Energy Management BSc (Hons)

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The BSc (Hons) Energy Management degree course explores all aspects of the energy industry.

Year of entry


CU London (Greenwich, London)

Study mode



4 years sandwich
3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Course code


Start date

September 2023
November 2023
January 2024
March 2024

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

You will examine oil and gas exploration and production, renewable energy production and the social and environment impacts of these processes.

Course content and assessments have been designed to help you develop both theoretical knowledge and understanding, as well as the practical skills to enhance your career and academic opportunities.

Climate change, and the need to make our energy sources as efficient as possible, is arguably one of the most important struggles faced by our generation. There has never been a more important time to understand energy.

Why CU London

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is recognised by the following bodies:

The Energy Institute (EI)

The Energy Institute (EI)

CU London is a Learning Affiliate of the Energy Institute (EI). Students who undertake this course will be awarded free membership with the Energy Institute for the duration of the programme. Benefits of this free membership include access to a wide range of professional resources, an e-library, monthly magazines, networking opportunities, CV development and more.

In November 2021, our Energy Management team were shortlisted by the Energy Institute for an International award in the category of Talent, Development and Learning.

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I discovered there aren’t many women in the Energy Management industry and that it’s a very fast developing one. I grew a passion for the course - how things can be managed and its scope from market to final project execution. I love the challenge and seeing the outcome - it makes me very excited and motivated to study this course.

Emmanuella Kouakou, Energy Management graduate, quoted 2022
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What you'll study

Energy Management is a varied and interesting topic to study, made extremely relevant by the growing importance of climate change.

Studying these subjects not only provides an exciting insight into what is considered a life supporting area, but also develops key transferrable communication, numerical, digital and time management skills.

In year one you are introduced to the fundamentals of energy management. Students who choose to exit the course after completing the first year will be eligible to receive a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Energy Management.


  • This module will explain the history and importance of the oil, gas and wider energy industry to the global economic system. It will explain the current structure of the industry and provide a brief understanding of the technical process of exploration, production, refining, transportation and distribution. Finally, the module will explore oil, gas and wider energy industry geopolitics and trends.


  • This module considers the history of geology and geophysics, and the developments of these techniques in recent times. It will provide a detailed understanding of how the application of geological and geophysical techniques play a central and critical role in the exploration for oil and gas in onshore and offshore environments around the world.


  • This module introduces the external business environment in which organisations operate. It focuses on both the microeconomic and macroeconomic environment. Emphasis is on real world applications within the energy sector to economics and the wider business environment, such as the cause and impact of economic instability.


  • This module considers the concepts of sustainability and provides an innovative study of global mega-trends, Earth System Science and environmental limits. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between the physical processes and the energy industry. Renewable energy has a role to play in this and as such students will assess the social and environmental advantages and disadvantages of energy production and consumption.


During year two, emphasis shifts to the examination of conceptual themes and approaches present in energy systems management. You can expect to adopt a more systematic, critical and individualised approach when considering competing explanations of change in the principle areas of the subject. Students who choose to exit the course after completing the second year will be eligible to receive a Higher National Certificate (HND) in Energy Management.


  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) have become a critical component of management systems and strategies in various industries and organisations across the globe. This module will equip students with the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to efficiently and effectively identify, assess, evaluate and manage the various risks and hazards associated with activities within the Energy industry in a safe and legally acceptable way.


  • This module considers the problem of climate change alongside decentralised energy as part of the solution.

    Climate Change: The Science and the Symptoms

    Often described by politicians as the biggest threat to humanity, climate change is viewed by many as the most pressing issue facing the world today. This module aims to examine in detail the science of climate change so that the student can begin to formulate their own critical opinion of the subject.

    Decentralised Energy

    Using a range of case studies/scenarios this module explores what the options are, the challenges in developing and maintaining these small scale renewable projects and the benefits that they can bring in both the Global North and the Global South


  • This module provides students with the skills and ability to apply a range of tools and techniques to the management of projects and systems in the energy industry.

    This module gives an introduction to the key issues, skills and language involved in managing projects by exploring project management tools, techniques and terminology in the energy industry.


  • This module builds on research skills in stages one and two of the course as students develop an initial project aim and objectives, followed by a detailed literature review, finishing with a complete project proposal for their project.


An optional placement or sandwich year gives you the chance to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between years two and three. If you decide to take advantage of a placement year this version of the degree will help you acquire valuable work experience and gain an understanding of what employers seek in graduates. It is your responsibility to find a placement with an employer within your chosen sector. The careers and employability department, alongside the course team, will support you throughout your placement year.


  • Optional

In the final year you will produce a plan for an individual research project which you will then implement by yourself. This activity seeks to develop vital transferable skills beyond the academic discipline such as personal organisation, sustained motivation and critical thinking. By successfully completing the final year, students will achieve a BSc (Hons) Energy Management.


  • This module enables students to plan the production from a green field on-shore reservoir. This will include the number and locations of wells, the selection and location of all surface facilities, including pipelines, and the economic assessment.


  • This module develops students’ knowledge of the business economics and international trade and applies it directly to the energy industry. The module will focus on the refining process, energy markets, transport and the economics and variables that drive them. It also aims to analyse concepts of economic price formation and market dynamics.


  • This module considers how organisations are governed and how they are addressing sustainability challenges. Students will review the types of law and policy instruments as applied to environmental risk management and identify the benefits to organisations of achieving and moving beyond compliance. Students will also learn the requirements and significance of ISO standards and how to audit against the requirements of a standard.


  • The Research Project module enables students to develop their research skills focused on a specific problem area of relevance to the energy sector and to develop a research project to address that question.


How you'll learn

This course is available as a full-time three year or optional four-year sandwich course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field.

Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work. Additional support is available via email and our online learning platform, Aula.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

You can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week, made up of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, online classes and independent learning.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.


The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, laboratory experiments, tutorial tasks and assessments, which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown:

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Exams

Job ready

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse and learn about mitigation of the environmental, political and social impacts of global energy production and consumption, including both academic theories and international standard procedures.
  • Explore the flows of energy and matter in natural systems, and their role in supporting life and the nature, organisation, complexity, sustainability and interconnections of human systems globally.
  • Apply economic concepts, principles and tools, and economic analysis of national and international oil, gas and energy institutions, processes and markets. Evaluate how economic factors impact upon energy policy for different global organisations and stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the issues and techniques involved in collecting, analysing and communicating energy information, and developing research design and execution skills within research on energy-related academic topics.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.

Entry level What we're looking for
HNC 64 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
HND 80 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
Degree 104 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year
This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Business Foundation Year will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Entry level What we're looking for
HNC 64 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
HND 80 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
Degree 104 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with a foundation year. Upon successful completion our Business Foundation Year will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on how to apply and travelling to and living in the UK.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3).

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK £7,950 per year Not available
International £16,800 per year Not available
  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.


You can study this course at our Greenwich campus, which provides an outstanding learning environment.

You will have access to our Library & Learning Services, fully equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites.

Careers and opportunities

The BSc Energy Management course aims to provide you with a mix of energy specific and general management knowledge and skills. The course also includes sustainability and environmental issues within the oil, gas and energy industries, so it's both current and forward looking in its approach regarding the diverse and changing energy landscape.

There are a variety of career opportunities both in the UK and internationally within organisations like national and international oil companies, government agencies, local government, and global consultancies. Career paths can include areas such as health and safety, sustainability and environmental advisers, project management and policy roles, among others.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2023/24 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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