UCL Australia offers a prestigious PhD programme (CRICOS Code: 068148G) that provides students with the opportunity to work with research and industry-based energy and resources leaders. Our multidisciplinary research program and strong industry links provide an excellent foundation for PhD study.
UCL-awarded doctorates are highly regarded around the world for their academic excellence as well as their network of influence.
Over the first year of enrolment, PhD students will undertake a structured programme of studies with a core component and a directed studies component. The programme content is agreed between the student and their supervisor(s). After the first year of study, students will complete a review process and on satisfactory completion will be permitted to continue their PhD studies.
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 extensive expertise and experience to their supervisory roles as well as different perspectives and procedures in energy research. Our goal is to bridge gaps in energy and resources research and provide critical mass and capacity for innovative and ambitious research projects. Joint supervision with UCL academics based in London is also available.
Find information on our research themes and potential research projects.
PhD students will be provided with extensive support as well as a generous personal work space and social facilities within our state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Adelaide.
UCL Australia applies a systems approach to energy and resources research across sectors (government, industry, communities) and disciplines (technology, natural and social sciences, economics and law). UCL Australia has a particular focus on:
- systems modelling (process optimisation, project organisation and management)
- impact assessment (environment, society, economy)
- decision support (governance, business models)
- policy analysis and assessment (energy security, climate change, regional and national priorities)
- innovation opportunities and impacts (disruptive technologies, open and social innovation, incentives and barriers).
Our research is interdisciplinary, linking the three units within UCL Australia – the School of Energy and Resources, the International Energy Policy Institute and the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (Australia). Although each unit has its own research strategy and agenda, there is a common alignment with the UCL Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.
The UCL Grand Challenges concentrate specialist expertise across UCL and beyond to address aspects of the world's key problems. It also provides an environment in which researchers are encouraged to think about how their work can intersect with and impact upon global issues. For more information, see www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges.
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 Bachelor's 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.
Course credit (application for prior learning - APL)
Course credit may be given for any taught course within a programme but not for a course which comprises a project or dissertation as course credit cannot be given for a research course.
Course credit may not be given for an optional course where a viable alternative course is available.
Applications for course credit will be considered for all taught programmes with the awarding of course credit being entirely at the discretion of UCL. Students applying for course credit will normally have studied a similar programme at another institution that is considered comparable to the UCL programme.
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 subject to successfully undertaking the first year of the Master of Science in Energy and Resources Management as a qualifying course.
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$93,204.00 as at 2013) 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 $49,096 (2012-2013). Voluntary repayments may
be made at any time, regardless of income.
More information on FEE-HELP is available at the Going to Uni 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 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.
How 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 timetable for application.
Routes to Application
Students can apply to the PhD programme at UCL Australia via two routes:
1) in response to specific projects associated with scholarships administered by UCL Australia. When applications for these projects/scholarships are open they will be advertised here:
No funded projects are currently available. Please check again later.
2) by proposing and developing research projects aligned with research interests of Academic staff at UCL Australia and the inter-disciplinary character of the department. 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) with relevant research interests 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 Scholarships for Master’s of Science or PhD in Energy and Resources Management
UCL Australia will award up to AUD$1.935 million annually in scholarships to the most outstanding applicants for a Master’s of Science or PhD (research) in Energy and Resources Management. These scholarships are intended to support students pursuing postgraduate studies in energy and resource management at UCL Australia.
How to apply
Applicants who wish to be considered for a BHP Billiton Scholarship must apply online. Applicants are required to submit an essay as part the application process and the topic will vary with every intake. For the February 2013 intake, the essay requires students to critically analyse the following statement:
“The concept of ‘peak oil’ has been devised to reflect scarcity associated with oil supplies. But surely the price of oil would be a more efficient indication of its scarcity.”
This essay should be no more than 500 words (including footnotes, but excluding references) and will be checked for plagiarism using Turnitin®.
Applicants who are shortlisted for a BHP Billiton Master’s Scholarship on the basis of their academic qualifications will be ranked according to the quality and originality of their essay.
PhD applicants should also detail their research interests. Some examples of current research projects are available here. All shortlisted candidate(s) will be interviewed.
Santos Scholarships for Master’s of Science in Energy and Resources Management
UCL Australia offers highly competitive Santos Scholarships to the most outstanding applicants for full-time study for the Master’s of Science in Energy and Resources Management. The Santos Scholarships are now available for students commencing their studies from February 2013.
How to apply
Applicants who wish to be considered for a Santos Scholarship must apply online.
Applicants are also required to submit an essay and the essay topic will vary with every intake. For the February 2013 intake, the essay requires students to critically analyse the following statement:
"The Kyoto Protocol requires liable countries to reduce their production of greenhouse gases by stipulated percentages over the period 2008 to 2012. But surely such reductions should be based upon consumption not production!"
Students should discuss this statement in terms of the cost and availability of alternative large-scale power generation technologies. This essay should be no more than 1000 words in length (including footnotes, but excluding references) and will be checked for plagiarism using Turnitin®.
Applicants who are shortlisted for a Santos Scholarship on the basis of their academic qualifications will be ranked according to the quality and originality of their essay.
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.
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 to AusAID.
Specific information, including the application process, is available from AusAID.
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.