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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Master of Public Administration
18 units (one semester) of credit in total, including:
9 units of specified credit
9 units of unspecified credit
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:
- the applicant's first language is English or
the applicant has:
- an overall academic IELTS band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the subtests
- achieved an acceptable score in the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
- a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a Pass at Grade A
- a Pearson Test of English (Academic) with Good level – 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component
- successfully completed a tertiary degree program taught in the English language in a country where English is the official or main language spoken
- 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 and Test of Written English (TWE) or Essay Rating scores:
- Computer based version: score of 250, plus 5 in Essay Rating.
- Paper based version: score of 600, plus 5 in TWE.
- Internet based version: score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
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.
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.
Domestic Students – Australian Government Fee Assistance (FEE-HELP)
(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.
ANZ Banking Group Limited
121 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Bank BSB: 015010
Account Number: 8361 07633
SWIFT Identification code: ANZBAU3M
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.
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.
When applying to the PhD programme by UCL Australia, you must address the following requirements within your application:
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.
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
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
Up to four scholarships are available for PhD studies at UCL Australia, starting in February 2015. Scholarships cover tuition fees and a (tax free) living stipend of $A 25,392 p.a. for four years. Full details and conditions for the 2015 BHP Billiton PhD Scholarships can be viewed in the PhD Scholarship Regulations.
Applications for this round of scholarships will only be considered for research in one of the four priority areas listed below:
Monitoring is critical for managing the impacts of offshore petroleum and other coastal developments, but is often difficult and expensive. Although getting long term baseline data would be ideal, in many cases this just isn’t possible. New techniques and better planning are needed to deal with these sorts of constraints and to maximise the information from any monitoring we can do. Improvements are also needed in the way this feeds back into environmental assessment and management. Several research topics could be supported in this area, including developing new (statistically powerful) designs for monitoring programmes with and without baselines, for a range of different activities (e.g. seismic, oil spills, dredging). Another area that could be supported is in developing new ecotoxicology methods for environmental assessment and management of activities such as dredging and the use of dispersants on oil spills.
For more information please contact Dr Craig Styan.
The imminent depletion of non-renewable energy resources and the issues surrounding their associated emissions have prompted renewable energy technologies to be seen as their primary replacement to generate electricity. However, poor energy density coupled with high capital costs have resulted in an unconducive and challenging environment for the implementation and sustainability of renewable energy systems especially in South Australia. There have been numerous initiatives to address the issue but the impact of these initiatives on the system holistically remains at best a conjecture if they are isolated from other factors such as the economy, sustainability and emissions planning. This project seeks to investigate the policies and decisions required in realising renewable energy systems and emission planning activities that are sustainable using a system dynamics approach from a holistic perspective for a region such as South Australia.
For more information please contact Dr Eng Hwa Yap.
There is wide discrepancy between various life-cycle assessment studies that have been made on shale gas operations. Some show that the extracted gas has a higher GHG impact than coal, others less. Comparative and consequential (e.g. policy and/or technology driven) LCA is required to truly determine whether shale gas makes sense as a transition fuel in a carbon constrained economy.
For more information please contact Professor Stefaan Simons.
Full spherical hyperspectral imaging from aerobots for vicarious calibration of spaceborne and aerial EO visible/NIR
Accurate measurements of land surface spectral reflectance (≤5%) from different spaceborne sensors from the increasingly large numbers of EO (Earth Observation) spacecraft require so-called vicarious calibration using simultaneously acquired surface spectral and directional reflectance measurements. This research will look at taking previously developed Near Infra-Red (NIR) instrumentation from MSSL and extending it into the Short Wavelength Infra-Red (SWIR) as part of the available detection hardware at a dedicated calibration site in Australia, proposed as an extension to the existing RADCALNET sites. The PhD research would consist of developing the best measurement and processing strategy for calculating spectral reflectances, and combining these with other data to build 3D models of the detected surface.
The prospective student will be expected to have a strong background in physics, and preferably remote sensing physics.
For more information please contact Dr Ady James.
To apply for one of these scholarships, please send an email enquiry to Mr Mark Johnson:
• A cover letter stating clearly which area you are interested in, a summary of your research experience and a brief outline of the direction your research would take during your PhD
• A curriculum vitae, including your academic qualifications and a list of any academic publications
• Contact details of two professional referees who could be asked to comment on your academic abilities
Closing date for applications is 5 pm (Adelaide time), Friday 10 October 2014.
For further inquiries about these scholarships or the PhD programme at UCL Australia, please contact the Departmental Graduate Tutor.
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.
Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships
The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2015–2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 10th to November 14th, 2014.
The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide. More information.
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.