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Student stories: Suman Basnet, Energy Policy MSc (online)


Suman Basnet Energy Policy MSc student

Suman Basnet, Energy Policy MSc (online) student

Suman Basnet is a self-employed renewable energy consultant based in Nepal.

In this blog, Suman tells us why he enrolled on our online Energy Policy MSc course, how he plans to use his Masters degree to implement sustainable policies in developing economies, and why distanced, online learning was the right option for him.

Why did you choose to study the online Energy Policy MSc at the University of Sussex?

Having worked in renewable energy development in Nepal for over three decades, I understand that policies can make or break emerging markets, especially in developing economies. I have also realised that polices result from complex interplays between many societal factors: political, economic, social, technical and others.

Therefore, to further enhance my expertise in renewable energy consulting, I wanted to gain specialised knowledge in energy policy formulation and implementation to come up with viable, sustainable options for energy policies in developing economies like Nepal. Not wanting to be away from my family and work for a prolonged period of time, I had been looking for a world-class but fully online Masters course in energy policy.

While searching for a suitable course, I came across the online MSc in Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. In addition to the contents of the course – which covers aspects of policy formulation and the links between energy policy and various facets of development – what further attracted me was its interdisciplinary approach and the fact it is based on real-world energy policy issues and state-of-the-art research. Furthermore, it was a fully online course, so I could do it from the comfort of home at my own pace. Its study requirements of about 20 hours a week over 2 to 4 years suited the pace at which I wanted to do my Masters studies.

What’s been your favourite module so far and what made it so engaging

I have really enjoyed all the modules I have completed so far and have found them very relevant and useful. I especially liked the module ‘Understanding the Policy-Making Process’ because it has helped me put in perspective why policies have or have not come about or been implemented well in my country.

How have you found online learning?

I have been able to easily adapt to online learning. Having had to use online conferencing platforms during the COVID pandemic for many professional meetings, I quickly learned how to use Zoom. The structure of online learning through Canvas was also very easy to learn quickly. I have also enjoyed being in a learning environment and collaborating with students from all over the world, and hope to do more of that in the remaining modules.

How do you manage your study time around other personal and professional commitments

I usually set aside time in the mornings and evenings for my studies. Having recorded live seminars has helped me to catch up when I am not able to join live.

How has this course impacted your career and/or personal development so far?

The Energy Policy MSc will provide me with the knowledge and skills to provide more effective consulting services. This includes making accurate diagnoses of policy issues and making implementable recommendations that will help clients to operationalise policies that drive rapid but sustainable energy development for all.

What advice would you give to anyone considering this online course?

The interdisciplinary nature of the Energy Policy course and also the flexibility and convenience that comes with online learning makes this course very attractive for anyone wanting to pursue a Masters degree in energy policy. It is state-of-the-art and at the same time responsive to reality, from the convenience of your home.


If, like Suman, you also want to drive real change in the energy sector — all while supercharging your career — learn more about Sussex’s world-leading online Energy Policy MSc today.