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Materials for Energy and Environment MSc

The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, new lightweight vehicular structures, techniques for carbon capture and storage and climate engineering. This is a broad-based MSc, designed for graduates who wish to acquire skills in energy and materials Science in order to participate in the emerging challenges to meet climate change targets.

What will I learn?

Students gain an advanced knowledge of materials science as it applies to energy and environmental technologies and research skills including information and literature retrieval, critical interpretation and analysis and effective communication. They can benefit from modules in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering, thus offering future employers a wide-ranging skills base. Graduates will be well qualified to deal with the problems of energy decision-making and the implications for the environment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Research activities of the department span the whole spectrum of energy-related research from the development of batteries and fuel cells to the prediction of the structure of new water-splitting catalytic materials.

Students develop experience in scientific method, techniques for reporting science and in the many generic skills required for a future career.

Student / staff ratios › 53 staff › 50 taught students › 163 research students

Degree Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (15 credits each) and a research project (60 credits).

An exit-level only Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is available.

An exit-level only Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is available.

Core Modules
  • Advanced Topics in Energy Science and Materials
  • Microstructural Control in Materials Science
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Advanced Practical Chemistry
  • Research Project Literature Review
Optional Modules
  • Climate and Energy
  • Materials and Nanomaterials
  • Electrical Power Systems and Alternative Power Systems
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and research supervision. Assessment is through unseen written examination and coursework. The literature project is assessed by written dissertation and oral presentation, and the research project is assessed by a written report, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Materials for Energy and Environment MSc


We are embarking on an era which has as its aim of 'sustainability'. The UK has committed to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions on a 1990 baseline by 2050. CERES, the organisation that represents the largest institutional investors would like to see 90% reduction by 2050. National Systems of Innovation (NSI), which includes the universities, research centres and government departments working in conjunction with industry will need to apprehend new opportunities and change direction, diverting personnel to energy and climate issues in response to changing markets and legislation. This MSc will contribute to the supply of personnel needed for the era of sustainability.

Key Information

Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£9,020 (FT)
£25,140 (FT)


Students can be self-funded or find sponsorship from funding agencies such as research councils, the European Union, industry or charities.

There are also a number of Graduate School Scholarships and departmental bursaries and prizes available.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY
£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc offers science and engineering graduates with a strong scientific background the opportunity to expand into materials science and is suitable for materials graduates who intend to focus on energy and climate-related careers.

Application deadlines
All applicants
29 July 2016
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • Why you want to study Materials for Energy and Environment at graduate level. Please elaborate on the motivational factors that have drawn you to our subject. Our experience is that applicants from many different first degree backgrounds participate in the programme and you should explain how your own background leads you to this MSc.
  • Why you want to study Materials for Energy and Environment at UCL. Tell us how UCL can help to improve your career path and give an indication of your willingness to participate in the wider UCL activities in energy and environment during your time here.
  • How your academic background meets the demands of a challenging programme. The MSc is a broadening degree which will lead you into areas that lie outside your first degree subject. How comfortable are you about that? We find that some students have a clearly defined academic identity which inhibits them from applying their skills to subjects outside their boundary. How will you respond to this? How adventurous are you?
  • What would you like to be able to do following your Master's?
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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