2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 25,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
Equivalent English qualifications

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Degree overview

  • 100% of UniSA’s assessed research rated at or above world-class. 1
  • Understand energy systems and learn how to meet growing demand in a sustainable way.
  • Graduate with a joint degree from the University of South Australia (UniSA) and University College London (UCL).
  • Connect with industry through real-world projects and gain valuable experience while studying.
  • Benefit from academic and industry expertise at UniSA, one of the world's top young universities2 and UCL.
  • Study in London and Adelaide.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research
2 Ranked #25, 2020 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50



Offered in a dual-hemisphere mode this unique program gives you the opportunity to study in both the UK and in Australia whilst providing different perspectives on the global energy sector.

This 18 month program is designed to provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of contemporary theory and practice, in the sustainable management of the global energy industry.

By taking an industry focused multidisciplinary, systems approach, we'll prepare you for pivotal roles to shape the future of the energy sector.

Partner description

UCL is proud of its pioneering history, distinguished present and exciting future.black.png

UCL is a great place to be a student – here are some of the reasons why.

World-leading reputation

  • UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • 10th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • 29 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to people who are, or were, students or academics at UCL
  • UCL staff and students come from a total of 155 countries
  • UCL attracts the best and the brightest staff and students

UCL has the highest number of professors in any UK university

  • You’ll study with world-leading experts, and benefit from a program of distinguished visitors and guest speakers
  • You’ll benefit from outstanding individual attention for your studies
  • Our wide-ranging expertise across all fields of study provides opportunities for ground-breaking cross-disciplinary investigation

Worldwide connections
UCL's exceptional links and networks give you the opportunity to make contacts and gain valuable experience, as well as the chance to work on meaningful projects that have a positive impact on society.

UCL’s ongoing links with industry and other partners include: Arup, Cisco, the BBC, the EU, CERN, NASA, the UK Parliament, the UN, Dyson, Eisai, the British Museum, Microsoft, Intel and the EDF.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The program pairs current best practice teaching methods in a traditional setting with practical field trips, and industry focused research opportunities. All these
components enrich your experience - providing insight and an operational context.

This journey starts at UCL in London with courses on Geopolitics, Law, Renewable Energy and Resource development, providing an overarching background to the global energy sector.

You will then transfer to UniSA in Adelaide to study courses in Energy Management and Conservation, Energy Economics, Energy Projects and Social License to Operate, before undertaking a 6 month, research project supervised by sector experienced academics. You’ll graduate with a broad understanding of energy systems, and how they can be developed to meet growing global demand in a long term sustainable way. This will put you in a position to create systems that deliver reliable, sustainable energy.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Terms 1 and 2 London
Renewable Energy ENGG 5024 4.5 Note(s): 1
Law for Energy and Resources ENGG 5023 4.5 Note(s): 1
Research Methods - Qualitative ENGG 5025 4.5 Note(s): 1
Resource Development and Sustainable Management ENGG 5029 4.5 Note(s): 1
International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources ENGG 5022 4.5 Note(s): 1
Research Methods - Quantitative ENGG 5026 4.5 Note(s): 1
Study Period 4 Adelaide
Social License to Operate BUSS 5442 4.5 Note(s): 2
Energy Management and Sustainability ENGG 5021 4.5 Note(s): 2
Study Period 5 Adelaide
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 2
Study Period 6 Adelaide
Economics of Sustainability BUSS 5440 4.5 Note(s): 2
Study Period 7 Adelaide
Research Project 1 ENGG 5027 9 Note(s): 2
Study Period 1 Adelaide
Research Project 2 ENGG 5028 18 Note(s): 2

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

·         essays, assignments and projects

·         surveys, analyses and reporting

·         field work

·         group projects and reports

·         examinations  

·         research proposals and major project

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations. Through your studies you may become involved with the:

We also collaborate with prestigious research institutes, such as the Future Industries Institute.

Through our research concentrations, we conduct a wide range of research activities, including in:

  • autonomous and unmanned systems
  • systems integration and engineering
  • sustainable agriculture and energy
  • low energy housing
  • nanotechnology and nano-manufacturing
  • photonics and lasers
  • minerals and resources engineering
  • energy and advanced manufacturing
  • environmental science and engineering
  • biomaterials engineering
  • nano-medicine

Why Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Systems

Why this Degree

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), world electricity demand will increase by 70% by 2040 – driven mainly by the emerging economies of India, China, Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia.

With demand for energy on the rise, new disruptive technologies, potential resource supply issues and the need to move to a low carbon future, it is critically important to re-evaluate our current energy systems and move to more efficient and sustainable models.

In order to do this, it is important to take a systems view of energy and explore systems from many different perspectives. As part of this qualification, you'll build on your knowledge of the energy sector and come to understand energy systems from several perspectives including – social, economic, political, legal, technical and scientific.

You will go onto explore the full lifecycle of energy from resource development, energy generation, transmission, distribution and retail, as well as the regulatory and market constraints that shape their development.

Degree content is refreshed annually and informed by current global challenges that face the generations of today and the future. With the latest industry knowledge embedded in the degree you'll work towards solutions to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

Real-world connections

The UniSA and UCL – under a new agreement – are working together to advance science excellence globally through joint education to deliver innovative outcomes for industry and graduates.

The partnership brings UCL’s world-leading research to Australia and interconnects with UniSA’s interdisciplinary and real-world experience approach.

UCL is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities. It operates in a global context and is committed to excellence, innovation and the promotion of global understanding in all its activities: research, teaching, learning, enterprise and community engagement.

UCL has been ranked as the number one UK university for research strength and is ranked 7th in the QS World University Rankings.


Research at UniSA

The Australian Research Council's 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) recognised the University of South Australia’s research in the area of Physical Chemistry (including structural) as well above world class. This research informs the basis of our science curriculum, and it is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. 

We are home to several research centres in the fields of biomaterials and nano-medicine, environmental science, phenomics and bioinformatics, energy, and minerals and resources science.  

As well as research, they provide consulting services to organisations and government. All have state-of-the-art facilities with world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is not available online.

Career outcomes

Your career

After graduation, you may seek a career in the energy sector covering:

  • Management
  • Consultancy
  • Economic Analysis & Forecast Modelling
  • Research

These roles may be found within government agencies or at any number of corporations involved in the energy chain cycle.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

My academic career has taken me to many places across Australia and in and out of university settings. After completing my PhD at Adelaide University I worked for a little while in fisheries research at the South Australian Research and Development Institute, before heading off to an ARC funded post-doctoral position at the University of Melbourne. I then took up a U2000 Fellowship at the University of Sydney for ~five years where I also I taught marine ecology, statistics and experimental design, before moving to a lecturing position at Deakin University. Then, leaving academia for about five years, I worked in industry in Western Australia, running large scale environmental monitoring programs for port and offshore oil and gas developments. I moved back to University College London about six years ago to teach and do research into sustainable management of natural resources, eventually ending up Head of Department for the UCL School of Energy and Resources in Adelaide.  I’m now lead for the UCL engineering group based in Adelaide and hold an adjunct position at UniSA.  More information about my research can be found at www.ermeresearch.com

AsPr Craig Styan

Program Director

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AsPr Craig Styan

Program Director


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