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Ms Jennifer Luk

Email: j.luk@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 5906/5963

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£6,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£18,500 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Energy Demand Studies MRes

The Master of Research in Energy Demand Studies (MRes EDS) is an exciting new programme designed to equip students for careers as professional researchers. Technical work is highly topical, focusing on energy demand in the built environment, and is complemented by the development of research and transferable skills.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme focuses on skills and knowledge required to undertake research in energy demand reduction in the built environment and comprises three strands: technical modules, transferable skills and research. Topics include thermodynamics, building physics, behaviour, energy systems, modelling, policy and economics. Transferable skills include writing, presenting, communicating with the public and personal effectiveness. Significant emphasis is placed on research and methodologies.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Energy Institute is a leading centre for research into energy demand and the built environment, a sector of increasing importance due to the challenges of climate change, energy affordability and energy security. Students undertaking the MRes EDS have the opportunity to learn from experienced and respected researchers and to undertake original research in this interesting area.

Research into demand and the built environment provides many challenges for researchers due to the complex interplay of people, buildings and economics. The unique multi-disciplinary approach of the MRes EDS helps students develop into more complete individual researchers and effectively integrate into research teams.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four technical modules (two valued at 15 credits each, two audited), two transferable skills modules (15 credits each), a guided research project (30 credits) and a dissertation research project (90 credits).

Technical Modules

  • Energy Theory, Measurement and Interpretation
  • Energy: Society, Economics and Policy
  • Energy Demand in Context
  • Energy Systems and Models

Transferable Skills Modules

  • Research Concepts
  • Communication Skills


All students undertake a guided team research project, and an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching sessions are highly interactive and lead by experienced researchers. Students read key texts in advance of lectures and seminars, to accelerate learning and focus sessions on research-oriented issues. Small group sizes, regular tutorials and supervision meetings combine to provide tailored support across a range of disciplines and research topics.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and/or relevant work experience in addition to a first degree will also be considered.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for modular/flexible programmes is 6 September 2013. If you require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, then you are not eligible to apply or be made a offer of a place on a programme as a part-time (modular flexible) student. 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?

Applications are invited from graduates with a good first degree in a relevant science (e.g. physics, mathematics, natural sciences, geology and geographical science, social sciences, materials science), engineering (e.g. chemical, civil, electronic and electrical, mechanical) or related subject (e.g. psychology, architecture, planning and surveying, other built environment disciplines).

What are we looking for?

We expect that all prospective students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Good numeracy and literacy and an ability to present ideas clearly
  • An appreciation of the importance of behaviour and society in energy demand
  • An understanding of/ability to learn basic physics and engineering concepts
  • Strong performance in a science, engineering or social sciences discipline

Detailed knowledge of buildings and energy is not required to undertake the programme.

Original research is a primary focus of the MRes EDS and it is essential to ensure that our supervisory capabilities meet students' needs - please provide a statement of the anticipated disciplinary focus of your research (e.g. physics, economics, social science, architecture) to enable us to check that we are likely to meet your supervisory needs.


The MRes Energy Demand Studies programme has been developed by experienced researchers to provide a superb grounding in the required skills and knowledge to pursue a research career in industry or academia. Graduates in energy related subjects are currently in high demand.

Having undertaken a significant original research project, students may wish to apply their skills to a research environment, or to pursue careers outside research. The technical knowledge combined with transferable skills, such as communication skills, project management and problem solving, are sought after in academia, government departments, consultancies, engineering companies and NGOs.

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