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How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 25000 per year

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About Energy, Trade and Finance at City, University of London


Who is it for?

Your peers on the course will be on average, 24, with a minimum 2.1 or equivalent bachelor's degree. It's likely you will have a few years' work experience either through an internship of full-time employment. You needn't have any prior knowledge of energy, commodities, shipping or finance, although you should be comfortable with quantitative methods (mathematics and statistics).


You'll emerge from this course fully equipped to operate effectively in this highly competitive international industry. You'll gain a solid foundation in energy economics, markets and trading, and be able to formulate strategy for fossil fuels, electricity and renewables. Your studies will encompass energy transportation, especially seaborne and are rounded off with extensive study of finance and financial markets and essential transferrable skills in accounting and IT. You can complement your core modules with optional modules and, if you wish, an independent research project.


What will you learn

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of generation from exhaustible and renewable sources, demand determinants, transportation, trading, pricing and risk.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of corporate finance, as well as financial markets, institutions and instruments.
  • Understand and critically evaluate current international issues in energy and commodities, finance and trade.
  • Formulate decisions in the energy sub-sectors of oil, gas, electricity, involving aspects such as refinery/petrochemical economics, energy transport solutions (pipeline/ship), generation and distribution of electricity, and managing energy risk.
  • Analyse factors affecting the energy, finance and commodity trade sectors.

Term 1

  • Managerial Accounting

    • 15 credits
    • 30 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 120 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    Introduces the principles of accounting and finance in business and the main techniques in management accounting, planning and control. Covers the interpretation and use of annual reports and accounts, financial and ratio analysis, and their use for managerial decision-making, and budgetary control systems.

  • Principles of Finance

    • 15 credits
    • 42 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 108 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    To cover essential skills and knowledge in finance that will assist you in gaining an in-depth knowledge in the subject area as it is later taught in Corporate Finance.

    The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the area of corporate finance. This will be achieved through the development of a common vocabulary and a set of tools that will assist students in gaining a basic understanding of what is corporate finance and it will lay the foundations for further study in this area.

  • Quantitative Methods

    • 15 credits
    • 55 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 95 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    Following the induction course, it covers descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as regression analysis techniques. Develops skills that are essential for other modules and the dissertation and is designed to ensure relevance to everyday business problems.

  • Research Methods for Trade and Finance Professionals

    Strong research is a key element of development strategy for companies and institutions, large and small. This module aims to provide a grounding in financial research, particularly financial modelling and information gathering which you will be able to use to support your learning on the rest of your course.

    The module will utilise specific training in a financial modelling package in order to provide a strong foundation for the in-depth and specialist teaching and learning of terms two and three of your course. You will also learn how to gather information through database research, which you will be able to use to support your learning, substantiate your arguments and make assessments about the nature of the evidence you are using. Finally, you will bring these skills together by working in small groups for the preparation and presentation of a business plan proposal.

  • Energy Economics

    • 15 credits
    • 30 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 120 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    This module provides the fundamental knowledge of energy market economics, upon which the rest of the degree is built. It is one of the four cornerstone modules which define the MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance.

  • Oil and Energy Transportation and Logistics

    • 15 credits
    • 30 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 120 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    The aim of the module is to equip you with tools necessary to think skilfully and maturely, but also independently, on matters relating to the transportation aspects of the energy industry. Industry trade journals and shipbroker reports contain vast information,

Term 2

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods

    • 5 credits
    • 18 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 32 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    Builds on the knowledge acquired in Quantitative Methods in Part one and focuses on skills required for advanced analysis in areas such as risk management and forecasting.

  • Corporate Finance

    • 15 credits
    • 30 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 120 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of modern corporate finance so that the corporate manager, the investment banker and the financial analyst will have the conceptual foundations for making informed corporate assessments of key financial decisions.

  • International Business and Financial Markets

    • 15 credits
    • 30 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 120 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    Covers the global economic and financial environment within which business corporations operate. Globalisation and integration of markets for debt, equity and risk management have created new opportunities in the capital formation process, but pose great difficulties in navigating successfully. Where should capital be raised? How does one manage the risks from certain currencies and certain sovereign regions?

    In the context of the globalisation of capital markets, considers the structure, functions and performance of financial markets on an international basis and how they facilitate real economic activity; and the role of institutions operating as global intermediaries within these same markets.

  • Oil and Energy Trading Economics and Finance

    • 15 credits
    • 30 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 120 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    This extended module provides the opportunity to focus on issues of particular importance to the specialist field of Energy, Trade & Finance.

  • Power, Agriculture and Metal Markets

    • 15 credits
    • 30 hours, over ten weeks, in lectures
    • 120 hours, over ten weeks, self directed study

    The aim of this module is twofold. On the one hand it supplements and expands the material covered in the Energy Economics and Oil and Energy Trading modules, by covering the power sector. On the other hand it completes the coverage of the broader commodity markets, by looking at the two commodity groups not covered elsewhere on the programme: agriculture and metals.

Term 3

Option 1: Students can take five specialist elective modules (5 x 10 credits).

Option 2: Students can opt to write a 10,000-word Business Research Project (40 credits)  and take one specialist elective module (1 x 10 credits).

Option 3: Students can opt to write a 5,000-word Applied Research Project (20 credits) and take three specialist elective modules (3 x 10 credits)

  • Business Research Project

    It is important for aspiring professionals to demonstrate, on an individual basis, their ability to apply concepts and techniques they have learned in an in-depth study of a topic of their choice and to organise their findings in a report, all conducted within a given time limit. To train you to undertake individual research and provide you with an opportunity to specialise in a contemporary business or finance topic related to your future career aspirations. You are required to submit a project of approximately 10,000 words on any subject area covered in the rest of the programme. Typical projects can involve any of the following: extracting data from electronic databases or by hand; statistical analysis of large or small populations; interviews; case studies of an industry or a sector or of a business / finance issue in a particular country setting.

  • Applied Research Project

    The aim of this module is to enable you to demonstrate how to integrate your learning in core and elective modules and then apply this to the formulation and completion of an applied research project.

    You will be required to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout your MSc study. You will undertake a short piece of applied research on a question of academic and/or practical relevance. Guidelines will be provided in order to help you identify the research question. Based on your chosen topic, you must write a report of around 3,000–5,000 words that summarises and critically evaluates your method and your findings.

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Assessment methods


We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eleven core courses (10-20 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)


  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)


  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.
Term dates

Term dates

Term dates 2018/19

In-person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018

Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018

Term I
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019

Term II
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

Term III
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test  will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2019

Official Course End Date
30 September 2019


How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • IELTS result
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

Entry requirementsEnglish language requirementsEntry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
  • Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred
English language requirements

English language requirements

  • If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
  • If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.

Career pathways

Graduates from the course are typically employed in positions related to energy, metals and agricultural commodities, shipping/freight operations, finance, consultancy and industry. Types of organisations employing trading houses include:

  • Commodity trading houses (e.g. Glencore, Trafigura)
  • Oil & gas companies (e.g. Shell, ENI, Total)
  • Professional services and specialist consultancy firms (e.g. KPMG, PwC, Wood McKenzie)
  • Shipping companies
  • Export/Import companies

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course


£25,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

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