1:30 MSc Energy, Trade and Finance at Bayes Business School

Curious about a career in energy, trade and commodities? Prof. Michael Tamvakis shares what you can expect studying our specialist master's degree.


Who is it for?

You have the equivalent of a UK upper second-class degree, or better, with a solid understanding of quantitative methods (mathematics and statistics). It’s likely that you have a few years’ work experience already, through either an internship or full-time employment. You’ll appreciate the chance to build your professional network with peers from all around the world and business leaders from the global energy, commodity trade, finance and shipping industries.

The experience of studying at Bayes has been a great privilege to me. Foremost, the multi-cultural connections you gather during the one-year set the tone of what London holds to offer.  I am now functioning as a Financial Analyst at the solar energy scale-up Solivus.My career objectives have consistently compassed me towards joining a start-up. Here the MSc equips you with a wide range of tools and skillsets highly desired by newly built ventures.

Luca Neil Treskatsch


The MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance fully equips you with the skills and knowledge to operate effectively in the highly competitive international energy markets and the commodity trade industry as well as in the wider financial sector.

In this multidisciplinary programme, you’ll gain a solid understanding of energy economics and trading and, in turn, you will learn how to formulate decisions about fossil fuels, electricity and renewables.

Your studies will encompass energy transportation and logistics, especially seaborne. You will also build a strong foundation in finance and financial markets and develop relevant quantitative, software and accounting skills. You will enhance your research, presentation, and teamworking skills by producing a group business plan related to the fields of energy, trade and finance.

You can complement your core studies with specialised elective modules, some of which are delivered by practitioners, or/and, if you wish, you can conduct an independent research project.

The MSc is offered through the world-renowned Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance whose aims are to

  • Offer high-quality teaching
  • Produce high-quality research
  • Support international dialogue between academia, industry and government.

You’ll learn from teaching staff with many years of industry and research experience across the areas of energy, commodity trade, shipping, risk management, and finance.

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What will you learn

On the Energy, Trade and Finance master’s programme, you will:

  • Benefit from the insights and practical expertise of teaching staff with hands-on industry experience and internationally acclaimed research, and guest lecturers working in related fields.
  • Study on a unique multidisciplinary programme, acquiring specialised and flexible skills and knowledge in demand by employers across the Energy, Trade and Finance industries.
  • Design your third term to meet your career goals, with a wide choice of specialist electives and opportunities for research projects, including with the Bank of England, Department for Transport and Maritime UK.
  • Learn on a course that’s accredited by the UK Energy Institute (EI), for which students are offered free membership, and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).
  • Build your connections and experience in the City of London, with links to leading international energy and trading organisations, as well as shipping, finance and banking businesses.
  • Become one of the more than 4,200 graduates of The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. Graduates of the Centre come from over 160 countries and work in more than 60 countries, holding senior positions at the national and international levels.
  • Have the opportunity to join the Energy and Commodities Society. Among its activities are to produce market reports and organise social events with the participation of practitioners.

Induction weeks

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses (Introduction to Economics); an introduction to the careers and library services; and the annual careers fair.

Assessment methods


We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.  To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • Eleven core courses (10-20 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)


  • Three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)


  • One elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance degree, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Term dates

Term dates 2023/24

  • Induction: 11th September 2023 - 22nd September 2023
  • Term one: 25th September 2023 - 8th December 2023
  • Term one exams: 8th January 2024 - 19th January 2024
  • Term two: 22nd January 2024 - 5th April 2024
  • Term two exams: 22nd April 2024 - 3rd May 2024
  • Term three - international electives: 6th May 2024 - 17th May 2024
  • Term three: 20th May 2024 - 5th July 2024
  • Term three exams: 8th July 2024 - 19th July 2024
  • Resits: 12th August 2024 - 23rd August 2024
  • Additional resit week - tests only: 26th August 2024 - 30th August 2024.


Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

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Dr Ioannis Moutzouris

Academic expert working at Bayes Business School

The teaching staff on the Energy, Trade and Finance MSc programme have many years of teaching and practical experience from the industry and are also active researchers in the related fields.

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up this MSc programme.

Module Leaders include:


How to apply

Apply for MSc Energy, Trade and Finance

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Grading system used by your university
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement - this should be around 500 words in length and answer the following:
    • Why have you selected this course? What are your motivating factors?
    • What are your areas of interest within the course?
    • What contributions do you feel you can make to the course?
    • How do you see the course affecting your career plans?

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • English language test result if applicable
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status, all award documents must be verified, and should be provided to the relevant Admissions Officer via one of the methods stated in your offer.

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to arrange an individual appointment to discuss the application process and be given a tour of the facilities, please complete this form.

Please note - these are subject to availability.

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Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Bayes Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

  • A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
  • Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course.


  • GMAT is not required for application, but may be requested as a condition of offer at the discretion of the Admissions Panel.


Applicants selected by the Admissions panel will be invited to an online interview with the course director. We will contact all selected applicants with full instructions after the Admissions Panel has made an initial assessment of your application.

We would strongly advise you to provide us with your own personal email address when applying to avoid missing interview deadlines and any important information sent from the Admissions Team.

English language requirements

If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take an English language test.

If you have studied in the UK at degree level for less than three years (e.g. 3+1, 2+1, 2+2, etc.) you will be required to provide the results of an approved English language test and possibly resit the test to meet our academic entry requirements.

Full list of approved English language tests/qualifications and minimum requirements.


UK/EU/International £28,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (usually paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the start of the induction period)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

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Career pathways

Career destinations for MSc Energy, Trade and Finance

Your skills will be of interest to commodity trading houses, oil & gas companies, professional services firms, shipping-related companies and energy and commodity market information providers. You’ll get advice and support, from the beginning of the course but also as you start on your career, from both our specialist careers team and the academics of the Centre, as well as from the industry contacts you make through our societies and events.

Class of 2022 profile

Recent graduates have secured positions such as

  • Biofuel Operations Assistant - Petroineos Trading LTD
  • Commercial Graduate Associate - S&P Global Commodity Insights
  • Corporate & Institutional Climate Solutions - SCB Group
  • Gas Trader - Centrica Energy Trading
  • Market Risk Analyst - Nomura
  • Renewable Natural Gas Sales Trader - STX Group

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Course information and statistics (2022/23 cohort)

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This course is accredited by the UK Energy Institute (EI). During the academic year, you have free membership to the EI, receive a free monthly publication and have discounted access to networking events for graduates seeking employment in the energy sector.

The MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance programme is also accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). GARP is an industry-leading professional association dedicated to preparing individuals and organisations to make better informed risk decisions. The status is granted to top institutions whose degree content incorporates at least 70% of GARP’s Energy Risk Professional (ERP) Body of Knowledge, the first leading and global designation for energy professionals. The academic team works closely with GARP to ensure that our curriculum meets the latest global industry needs.

We are very pleased to welcome the Business School (formerly Cass), City University of London as a member of GARP’s Partnership for Risk Education. The MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance is a comprehensive, rigorous program that provides its students with strong preparation for pursuing the Energy Risk Professional (ERP) designation as well for a career in the dynamic field of energy risk management.William May, Global Head of Certifications and Educational Programs – GARP.

*Please note that all accreditations and exemptions are subject to change.  Please check if you have specific requirements.