Metals and Energy Finance
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Metals and Energy Finance

Deepen your understanding of the technical and financial assessment of natural energy and mineral resources.

Deepen your understanding of the technical and financial assessment of natural energy and mineral resources

Gain hands-on experience of industry practice on a field trip to the Wessex Basin

Receive training in financial modelling, financial engineering and risk modelling

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • 2:1 in engineering, physical sciences or economics with a substantial mathematics component

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Course overview

Enhance your understanding of the technical and financial assessment of natural energy and mineral resources on the Master's course.

Run jointly by the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and Imperial College Business School, this course will help you understand the financial risk and uncertainty pertinent to this sector.

You'll carry out traditional minerals-related training directly applicable to a career in this industry and become familiar with key technical and geological concepts relevant to petroleum projects.

Training in financial modelling, financial engineering and the techniques of risk modelling will be provided.

An extensive field trip in the summer term will also allow you to gain direct industry insights and develop your practical skills.

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You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

Depending on the levels of mathematics that you demonstrate in your application forms, you will be allocated to the Science and Economics Group or the Engineering and Mathematics Group.

Those in the Science and Economics group will take an additional Foundation Mathematics module.

Those who have sufficient mathematics to fully benefit from the parts of the programme that depend on good quantitative skills (which should include everyone with engineering degrees) will be allocated to the Engineering and Mathematics Group and follow an additional Spanish Language Option.

If you are already proficient or fluent in Spanish then you may be offered advanced Spanish, French or Italian instead.

You'll review the geological processes that result in the generation, migration, entrapment and preservation of hydrocarbons on a field trip to the Wessex Basin. 

You’ll also take an excursion of at least 10 days to a region of active mining, downstream metal and mineral processing, and energy development. 

These trips will allow you to gain first-hand experience of all aspects of the extraction industry and put concepts and skills into practice.

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. It also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement with The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is renewed every 5 years, and the current agreement runs between 2018 and 2022.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Independent study

  • 51% Lectures and tutorials
  • 49% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • A document of written text
  • Field trips
  • Interactive lectures
  • Books for research studies
    Literature-based assignments
  • Person giving seminar
    Guest presentations
  • A group of people interacting
    Syndicate exercises and group work
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Video-recorded presentations

Balance of assessment


  • Examinations
  • Excursions
  • Dissertation

  • 43% Examinations
  • 28% Excursions
  • 28% Dissertation

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • Dissertations
  • Syndicate exercises (group work)
  • Appraisal sheets from field trips

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2023 entry


Overseas fee

2023 entry


Your future career

Wind Turbine

Learn the skills required to pursue careers in natural energy and mineral resource appraisal.

Power plant

Build relationships with professionals working in metals, energy, and finance

Oil derrick

There are potential internships available in the mining, oil, and gas sector, as well as investment banking.

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Typical career paths include financial services or roles in the minerals and petroleum industries.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications