SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Applied Energy and Climate Studies (AECS)

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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. Lectures for this course take place at 5pm with a seminar at 4pm.

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 course will be taught over 10 weeks with one 90 minute lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week.

Method of assessment

  • Assignment one (2000 words); 20%
  • Assignment two (4000 words); 40%
  • Unseen written examination; 40%


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