable, low carbon energy systems is a defining challenge for humanity in the 21st Century and one that requires an understanding of the technological, economic and political dimensions of sustainable energy.

The course covers a wide range of substantive topics, including:

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy and innovation policy
  • Carbon pricing and policy mixes
  • Green industrial policy
  • Energy access in developing countries
  • The economics of energy efficiency
  • Nuclear power and waste disposal
  • The politics of energy transitions and
  • Energy justice

Teaching is focused on contemporary challenges and debates within energy policy, including the tensions and trade-offs between different interests and objectives, the effectiveness of current policy approaches and the potential for win-win solutions. You will have the flexibility to explore issues and debates that are relevant to your own interests and national contexts, thereby equipping you with experience, skills and knowledge that you can employ in your work.

This Masters attracts energy professionals from around the world. You will be encouraged to bring your own experience, knowledge, questions and voice to the classroom to expand the ideas, issues and questions explored and widen the perspective of views enhancing your own and each other's learning experiences. You will build a network of like-minded professionals and experts, who will support you throughout your studies and your career.

Learning flexibly

The course is delivered 100% online, giving you the flexibility to study at a time and pace which suits you and fit your Masters around your professional and personal commitments.

Teaching takes place within a specially designed online learning platform. Accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, you will participate in seminars, connect with academics and fellow students and access all the learning resources you need to successfully complete the course. Accessible via computer, tablet or smartphone; you can study whenever and wherever you like.

The online global context of study is further enhanced by our diverse learning community, with students and academics joining the university from over 100 countries. You'll access a wide professional network and create connections with like-minded professionals from around the globe.

Developing skills for a virtual world

By studying online, you will develop a range of transferable skills and grow confidence working within a virtual environment and within virtual teams from all over the world.

The skills gained from studying online are valuable to employers and organisations that work across countries and continents and want to deliver their strategies seamlessly across multiple regions, time zones and cross-culturally.

Make a lasting impact

As a graduate of this course, you'll have the expertise to lead the transition to renewable energy in public, private and third sector organisations around the world.

Graduates from this course* have gone on to careers at international organisations for example the OECD and UNDP; government departments such as the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Government of British Columbia; local authorities; businesses such as EDF and Unilever; NGOs such as the International Social Science Council and Green Jobs Alliance; and independent consultancies. Others have gone into academia or onto study further research.

Want to be part of an innovative future for energy policy? Find out more about the Energy Policy MSc (online).

*campus graduates.

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