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Energy & Environmental Finance

The MSc in Energy & Environmental Finance aims to advance your understanding of finance theory, with specific focus on the practical aspects of energy-environmental financial markets. It encourages you to develop creative and analytical approaches to problem-solving in the energy-environment sphere and to enhance your interpersonal and leadership skills.

This course is aimed at graduates with a background in a number of different fields (including Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Environmental Science and Physics) who are keen to pursue a career in the energy and environmental markets sector. The part-time format option enables people currently in employment to combine weekly class attendance with working life. If you are in full-time employment, employer support is essential to undertake the part-time option as it requires class attendance during the working day.

What will I learn?
You will acquire a detailed understanding of the economic and financial processes and procedures associated with the energy and environmental markets sector. You will also develop the knowledge and skills (both professional and personal) necessary for a career in the area of energy and environmental markets.

After completing the MSc Energy & Environmental Finance you will have:

• A comprehensive understanding of firms' financial management decisions in the context of how they contribute to maximising shareholder value along with the scarcity of energy resources and liberalisations in various energy markets.

• A critical awareness of the operation and functions of energy commodity markets and the pricing implications.

• An enhanced knowledge of the principles and the developments in the area of environmental finance.

How will I benefit
As the only Masters in the world covering both energy finance and environmental finance, this course offers an unrivalled level of specialisation in global energy and environmental markets and significant career opportunities.

A strong emphasis on the development of interpersonal skills, leadership and problem-solving, as well as tracking recent developments, ensuring that graduates are well-informed on the industry and well-equipped to enter it.

In the summer term, students can choose from some summer term modules, or a research project, or in a small number of cases, from a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process for these, including potential interviews.

A springboard for a career in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, from commercial and investment banks, and energy and environmental exchanges through to national governments and multilateral banks.

Course features
The benefit of expertise - the invaluable knowledge of top-class academics combined with the participation of key figures from energy and environmental markets results in an especially rich and relevant curriculum.

A comprehensive, flexible curriculum – the breadth of the course content is reflected by the flexibility of the course (full or part-time) as well as the varied approach to assessment (examination, research papers, empirical projects, presentations, course work, internship/research project).

SCB Group sponsorship – the major biofuel and biomass brokerage firm SCB Group sponsor the semester 1 prize for the MSc in Energy & Environmental Finance, with cash prizes and summer internship opportunities available to the winning graduates.

Gaelectric - a rapidly growing leading renewable energy company with projects across Europe and North America, generously award the Gaelectric Prize to the top performing student in semester 2 of the programme.

Internship Opportunities - students on the programme have an opportunity to apply for a number of internship positions, allowing you to gain practical first-hand investment experience and draw valuable skills from industry professionals. Internships are typically 10-12 weeks in duration and there is flexibility if the company has a preference for an extended duration.

Company Presentations - throughout the year, companies and guest speakers from the energy/environmental sector come on campus to present their companies and potential career opportunities to the MSc Energy & Environmental Finance students. During the one-hour sessions, students learn about the companies, gather useful information related to career paths and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Global Community - study with a diverse group of fellow finance students from across the globe.

Entry requirements

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Environmental Science, Science, Computer Science, Physics or related area.

Candidates may be asked to sit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) subject to individual application.

English Language Requirements

Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants who have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined below.

The below qualifications and minimum scores are required to meet our English Language entry requirements. Pre-sessional language courses, whether in UCD or elsewhere, are not accepted in lieu of the requirements listed on this webpage.


1 year full-time (B386) or 2 Years Part-Time (B391)

Careers or further progression

The MSc in Energy & Environmental Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is highly regarded within the energy and the renewables industry. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors.

Commercial and Investment Banks
Energy and Environmental Consulting
Risk Management
Insurance companies
National Governments
Business Associations
Multilateral Banks

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at

Subjects taught

The curriculum encompasses the major theoretical aspects of energy and the environment in economics and finance, along with modules focussing upon the tools and techniques for evaluating a comprehensive range of global and regional energy-environment issues.

To complete the course you have the option of pursuing either a taught stream which involves a total of twelve modules (ten core modules plus two option modules in the summer semester), a research stream which involves ten core modules plus a research project (in the summer semester), or an internship stream which involves ten core modules plus an internship in the summer semester.

With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process for these, including potential interviews.

Core Modules:
Financial Econometrics

Quantitative Methods

Capital Markets & Instruments

Commodity Finance

Markets and the Environment

Financial Asset Valuation

Portfolio & Risk Management

Environmental Finance

Green Business

Energy Economics & Climate Change

Optional Modules:
Advanced Treasury Management

Management of Banking Institutions

Applied Investment Management

Research Project

Mergers & Acquisitions

Financial Modelling

Aircraft Finance

Option 1
Research Project

Option 2
Industry Internship

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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