MBA in Energy and Sustainability

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

Next start date

Autumn 2018*


February, June and October

Study options

1 year
full-time, weekdays



The energy sector is undergoing a period of significant change with the shift away from fossil fuels to lower or zero-carbon energy sources as well as the changing patterns in viability in exploration and development. This MBA programme is designed to create effective leaders able to address the issues and embrace the opportunities presented by this move towards sustainability.

Why study our MBA in Energy and Sustainability Degree?

This MBA opens up a range of career opportunities in the fast-growing renewable energy sector, as well as long-established fossil fuel industries such as oil and gas. It is aimed at professionals and graduates looking to progress into roles within organisations such as national energy companies, government agencies, global consultancies, and renewable energy businesses.

Real-world expertise
Developed with input from industry professionals, experienced academics and alumni, this MBA focuses on real-world application, making it a strong foundation for career progression, a career change, starting a business or enabling business growth in this field. You’ll be taught by people with expertise and experience, both professional and academic, across the energy sector — from oil and gas law to carbon capture and storage.

Energy Institute access
We work closely with the Energy Institute, the global professional body for the energy sector, so that you can have access to its extensive resources and professional development opportunities.

Awarded by University of Plymouth
Your MBA is awarded by University of Plymouth, a top UK university aged under 50 according to the Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2017. An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your MBA.

Study in London, the financial capital of the world
Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stakeholders and business leaders across many global markets and industries.

How is the course structured?

The MBA programme can be broken down into the following stages:

Stage 1

  • Energy Markets and Marketing
  • Management and Business Research
  • 21st Century Globalisation

Stage 2

  • Human Factor
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Sustainable Energy Management

Stage 3

  • Dissertation or Consultancy Project
  • Plus one elective (subject to demand):
    • Oil and Gas Economics
    • Energy Geopolitics
    • Energy and Climate Change Studies
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues

See full MBA in Energy and Sustainability programme specs

Note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

To start on Level 7, applicants require a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted)

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the course, you will need an IELTS minimum score of 6.5, 5.5 in all four components. Please refer to this guide (opens in a new tab) for all accepted English language qualifications.

Work experience is considered as part of the application process, but is not essential. Candidates with non-standard qualifications will be invited to attend for interview.

Non-standard entry:
Applicants who lack the normal programme entry requirements are positively encouraged to apply. In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Applicants will be interviewed to identify their aptitude for study at postgraduate level through relevant life or career experience, and other factors relating to professional qualifications. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of such achievements.

Accreditation of prior learning:
Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be subject to approval by University of Plymouth.

Further information can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learnings Regulations within the Consolidated Policies and Regulations Document.

We will not normally consider APCL’s older than 5 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning that is directly related to the APCL/APEL.


UK/EU student fees


International student fee


Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

*We have applied for designation for this programme from the Department for Education and are waiting for a decision. Until the decision is received we are unable to confirm the availability of student support. Visit the HEFCE website for more information.

How to apply

To speak to a dedicated course advisor about the MBA in Energy and Sustainability, please email or phone +44 (0)20 8516 7800