MBA in Energy and Sustainability

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth


February 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.

Also, we have access to the full range of market data and tools from including the Portfolio tool which allows you to track listed securities.

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, ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2018 (THE's list of the UK's best universities aged under 50). 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
  • Research Skills and Consultancy Planning
  • 21st Century Globalisation

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

Electives Group 1, subject to demand (choose one):

  • Oil and Gas Economics
  • Energy Geopolitics
  • Energy and Climate Change Studies
  • Enviromental, Social, and Governance Issues

Electives Group 2 (choose one):

  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project


See full MBA in Energy and Sustainability Programme Specs

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

For more details on the coure module please review the course Module Specifications.

See full MBA in Energy and Sustainability Module Specification

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 you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your postgraduate degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.5, 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing) or equivalent qualification.

Applicants to postgraduate programmes who hold a first degree (bachelor's degree) studied and awarded in the UK, or in a country that UKVI recognise as a majority English speaking country will be accepted in lieu of IELTS etc. but only if the degree was awarded 2 years ago or less.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

To commence this programme, the applicant will need to have a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum classification 2:2, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted).

In addition to the above all applicants must have a minimum of three years’ work experience. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence in the form of a satisfactory work reference which covers the period in question.

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.


Tuition fees


£9,900 per year


£11,700 per year

Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

How to apply

Applications to GSM London for a postgraduate programme can be made direct to us using the application form here or made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here.  All available programmes from GSM London are listed on the UCAS website.  There is no cost to you for applying directly to GSM London or through UCAS for a postgraduate programme.

Please note the application deadlines if applying through UCAS which can be found here along with further guidance.

If at any point you require any information, advice or guidance please do get in contact with our Course Advisory team by clicking here.

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