Energy MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Energy and health
  • Energy and the built environment
  • Energy and transport
  • Energy conversion
  • Energy demand reduction
  • Energy economics
  • Energy engineering
  • Energy policy and law
  • Energy resource constraints
  • Energy systems modeling
  • People and energy
  • Smart energy systems.

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IRIS department: Faculty of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A Master’s degree or equivalent is highly desirable. In exceptional cases, where they have other suitable research experience, applicants without a Master’s degree may be admitted.

English level expected: Standard


  • All applicants: 1 August 2014
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


The institute often has funded studentships available, visit:

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


Our students are core to the activities of the UCL Energy Institute, both in terms of contribution to the research already underway and in building future research capacity here in the UK and around the world. Our first research degree students are only now beginning to graduate. This small group of alumni have gone on to obtain competitive positions as postdoctoral researchers within the institute and the other UCL Bartlett departments and others have entered professional positions at organisations such as Parsons Brinckerhoff and the International Energy Agency in Paris.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • UCL Energy Institute, Research Associate, 2012
  • International Energy Agency, Energy Analyst, 2011
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff, Development Engineer, 2010


The UCL Energy Institute aims to train highly emplyable graduates who are equipped with the skills, knowledge and professional values required by employers to become leaders and enterpreneurs in their chosen field.

Leadership, communication, teamwork, language and business skills are refined in the high-quality multi-disciplinary research environment through our taught programmes, workshops, internal and external seminars and access to networking opportunities with research staff within the institute and across UCL along with external partners fron industry, policy, government and business.


Supervision and mentorship is available from world-leading researchers with national and international contacts and collaborations across policy, government, industry and academic sectors. This provides natural opportunities to network and collaborate with a variety of external partners. Our students gain access to networking events, career workshops and exclusive seminars held at UCL Energy Institute. Students have the opportunity to showcase their research at national and international conferences. Our students also lead their own networking initiatives such as the UCL Social Sciences Group, which organises seminars and workshops for staff and students.

Next steps


Ms Mae Oroszlany

T: +44 (0)20 3108 5941


UCL Energy Institute

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Prospectus subject

Energy Institute

Faculty overview

Built Environment


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Student View

"I really like the flat management structure of UCL Energy – research staff are approachable and interested, despite being so busy. I have attended several national and international conferences in Exeter, Edinburgh, Cape Town and Rome. I also attended a PhD summer school in Italy."

Will Usher

Degree: Research Degree, UCL Energy Institute

Alumni View

"I established contacts with many researchers at UCL and with people outside the university through the various seminar series held at my institute, and most importantly through presenting my research at conferences in various parts of the world."

Fabian Kesicki

Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency, 2012