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UCL Australia
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Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

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Research at UCL Australia

UCL School of Energy and Resources

Research in the School of Energy and Resources focuses on both the upstream and downstream development of energy and resources, covering a wide range of disciplines - from engineering and economics to environmental science and law. 

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Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) is a world-leading research organisation delivering a broad science programme that is underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.

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International Energy Policy Institute

The International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) was created to address key policy issues in the mineral, energy and resources industries through intensive and innovative research.

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2014 Annual Report

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Read about all departmental research in the 2014 Annual Report.



PhD Student

Please note that as of 22/2/2016 UCL Australia is no longer accepting new applications for PhD study. Please check our website for updates of new exciting PhD offerings which will be delivered under our new partnership model and available in the near future.

UCL Australia offers a PhD programme (CRICOS Code: 068148G) that provides opportunities for multidisciplinary research in areas related to Energy and Resources Management.

UCL-awarded doctorates are highly regarded around the world for their academic excellence as well as their network of influence.


The programme

General information about graduate research degrees at UCL can be found here: http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/essinfo/.

The PhD is assessed by a written thesis of no more than 100,000 words and an oral defence. A student’s thesis must demonstrate their capacity to pursue original research in their field of study and represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject, whether through the discovery of new knowledge, connection of previously unrelated facts, development of new theory or revision of old views. Students must also demonstrate the ability to critically examine their own work as well as that of other scholars in the field.

Full-time students

The PhD programme can be undertaken over three or four years. Full-time students must be registered for at least two calendar years before they will be allowed to submit their thesis.

Part-time students

Part-time study is only available to students who are not on a student visa. Part-time students must be registered for at least four calendar years before they will be allowed to submit their thesis.

Research topics

UCL is a research driven university and the primary objective of UCL Australia is to lead research in the minerals, energy and natural resources sector. Our research staff bring expertise and industry experience to their supervisory roles as well as different disciplinary perspectives. Our goal is to apply our distinctive brand of cross-disciplinary research to the major challenges facing the World today and provide leadership on issues related to the management and governance of energy and resources, both nationally and internationally. 

Each research student at UCL Australia has a Supervisory Panel consisting of Principal and at least one Subsidiary Supervisor.  In most cases, students will be appointed a subsidiary supervisor based in London and, where appropriate, provision may be made for the student to spend some time working in London with them.

Find information on our research themes and scholarship opportunities.

Student facilities and support

PhD students will be provided with extensive academic and pastoral support as well as personal work space and social facilities within our state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Adelaide. Generous support for attending international and domestic conferences is also available within the department. 

UCL also places a great emphasis on developing well rounded researchers and the Doctoral Skills Development Programme is open to all graduate research students at UCL. The purpose of the programme is to give graduates the opportunity to expand their generic research skills and personal transferable skills. These skills are intended to help students’ research while at UCL and also to enhance life skills and employability after graduation.

Specific inquiries about the PhD programme can be directed to the Departmental Graduate Tutor

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Our students are typically high achieving recent Honours graduates or people with substantial work experience in the energy and resources sector who are seeking to broaden their management skills.

Master's, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate programmes

Academic background

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a second class (upper division) United Kingdom Bachelor's Honours degree, an Australian Honours degree or an equivalent international qualification. The degree held should be in an appropriate discipline (e.g. engineering, information technology, economics, science, law or business).

Alternatively, an Australian Bachelor degree plus at least five years of work experience in a relevant industry or government sector (e.g. energy or resource company, policy organisation or regulatory body) is acceptable, or an Australian Bachelors degree completed at a level of High Distinction with a Distinction in each of their final year units of study.

Course credit (application for prior learning - APL)

Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) takes account of a student’s previous study and avoids repetition of material by granting credit  for UCL courses and or all allowing variation of the programme diet for individual students.  For taught postgraduate programmes only UCL credits will be considered for APL.  Credit for external courses is not available for taught postgraduate programmes.  Specific information is available at the UCL website

International students holding a student visa are reminded that their enrolment and completion within the time of their electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) may be varied due to APL and/or credit by shortening the student's programme duration. International students having already completed a UCL programme, wishing to apply for APL or credit transfer are advised to contact Student and Registry Services at the time of enrolment as well as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at their earliest convenience to discuss this further.

For students wishing to undertake studies at UCL Australia as part of another degree programme, the following course credit will apply:

Holders of a UCL 

(a) PGCert may receive APL for up to 60 credits,
(b) PGDip may receive APL for up to 120 credits.

For students wishing to undertake studies at UCL Australia as part of another degree programme, the following course credit will apply:

University of Adelaide


24 units of credit (for course)

Specified credit
Economics of Energy, Resources and the Environment
Financing Resource Projects

Unspecified credit
Any two courses from the remaining ten available


Flinders University


Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (Policy)

Master of Public Administration (Management)

18 units (one semester) of credit in total, including:

9 units of specified credit
Project Management for Energy and Resources
Climate Change Modelling and Policy

9 units of unspecified credit
Any of the other courses


University of South Australia (UniSA)

MBA Four courses of credit towards the twelve course credit MBA Course selection will depend on which stream is chosen

English language proficiency requirements

All students with English as a second language must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written English is adequate for their chosen programme. This is to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while living and studying in Australia.

International students must satisfy UCL's English language proficiency requirements for admission. UCL's preferred English language qualifications are a Graduate Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE) in English language and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (academic version).

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to UCL Australia are as follows:

  1. the applicant's first language is English or
  2. the applicant has:

    1. an overall academic IELTS band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the subtests
    2. achieved an acceptable score in the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
    3. a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a Pass at Grade A
    4. a Pearson Test of English (Academic) with Good level – 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component 
    5. successfully completed a tertiary degree program taught in the English language in a country where English is the official or main language spoken
    6. successfully completed an English language course at the required level as approved by UCL Australia from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider.

Evidence of English language proficiency must be not more than two years old on the proposed course commencement date. If evidence of English language proficiency has not been provided at the time of application, admission will be conditional on providing this evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.

*Acceptable TOEFL: 

  • Internet based version: score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests. 

PhD programme

Academic background

To be eligible for the PhD programme you should have a specialist Master's degree in an appropriate discipline (including the UCL Australia Master's degree or other programmes (e.g. engineering, information technology, economics, geography, law or business) from an internationally recognised university.

Applicants who do not have a Master's degree, but hold a minimum of a second class (upper division) Australian or UK Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, may be accepted. 

English language proficiency requirements

Same requirements as the MSc.


Tuition Fees

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UCL Australia’s annual tuition fees cover the full cost of registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. Please note that tuition fees may be subject to change each year.

When a student accepts a place to study at UCL Australia, they assume responsibility for the payment of their tuition fees. A student must therefore have sufficient financial resources available to meet the fees, maintenance and other expenses that may be incurred throughout their programme. If a sponsor is paying fees for a student, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the Student Services Manager of their sponsor’s details. A student’s registration with UCL will be at risk if tuition fees are not paid on time.

Programme Tuition Fees for full-time study(AUD)
Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management AUD$32,250 per year
Graduate Diploma AUD$32,250 per year
PhD AUD$32,250 per year
Graduate Certificate AUD$16,125 total cost

Students who are eligible for FEE-HELP will have their fees automatically deferred and will not receive an invoice for the study period. 

Fee Help Information

Domestic Students – Australian Government Fee Assistance (FEE-HELP)

Australian citizens (and holders of permanent humanitarian visas) studying in Australia may apply for FEE-HELP, a loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. Over a student’s lifetime they may borrow through FEE-HELP an amount up to the FEE-HELP limit (AUD$96,000.00 as at 2014) to cover the cost of tuition fees. There is no interest charged on a FEE-HELP debt. However, debt is CPI indexed annually by the Australian Tax Office to maintain its real value. Income and assets do not affect eligibility for FEE-HELP. The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to the university. Students repay their loans through the Australian taxation system once their repayment income is above the minimum repayment threshold for compulsory repayment. Currently this is AUD $51,309 (2013/14). Voluntary repayments may be made at any time, regardless of income.

More information on FEE-HELP is available at the My University website

Enquiries regarding FEE-HELP can also be made to the Manager Student Services.

Monitoring your FEE-HELP account

All Commonwealth assisted students will be allocated a Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN). This number appears on the Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN), issued by the university to each student who has successfully applied for FEE-HELP within 28 days of the census date. A record of all Commonwealth Assistance Notices should be kept by the student. The CHESSN is a unique identifier that remains with the student in receipt of FEE-HELP. The CHESSN can be used to check the amount of Commonwealth assistance received since 1 January 2005, including the FEE-HELP loan balance, by accessing myUniAssist

In the past the Australian Taxation Office sent an information statement in June to all students who had incurred debts or made payments to their account in the previous 15 months. If no activity, other than indexation, has occurred, an activity statement would not be issued.   From 2013 the Australia Taxation Office will no longer be issuing the information statements however students are still able to obtain a statement anytime by calling 132861 between 8.00am  and 6.00pm Monday to Friday

FEE-HELP decision appeal process

If a student withdraws his/her enrolment in a unit of study (module) after the census date, or has not completed the requirements for a unit of study, as a result of special circumstances she/he may apply to the university to have the FEE-HELP balance re-credited. The FEE-HELP balance can only be re-credited in special circumstances.

Tuition fee payments schedules: domestic (Australian) students

Tuition fees due in any academic year must be paid prior to the start of each semester. For students enrolled full-time, the semester tuition fees are paid prior to the commencement of the relevant semester. For students enrolled part-time, they are paid in advance of each taught course undertaken.

Programme Full-time study (AUD) Part-time study (AUD)
Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management Four instalments of $16,125 prior to the start of each semester over the duration of the programme (two years). $4,031.25 in advance of each course undertaken in Year 1 (eight courses to be taken over two or four years). Two instalments of $16,125 prior to the start of each semester during the final year industry research project (research stream)
$4031.25 in advance of each course or $8,062.50 for research project A or B (four courses and two research projects) (coursework stream).
Graduate Diploma in Energy and Resources: Policy and Practice Two instalments of $16,125 prior to the start of each semester over the duration of the programme (one year). $4,031.25 in advance of each course undertaken (eight courses to be taken over two to four years).
Graduate Certificate in Energy and Resources: Policy and Practice One instalment of $16,125 prior to the start of the course. $4,031.25 in advance of each course undertaken (four courses to be taken over six months to two years).

Tuition fee payment: international students

To secure a place in a UCL Australia programme, the Australian Government requires international students to pay the first semester tuition fee of AUD$16,125, or provide evidence of financial guarantee from their sponsor.
The Australian Government also requires international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before a student visa will be issued. Essentials Overseas Student Health Cover at UCL Australia is a health insurance policy that is only available through UCL Australia and is provided by OSHC Worldcare.

Essentials OSHC provides health cover above the minimum cover required by the Australian Government. The cover includes no waiting period for pregnancy related services or for treatment of mental health related conditions.
It is important that the welfare of international students is protected. Medical costs for pregnancy and mental health services can be expensive if cover is not provided.
(The OSHC Deed provides the minimum cover requirements for OSHC and changed on 1 July 2011. As a result, the standard OSHC cover will follow the minimum requirements, which includes a 12-month waiting period for pregnancy related conditions and a two-month waiting period for mental health related conditions.)

Once these fees are paid and there are no outstanding conditions attached to the offer, international students are sent the relevant documentation in the form of the Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) by the university which is required to apply for a student visa to study in Australia.

How to pay

Tuition fees can be paid by EFT/bank transfer (preferred), credit card or cheque. Cheques must be in Australian Dollars, drawn from an Australian bank and made payable to 'University College London'.
Due to security implications, the university cannot accept cash. All credit card and EFT payments must include the reference number quoted on the invoice.

Bank transfer
ANZ Banking Group Limited
121 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Bank BSB: 015010
Account Number: 8361 07633
SWIFT Identification code: ANZBAU3M

Credit card
Credit card payments can be made online but please note that the following bank surcharges will apply:

  • Visa/MasterCard 2.2%
  • American Express 2.5%.

Withdrawal of enrolment

If you wish to withdraw from the programme you must first consult with the relevant programme tutor who will make an official application on your behalf.

More information on withdrawal of enrolment and associated fees.

Other costs

A student must have sufficient financial resources for their tuition fees as well as for other expenses they may have while living and studying in Australia. In addition to the cost of tuition, students must also be able to pay for accommodation, food, transport, healthcare, insurance and other items. For further information about these costs please visit the Education Adelaide website.

Policy on Payment and Refund of Fees



Application Requirements

When applying to the PhD programme by UCL Australia, you must address the following requirements within your application: 

Academic background

All applicants should have a master's degree in an appropriate discipline (including UCL Australia Master’s or other programmes, e.g. science, engineering, information technology, economics, geography, law or business) from an internationally recognised university. Alternatively, candidates who have a minimum of a Second Class (Upper Division) Australian or UK Bachelor honours degree in an appropriate discipline may also be considered.

Personal statement

Applicants must be able to demonstrate why they have applied UCL Australia for their PhD studies. For example, students should be able to answer:

  • Why do you want to study at UCL Australia? 
  • Why is this particular programme of interest to you? 
  • What personal skills will assist you with your research?
Statement addressing selection criteria or research outline

Applicants for advertised projects will need to address the specific selection criteria listed for the project they are applying. Applicants proposing other projects via route 2 must provide a broad outline of their proposed research, based on the published research themes and discussions with their potential supervisor(s).

English language proficiency

Where English is not the first language, all applicants must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is of a very high standard.  Specific language requirements for studying at UCL.

Funding Routes to Application

How do you propose to fund your studies at UCL Australia, including fees and living expenses? Those applying for scholarships should note which scheme they will be applying for and the application deadlines.

Students can apply to the PhD programme at UCL Australia via two routes: 

ROUTE 1: in response to specific projects associated with scholarships administered by UCL Australia. 

Please refer to the Scholarships and Finance tab for the current list of available scholarship programmes.

ROUTE 2: by proposing and developing research projects aligned with the current research themes at UCL Australia.

Please note, UCL Australia does not administer scholarships for projects developed this way but support may be available from other sources. The first step in applying for a PhD position via this second route is to contact the Academic staff member(s) or, where this is not clear, the departmental graduate tutor, who may be able to direct students to potential supervisors. Once an outline of the research has been developed with the relevant UCL Australia academic staff, you will then be invited to proceed with the online application process.

Important note:  Applications via route 2 will not be accepted unless a research outline has first been developed and agreed upon by the relevant academic staff member(s) from UCL Australia.

When to apply

Applications may be accepted throughout the year from domestic (Australian) students.  For international students who require a student visa, however, the following deadlines apply:

  • 23 November of the year preceding admission for students starting in Semester 1
  • 15 June of that year for students starting in Semester 2

Scholarships and Finance

Internal scholarships

UCL Australia offers scholarships in partnership with industry to attract highly motivated and talented students to our world-class postgraduate programmes.
International students can apply to study at UCL Australia with funding support through the following scholarship programmes.

BHP Billiton PhD Scholarships 

The 2015 scholarship round is now closed, the 2016 round will be announced in August 2015.

For more information view the PhD Scholarship Regulations.

Additional UCL scholarships

UCL Australia applicants are also welcome to apply for other UCL scholarships if they meet the eligibility criteria. It is important to consider applying early, as the timetable for application to, and award of, UCL scholarships is linked to the academic year in the northern hemisphere. More information.

External scholarships

International Bar Association scholarships

The IBA Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), together with its Academic Advisory Group (AAG), accept applications from students requiring funding for advanced studies or research in the fields of energy and natural resources law.

The scholarships scheme is open to students at any institution where at least one member of the faculty is an IBA/SEERIL member (this presently applies to UCL Australia). More information.  

Australia Awards Scholarships

The Commonwealth Government of Australia provides funding for a number of scholarships aimed at strengthening human resource capacity in Australia's partner countries. The Australia Awards Scholarships (formerly known as Australian

Development Scholarships) program aims to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia's partner countries and promote growth and stability. The scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia. Up to 1000 Australia Awards Scholarships are awarded equally between men and women each year across 31 countries.

Depending on the participating country and its priority areas, scholarships may be available for UCL Australia’s Master’s and/or PhD programmes.
Australia Awards Scholarships include full tuition, return economy airfares, a stipend for living expenses and basic medical insurance. Find out more about the scholarships and who is eligible for these awards.

Australia Awards Fellowships

The Australia Awards Fellowship provides scholarships with the view to developing leadership, building partnerships and links and addressing priority issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The programme has been specifically set up to attract current and future leaders from the region. 

For Master’s and PhD applicants, these awards include return economy airfares, an annual stipend, an establishment allowance, an annual study enrichment allowance and leadership training, up to a maximum of AUD$35,000. The full cost of tuition is also covered.

Applicants must include a letter of offer of admission from UCL Australia in their application.

Specific information, including the application process, is available from the Australia Awards website.

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards

The Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme, the Endeavour Postgraduate Awards, provides opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Americas to undertake postgraduate study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake postgraduate study, research and professional development overseas.

Further information, including eligibility criteria and application procedures.