Energy Policy MSc (online)

Key information

Taught 100% online, this flexible course offers you the opportunity to study Sussex’s internationally renowned Energy Policy Masters from wherever you are in the world.

Course start dates: 
There are six start dates every academic year, providing maximum flexibility for our students;

January 2019 | March 2019 | May 2019 | July 2019 | September 2019 | November 2019

Course fee:  £11,450  
More information on fees, scholarships and funding can be found below. 

Course overview

Develop the skills required to contribute to the global transition to sustainable energy.

This course will help you develop the critical and systemic thinking needed to steer the shift towards sustainable energy in the public, private and third sectors. Building on the influential research of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), you’ll be taught by leading academics who are developing new interdisciplinary thinking in energy policy and applying this to contemporary challenges around the world.

This unique MSc offers a broad-based, social science training in energy policy. Incorporating ideas from economics, political science and innovation studies, there is a focus on the role of innovation throughout the course.

Teaching is interdisciplinary, practical and applied. You’ll focus on real-world policy problems and learn the skills required to analyse them, and propose viable policy solutions.

Applicants do not require any prior training or education experience in the subject area, just a passion to drive change.  

If you want to find out more about Sussex's bespoke Virtual Learning Platform and what it's like to learn online with us, register now to attend our next Energy Policy Masters webinar and see a live demon of the platform and take a tour around. 

This course is part-time and can be completed in a minimum of two years and maximum of four. Students have the opportunity to pause their studies if their work or life commitments require.

Why choose this course?

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, one of the largest energy policy research groups in the world.

Teaching on the Energy Policy MSc focuses on contemporary challenges and debates within the energy sector. You’ll learn from academics who are actively developing and delivering policy for governments, organisations and NGO’s and driving real change around the world.

This Masters provides the flexibility to explore issues and debates relevant to your own interests and national contexts. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to work in government, NGOs and private companies in whichever country you choose.

The University of Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

This online Masters course is delivered flexibly, fitting around your time and financial commitments. Modules start every two months and if you need to take a break from the course at any time you can step off and on again as required*.

*Maximum study break times apply.


  • Introduction to Energy Policy
  • Policy analysis
  • Understanding the policy making process
  • Science, technology and innovation 
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Energy justice 
  • Quantitative research methods for Energy Policy
  • Perspectives, methods & skills
  • Governing energy transitions
  • Energy and development
  • Energy and economic growth
  • Energy Policy capstone project

Further module details 

N.B This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. 

Typical entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent.

To apply for this course please email our admissions team - 

Further information on applying for online Masters courses. 

Academic expertise

Dr. Karoline Rogge

Course Director

Karoline is the Course Director for the Energy Policy MSc (online). She is Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation within the Science Police Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex and Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group.

Karoline joined Sussex in 2013 from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI), Germany, where she worked on energy and climate policy and continues to be affiliated with as Senior Researcher.

Karoline’s research focuses on the role of policy mixes for low-carbon energy innovation and transitions, such as the German Energiewende. Her research is interdisciplinary, combining insights from economics, innovation, transition and policy studies.

Karoline has advised policy makers in Germany, Luxembourg, China, the UK and the EU on climate policy and innovation. Prior to joining academia she was as a consultant to the World Bank and OECD.

Karoline has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2016.

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Professor Steven Sorrell

Professor of Energy Policy

Steve joined the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in 1991 having previously worked as an electrical engineer. Steve is a specialist in energy and climate policy and is internationally recognised for his work on rebound effects from improved energy efficiency. Steve's research is problem-oriented, interdisciplinary and applied, focusing in particular on energy demand and resource depletion.

Steve is Co-Director of Sussex’s Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions, member of the Sussex Energy Group and Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College.

Steve has consulted for UK government departments and agencies (e.g. BEIS, DEFRA, Environment Agency), the European Commission, international agencies (e.g. UNIDO, WEC), private sector organisations and NGOs.

As Professor of Energy Policy, Steve convenes modules on Policy Analysis and Energy and Sustainability.

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English Language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to obtain and provide evidence of English proficiency at IELTS Level 6.5.

Fees, funding and scholarships

Course fee: £11,450 
Cost per module: £955 

Course fees will remain fixed for 24 months from the student’s first enrolment. Thereafter, the course fee will rise at a rate of 2.5% per calendar year (subject to rounding for administration purposes). 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information on funding for master’s students.

Science, Policy and Research Unit (SPRU)

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