SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Risk and Policy Analysis

Module Code:
Taught in:
Term 2

The Applied Energy and Climate Studies (AECS) course teaches a core set of skills required of public, private and non-profit sector policy professionals operating in the energy and climate field, including: understanding cost-benefit analysis, life-cycle cost analysis and pricing developments, analysing and managing risks, writing policy analysis, assessing policy impacts, advocating and strategically communicating (policy) positions. Cases analysed are drawn from energy and climate policy but the skills profile taught contains elements of transferability to related sectors. The training is conducted through lectures and tutorials run in cooperation with external practitioners representing government, NGO, think tank, risk advisory and business backgrounds.

This course is compulsory for MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy students and will not be open to other CISD students. Seminars for this module take place in the afternoon.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Excellent policy analysis skills; formulate policy goals and objectives; identify scenarios and policy options; propose deliverables and effective implementation strategies.
  • Excellent ability to conduct policy-relevant research; understand and utilize complex data sets; analyse, assess and manage risks.
  • Demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of policy advocacy and lobbying for organisational, legal and political change at multiple levels.


The module will be taught over 10 weeks with a 2-hour workshop-style seminar each week.

Method of assessment

  • Assignment one (1500 words); 30%
  • Assignment two (3500 words); 70%


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules