SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview and entry requirements

The MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy degree programme addresses important issues of our time. The use of energy – electricity generation, transportation, heating/cooling and industrial consumption – is the most important driver of climate change by far. Effectively addressing this urgent global challenge therefore requires transformational changes in the ways we produce, consume and govern energy. More than two decades of political contestation have shown that a supportive policy environment – meaningful and consistent domestic laws and regulation underpinned by ambitious international treaties – is the only way to affect these changes, develop alternatives to emissions-intensive fossil fuels and transition economies around the world onto a secure, low-carbon and climate-friendly footing.

The MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy addresses precisely these issues, treating climate and energy policy as inextricably linked. Cases drawn from both the Global North and South will form the basis of your studies as you examine how policy is made, advocated and implemented – or sometimes prevented – around the world. You will acquire theoretical knowledge of climate and energy policies as well as practical skills in risk analysis, policy analysis and strategic advocacy. The MSc is rounded out by negotiation and media training and a week-long study tour to key institutions in the energy and climate policy space in Brussels and Paris, such as the European Commission, various energy lobby groups, and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The MSc programme draws on the teaching and research strengths of Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and of the SOAS departments of International Politics, Law, Economics and area studies (especially of Asia, Africa and the Middle East) as well as a wide range of languages. In particular, students will be able to benefit from the expertise located at the Centre for Environment, Development and Policy (CEDEP), the Law School's Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC), the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security (CEPES), the Centre for Water and Development, and the SOAS Food Studies Centre.

Students on the MSc GECP may have the opportunity to participate in CISD's Study Tour of energy and climate-related organisations in Paris and Brussels, although this is in addition to the programme of study and cannot be guaranteed.

The MSc is designed for those engaged with or planning a career in professional contexts relating to energy and/or climate policy.

See Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Why study MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy at SOAS

  • you will gain an indepth understanding of the nature and development of global energy and climate policy, drawing on a variety of contributing disciplines
  • you will gain an excellent knowledge of regulatory challenges and their impact on public and private stakeholders in both the Global South and North
  • you will be able to critically contribute to contemporary policy debates about reforms of international energy and climate governance architectures and their interaction with national and sub-national policy and regulatory frameworks
  • you will develop practical skills including policy analysis and policy advocacy, risk analysis, strategic communication and media

Who should apply

We welcome applications from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds.  It is not necessary to have a degree in a discipline directly related to global energy and climate policy.

Each application is assessed on its individual merits and entry requirements may be modified in light of relevant professional experience and where the applicant can demonstrate a sustained practical interest in the international field.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4840

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in a relevant subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

Featured events

One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part time).

Fees 2022/23

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2022/23 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found on the Postgraduate tuition fees page




Students take taught modules to the value of 120 credits, PLUS dissertation (15PFFC999) worth 60 credits.

Credits must be taken in the following combination:



Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation MA International Studies and Diplomacy 15PFFC999 60 Full Year
List A

Compulsory modules

Module Code Credits Term
Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 30 Full Year
List B

A minimum of 45 credits from List B

Module Code Credits Term
Risk and Policy Analysis 15PFFH007 15 Term 2
Global Advocacy 15PFFH012 15 Term 2
Global Public Policy 15PFFH015 15 Term 1
International Economics 1 15PFFH016 15 Term 1
730 Anthropology and Climate Change 15PANH070 15 Term 2
Green Finance 15PECH030 15 Term 2
Climate Change Law and Policy 15PLAC154 1.0
List C 

A maximum of 45 credits from List C (including PG Open options)

Module Code Credits Term
History and Future of the United Nations 15PFFC031 30 Term 2
Methodology in the Social Sciences 15PPOH060 15 Term 1
Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation (Development Studies) 15PDSH049 15 Term 2
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law, Environment and Social Justice 15PLAH067 15 Term 1


Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy students take taught modules to the value of 120 credits plus a 60 credit dissertation.

The programme may be taken in one year (full-time) or in two or three years part-time with the schedule designed to allow participation by those in full-time employment. Participants may choose a combination of courses to meet their professional needs and personal interests. The programme is convened on a multi-disciplinary basis, and teaching is through lectures, tutorials and workshops conducted by SOAS faculty and visiting specialists.

The Centre endeavours to make as many of the courses for Global Energy and Climate Policy (GECP) accessible to part-time students. The majority of CISD lectures are at 6pm where possible, however lecture times will be rotated on a yearly basis for some courses (between evening and daytime slots) so that part-time students will have access to as many courses as possible over the duration of their degree. Associated tutorials are repeated in hourly slots with the latest taking place at 8pm. Students sign up for tutorial groups at the start of term and stay in the same group throughout the academic year. There is a minimum of two and a half hours formal teaching a week (lecture and tutorial) for each GECP course taken. Practical exercises may take place at weekends.

Teaching includes

  • Theory and practice of global energy and climate change policy as intertwined global issues
  • Practical toolkit including policy analysis and planning, risk analysis, strategic communication, policy advocacy and negotiation skills
  • Interaction with policymakers and government officials, energy industry and NGO representatives, and other practitioners
  • An elective from a wide range: International Relations, International Law, International Economics, International Security, Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World or a course offered by other SOAS departments (eg, Development Studies, Politics, Economics, Law)

Further activities

Also included in the degree programme:

  • Week-long study trip to energy and climate change related organisations in Brussels and Paris
  • Advanced media and communication skills training by current and former BBC staff
  • Participation in workshops attended by public and private sector stakeholders
  • Opportunity to organize and run the Centre’s annual Energy and Climate Policy conference
  • Guest lectures by leading scholars and senior practitioners (listen to CISD podcasts)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants, per academic year (Band 3 tuition fee) 

Full-time  Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
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£17,000 £24,650 £8,500 £12,325 £5,610 £8,135

Fees go up each year, therefore your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Postgraduate tuition fees page.

Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2022-04-05 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section



The knowledge you gain on this MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy lead s graduates to high level academic or professional engagement in the public, private or non-profit sectors, including:

  • public administration
  • international organisations
  • corporations
  • think tanks
  • public affairs
  • advocacy
  • and any number of other arenas where climate and energy policies are shaped.

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A Student's Perspective

"I applied for the masters in Global Energy and Climate Policy at SOAS because the course description was ideally suited to my academic interests and career ambitions. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in contemporary energy and climate issues, and the associated dark arts of policy and politics. Press coverage of real life events often coincided with a particular lecture topic, which was testament to the relevance of the course content to today’s challenges and opportunities. All in all, this was an excellent course addressing timely and topical issues, taught by enthusiastic and very knowledgeable lecturers in a first class establishment."

Tim Rippon


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