Energy Management BSc (Hons)

Study level: Undergraduate
HNC/HND courses
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The BSc (Hons) Energy Management degree course explores all aspects of the energy industry with a focus on sustainability running throughout the programme.

Year of entry

Location

CU London (Dagenham, London)
CU London (Greenwich, London)

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

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

Course code

NH82

Start date

September 2024
November 2024
January 2025
March 2025
May 2025
June 2025


Course overview

You will examine oil and gas exploration and production, renewable energy production and the social and environmental 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

  • This course is ideal for you if you wish to explore all aspects of the energy industry.
  • Recognised by the Energy Insitute you will be awarded free membership for the duration of the course.

Accreditation and professional recognition

This course is recognised by the following bodies1:

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. For full details of the benefits see their webpage Home Energy Institute.

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 successfully completing the first year will be eligible to receive a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Energy Management.

Modules

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

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 successfully completing the second year will be eligible to receive a Higher National Certificate (HND) in Energy Management.

Modules

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement can often be beneficial. Work placements2 usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or participating institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.

Modules

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits. 

    Optional

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.

    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.

Modules

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • The Research Project module seeks to enable you to develop your research skills focused on a specific problem area of relevance to the energy sector, and to develop a research project to address that question.

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


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 field2.

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, which is currently 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.


Teaching contact hours

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.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 30 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

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

Entry requirements

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.

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.

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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Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £7,950 per year Not available
EU £7,950 per year with EU support bursary**
£16,800 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £16,800 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our undergraduate finance page and see the University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of international scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our international scholarships page.

Tuition fees3 cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.

  • 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.


Facilities

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 suites4.

This course is also taught at our Dagenham campus.


Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you should know how to:

  • Analyse and learn about the 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.


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 renewable 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 potential career opportunities both in the UK and internationally within organisations like national and international oil companies, government agencies, local government, and global consultancies. Also with the growth of sustainability across every sector this programme opens up a wide variety of career opportunities. Career paths can include areas such as health and safety, sustainability and environmental advisers, carbon manager, net zero consultant, project management and policy roles, among others.


How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, 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.

    1Accreditations

    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 unpaid and/or 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, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any 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 UK (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.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2023/2024 contract is available on the website for information purposes however the 2024/25 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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