Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Energy Politics and Law

Programme Details

MSc: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time 
PgDip: 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time


The degree is designed for students wishing to develop an advanced knowledge in energy management, regulatory agencies, stakeholder engagement, and NGO/policy advisory roles.   

This programme will provide students with the ability to analyse energy political and legal issues and also give them knowledge about energy economics. Courses offered involve the politics of energy and of electricity market reform; how economics and legal issues affect political and commercial decisions in energy; how the law affects the oil and gas industry; commercial domestic and international political regulation of energy markets; the politics and law of renewable energy; international energy security issues such as oil crises, and the law and politics of climate change. Efforts will be made as far as is practicable to furnish opportunities for direct engagement through work experience or collaboration in writing dissertation projects with the energy industry. The Programme will equip students with an in-depth, all round ability to analyse energy issues and enable them more easily to find employment in an energy-related activity. This will be done in the setting of the key centre – Aberdeen - of the energy industry in the UK. 

The degree works both as stand-alone programme for students wishing to enhance their knowledge of this area to an advanced level, as well as providing the necessary foundation for students wishing to pursue a PhD in the social sciences.

Contact Information

Dr David Toke
Programme Coordinator


CORE COURSES:          
Energy Politics (1st semester, 15 credits), Introduction to Energy Economics (1st semester, 15 credits), International Energy Security (2nd semester, 30 credits); Project (3rd semester, 60 credits)


1st semester:  Low Carbon Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law (30 credits) and Oil and Gas Law (30 credits)


2nd semester:  Low Carbon Energy Transition: Nuclear Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage (30 credits) and Downstream Energy Law (30 credits)

The project element may be based on work experience or collaboration with an organisation involved in energy. 



Assessment methods vary from course to course and include essays, reports, exercises and presentations.  Courses are generally 100% continuous assessment. Students can obtain a Postgraduate Certificate on satisfactory completion of modules to the value of 60 credit points, or a Diploma in Energy Politics & Law should they exit with modules worth 120 credit points passed successfully.  The MSc in Energy Politics and Law requires the student to pass the project and the five module courses. The degree of MSc shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CAS mark of 9 or above in the Dissertation, irrespective of their performance in other courses.


Teaching will be delivered through the Department of Politics and International Relations (PIR), the School of Law and the Business School.  The Programme Director, Dr David Toke leads the teaching from PIR.  He has achieved a big reputation in both research and public policy impact in various aspects of energy, including renewable energy and international energy policy comparisons.


This programme will enable students to be plausible candidates to work in various aspects of the energy industry. This includes careers involving planning, work on legal aspects of energy, involvement in organisation of projects, project evaluation, policy research and guidance, provision of energy services and administration. This can be in a number of types of energy organisation ranging from the major utilities and energy companies through to independent companies, local government and national government and pressure groups and policy foundations interested in energy issues. Of course the masters degree will also help students to enter careers outside of the energy industry as well.

An upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional experience, for instance in some aspect of energy. References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).  For more information see 


Full details of tuition fees is available here


Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs. 

More Information can be found here.


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