Masters

Undergraduate Laboratory Teaching 3

Materials for Energy and Environment MSc


Global challenges 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 for climate engineering. This is a broadening MSc, designed for graduates who wish to acquire skills in Energy and Materials Science in order to participate in the emerging scientific and technical revolution 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 courses in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering, thus offering a future employer 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 should I study this degree at UCL?

Research activities 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.


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
  • Research Project Dissertation (see below)

Optional Modules

  • Climate and Energy
  • Materials and Nanomaterials
  • Electrical Power Systems and Alternative Power Systems
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship

Dissertation/report

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.


Career

We are embarking on an era which has the 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 include the universities, research centres and government departments working in conjunction with industry need to apprehend new opportunities and change direction, diverting staff 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.


Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
  • Overseas Full-time: £22,350

Funding

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 available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

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.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

Who can apply?

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

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 Masters?
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.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Mary Lou Jabore

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4650

Department

Chemistry

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Mathematical and Physical Sciences