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MSc Metals and Energy Finance

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

31500 GBP
18950 GBP
18950 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department of earth science and engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

This course covers topics such as mineral deposit studies, petroleum geology, minerals engineering, accounting, mathematical techniques in finance, and project management.

The programme:

  • produces graduates equipped to pursue careers in the technical and financial appraisal of natural energy and mineral resource projects;
  • offers traditional minerals-related training directly applicable to a career in the minerals industry;
  • introduces key technical and geological concepts relevant to petroleum projects;
  • enhances career opportunities in the financial services and petroleum industries;
  • provides the basis for an understanding of quantitative finance, accounting and strategic management within the context of technical principles that apply specifically to mineral and energy projects;
  • responds to the importance of the City of London as a global centre for mining and energy finance by providing knowledge of corporate finance, equity markets, debt finance, metals markets and associated derivative markets;
  • provides training in financial modelling, financial engineering and the techniques of risk modelling;
  • enhances entrepreneurial skills;
  • provides the skills needed to undertake independent research projects both in industry and in a university environment.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in engineering, the physical sciences or economics, with a substantial mathematics element. Appropriate experience, while not essential, would be an advantage.

International qualifications
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

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Course Modules

The course is intensive and runs for almost a full year, starting in early October and finishing in mid-September.

It comprises formal classroom-based teaching with practical classes and seminars in the autumn and spring terms.

Focus areas are:

  • Cash flow modelling
  • Mineral deposits studies
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Petroleum geology
  • Accounting
  • Mathematical techniques in finance
  • Resource evaluation
  • Metals and energy project appraisal and finance
  • Management of projects, markets and supplies
  • Minerals engineering
  • Extraction metallurgy
  • Quantitative finance and strategic management

If you have a background in mathematics, you will be required to follow a European language option. If you would benefit from supportive teaching in mathematical techniques, this will be offered as an alternative.

In March, you will join the Centre for Professional Development's module on mineral project appraisal and finance, which provides an executive overview of many key technical and financial issues covered by the MSc course. This enables you to understand how different components of the course interrelate and obtain independent perspectives of the relevance of what you have covered from the other delegates.

An excursion of at least 10 days to a region of active mining, downstream metal and mineral processing, and energy development will be arranged for the third and fourth weeks of the summer term. This is a key component of the degree course, providing first-hand experience of all aspects of the extraction industry. It also reinforces the practical application of the theoretical material covered in the first two terms.

You will be prepared for the planning and execution of your research project by classroom training in advanced techniques and developments in finance, science and engineering, and by your independent excursion report. During the formal teaching programme, you will be encouraged to identify topics of particular interest with a view to developing the basis for your dissertation.

Contacts with professionals working in metals, energy and financial organisations through the excursion and the continuing professional development module also provide opportunities for you to secure internships in the mining, oil and gas sector or the investment banking community, which can help with the generation of your research project. Work on the research project is undertaken between July and September.

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How to Apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

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