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.

A version of this course is also available to be studied on campus.

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

January | March | May | July | September | October

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

Course overview

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 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’d like to find out more about learning online with Sussex book a call with one of our Admissions Advisors.

This Masters is taught 100% online and is part-time. The course 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.

A version of our Energy Policy Masters can be studied on campus on a full or part time basis, find out more.

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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.

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 Process
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Energy Sustainability
  • Energy Justice
  • Perspectives, Methods & Skills
  • Perspectives, Methods & Skills
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Energy Policy
  • Governing Energy Transitions
  • Energy and Development
  • Energy and Economic Growth
  • Energy Policy Capstone Project

Assessments will take place throughout each module and must be completed within the module teaching period for students to progress through the course/to the next module.

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

Further information on applying for online Masters courses.

Dr. Karoline Rogge
Professor. Karoline Rogge

Professor of Sustainability Innovation and Policy

Karoline is a 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 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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Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) need to supply evidence of IELTS (Academic) Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

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.

*Modules 1-11 = £955, module 12 = £945.

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