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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE2355 Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy

10 creditsClass Size: 77

Module manager: Dr Jonathan Busch

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

SOEE2350 Energy: Science & Policy

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a broad outline of the basic principles of energy production, supply and consumption, and current energy policy debates in the UK. It will also explain some of the challenges facing the energy system such as climate change, energy security and affordability. The module will look at energy demand and supply and efforts to address the energy trilemma, by introducing new technologies, institutions, market arrangements and policies.


The objective of this module is to give students an appreciation of the UK energy system, its history and possible future transition.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:

- understand the current energy system; its technologies, institutions and interaction with society;
- understand the key drivers of energy supply and demand from the perspective of the energy trilemma (energy security, affordability and decarbonisation);
- be able to identify issues raised in current policy debates on energy production and consumption;
- be able to critically evaluate energy technologies within the context of the energy trilemma;
- be able to discuss future policy options for supporting a transition to a sustainable energy system in the UK.


The module will cover all aspects of energy systems, from production and generation, to distribution and consumption. The discussions will focus on the UK to discuss historical transitions and possible future transition of the energy system. Technological, economic, social and environmental aspects of the energy system will be explored. Lectures will cover topics including; introduction to the UK energy system, history of UK energy policy, the energy trilemma, low carbon electricity generation and heat technologies, energy demand, electricity markets, energy policies, climate targets and carbon trading. The lectures will be supplemented by workshops, a site visit and guest speakers.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reading for lectures
Workshop preparation
Written project
Group work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Workshops will be taking place throughout the lecture course offering the opportunity for the monitoring of progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectGroup presentation30.00
Case Study1,500 word individual case study70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The re-sit for this module will be in the form of an individual essay of 1500 words for submission in August. Students submitting work for a second time must choose a different topic to the one originally attempted.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/01/2020


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