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University of St Andrews: Energy Policy and Finance

Institution University of St Andrews View institution profile
Department Graduate School
Telephone 01334462032
Study type Taught


The challenge of creating a better energy future for us all is both urgent and complex. It is much more than a technical challenge – it is also a societal, policy, and financial challenge.

The MSc in Energy Policy and Finance has been specifically designed to match and address this complexity. This one-year programme will equip students with knowledge, critical insights, and practical skills necessary for understanding and helping to shape, manage and evaluate energy policy, and interpret and operate within energy markets and finance.

Emphasising the development of practical skills, and involving external partners from the realms of policy, industry, and finance, the MSc in Energy Policy and Finance offers more than an academic qualification. It equips students with the knowledge and competencies that will enable them to define and pursue new and diverse career trajectories in the field of energy – both within and outside of academia.

The MSc in Energy Policy and Finance provides students with the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking necessary to help shape better energy futures.

Over the course of this one-year masters programme, guided by world-class research leaders from the University of St Andrews, students will:

  • investigate energy circumstances and inequalities, particularly in the context of energy transitions climate responsibilities.

  • explore energy and climate change policy in historical and socio-political contexts, and develop skills in engaging with policy realm and conducting policy evaluation.

  • develop critical understanding of energy finance, and practical skills in financial analysis as it applies to energy markets and energy policy.

  • design and deliver an independent research project.

The course will be of particular value if you are looking to follow a career in energy policy, energy governance, energy industries and energy finance, or if you are planning to go into further energy-related research.

Highlights - Equips students with knowledge, understanding, but also a range of practical skills in energy policy and finance.

  • A comprehensive and integrated interdisciplinary character gives this programme a remarkable richness and depth compared with conventional energy degrees.

  • The course is specifically designed to connect academic learning with the development of personal and professional competencies and career trajectories.

  • Teaching is delivered by leading experts from across the University of St Andrews and its Centre for Energy Ethics, with input from external partners representing the realms of industry, policy, and finance.

The MSc in Energy Policy and Finance is a flagship course for the Centre for Energy Ethics. The Centre is truly interdisciplinary in its ethos, vision, and scope, bringing together researchers across the Arts, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences to create an inspiring dynamic and inclusive research environment in which to pursue issues of energy ethics.


The University of St Andrews

  • Scotland’s first university
  • Over 120 postgraduate courses.
  • Top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023)
  • Scottish University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • Top for Student Experience in the UK (NSS 2022).
  • 92% of students in work or further study within 6 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2018-19)


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