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 first-hand experience of industry practice

Receive training in financial modelling, financial engineering and risk modelling

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 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 the evaluation of projects in the natural resources sector.

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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This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

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Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core and compulsory modules.

Core modules

Compulsory 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.

You will evaluate a resource project by conducting an independent analysis to determine whether it can be technically and financially successful. Your research will involve identifying a project that has not been initiated, but has enough technical and financial information to support your analysis.

You'll need to build a financial plan for this project and write a dissertation explaining the technical and financial findings of your analysis.

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.

Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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

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

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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