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Hi all -

Any thoughts on choosing between the MSc in Environmental Technology (Energy Policy option) at Imperial College, versus MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change at LSE?

Postgrad looking to work in the private sector (energy industry or consultancy), focused on corporate strategy and sustainability. Any advice greatly appreciated!
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Based on what you are looking to do for work in the future I would recommend Imperial.
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as post said based on the industry you're trying to break into Imperial easily.
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Have you got an offer yet

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Hi lucykirkland, I have been offered a place on both courses as well, but am considering more the Imperial course as it has a very strong reputation in industry and I have been in touch with a number of former students on the EnvTech (Energy Policy Option) course and all of them though it was excellent (2 of them work for the World Bank, 1 for Sgurr Energy, 1 for the Carbon Trust, so a good career path). I am trying to get in touch with LSE students: so far only one, and she was not an economics undergrad (neither am I). She found the course interesting, but perhaps too theoretical and you would get more out of the course if you were an economics undergrad. The course is also fairly new compared to the Imperial course and its links to industry/practice are nearly as well developed. So, finally I am more than likely to go for the Imperial course for the career prospects, strong alumni network and energy is my goal rather than environmental economics per se - but it took a lot of time to come to this conclusion! Let me know what you go for....
Cheers, Paul
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this is perhaps better rival for the Imperial one:
http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/energy...gy-environment

The LSE one is likely to be preposterously costly for what is a degree in the social sciences. You'd be better served in going to York:
https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgra...cs-management/
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(Original post by cambio wechsel)
this is perhaps better rival for the Imperial one:
http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/energy...gy-environment

The LSE one is likely to be preposterously costly for what is a degree in the social sciences. You'd be better served in going to York:
https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgra...cs-management/
Well, I spoke to someone who did the UCL course and had studied at LSE previously, who said that the economics taught on the course was of a far lower standard than at LSE. On the whole, he was not very impressed with the course. But, it's early days.... Then again they have Michael Grubb who is a leading figure in energy policy and economics, senior adviser to Ofgem, wrote 'Planetary Economics' which I am slowly working my way through now, so it's an option - but it was my Plan C.

The Imperial course in Env Tech is actually more expensive than the LSE source in Environmental Economics & Climate Change and given that LSE is a world leader in economics and is the host of the Grantham Centre for Climate Change along with Imperial is probably a great place to study if you are interested in the economics and social impact aspects of climate change. That said York is also a good university, though I do not have any info on the Env Econo course. LSE has slipped down the rankings a little and London is expensive no matter where you study there.
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