The use of energy, whether it is electricity generation, transportation, heating/cooling and industrial consumption – is the most important driver of climate change by far. Therefore, addressing this urgent global challenge effectively requires transformational changes in the ways the world produces, consumes and governs energy. More than two decades of experience shows 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. This includes developing alternatives to emissions-intensive fossil fuels as well as transitioning economies around the world onto a secure, low-carbon and climate-friendly footing.
The MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy at SOAS University of London addresses precisely these issues, treating climate and energy policy as inextricably linked. You will study cases drawn from both the Global North and South to form the basis of your studies as you examine how policy is made, advocated and implemented – or sometimes prevented – around the world. In addition to practical skills in risk analysis, policy analysis and strategic advocacy, you will acquire theoretical knowledge of climate and energy policies. The MSc is rounded out by negotiation and media training as well as 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 ).
The knowledge and skills that you gain on the MSc could lead you to high level academic or professional engagement in the public, private or non-profit sectors. These include the areas of public administration, international organisations, corporations, think tanks, public affairs & advocacy or any number of other arenas where climate and energy policies are shaped.
Students will be able to benefit from the expertise located at several other departments at SOAS including 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. The MSc is designed for those already engaged with or planning a career in professional contexts relating to energy and/or climate policy.
If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting and timely program and are applying from Canada, please contact Barclay Educational Services. We are a recognized agent of SOAS University of London and provide free application assistance to students. (The University pays our fee.) Please email Jackie: JSB@barclayedu.com or call us at 905 632-0999.