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Metals and Energy Finance at Imperial College

Imperial College London offers a postgraduate course in Metal and Energy Finance. This course is run jointly by Imperial College Business School and the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.

Eligibility Criteria

Generally the entry requirement is a degree in the physical sciences, engineering or economics with a significant mathematic element. Candidates who have relevant experience would be helpful; however, it is not required.

Course Structure

The course is intensive and runs for a full year commencing in early October and finishing in mid-September. It includes formal classroom-based teaching along with seminars and practical classes in the autumn and spring terms.

Focus areas are:

  • Extraction metallurgy
  • Mineral deposits studies
  • Cash flow modelling
  • Petroleum geology
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Mathematical techniques in finance
  • Accounting
  • Metals and energy project appraisal and finance
  • Resource evaluation
  • Minerals engineering
  • Management of projects, markets and supplies
  • Quantitative finance and strategic management

If students have a background in mathematics, then they shall be required to follow a European language option. If they are benefited from supportive teaching in mathematical techniques, then this will be offered as an alternative. In March, students shall join the Centre for Professional Development's course on mineral project finance and appraisal that provides an executive overview of various major technical and financial issues. This enables students to understand how different parts of the course interrelate and achieve independent perspectives of the relevance of what students have covered from other delegates.

A tour of minimum ten days to a region of active mining, energy development, mineral processing and downstream metal shall be arranged for the third and fourth weeks of the summer term. This is the major component of the degree course, offering first-hand experience of all aspects of the extraction industry. It also enhances the practical application of the theoretical material that is covered in the initial two terms.

Students shall be prepared for the planning and execution of their research project by classroom training in development and advanced techniques in finance, engineering and finance. During the formal teaching programme, students shall be motivated to identify topics of specific interest with the purpose of developing the basis for their dissertation. Students have an excellent opportunity to interact with professionals working in energy, metals and financial organizations through the excursion. This programme offers students opportunities to secure internships in the mining, gas and oil sector or the investment banking community that may help with the generation of their research project.

The programme in Metals and Energy Finance:

  • Produces graduates to make careers in the financial and technical appraisal of natural energy and mineral resource projects
  • Provides traditional minerals associated training that is applicable to a career in the minerals industry
  • Introduces major geological and technical concepts related to petroleum projects
  • Develops career opportunities in the petroleum industries and financial services
  • Offers the basis for an understanding of accounting, quantitative finance and strategic management within the context of technical principles, which apply particularly to energy and mineral projects
  • Act in response to the importance of the city of London as a global centre for energy and mining finance by offering knowledge of corporate finance, debt finance, equity markets, associated derivative markets and metals markets
  • Offers training in financial engineering, financial modeling and the techniques of risk modeling
  • Develops entrepreneurial skills
  • Enhances skills required to undertake independent research projects in a universal environment and industry


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