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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £6,950
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,050

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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

Dissertation/report

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 led 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:


Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

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 1 August 2014.

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.


Career

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 a range of sectors such as academia, government departments, consultancies, engineering companies and NGOs. To date, many of our students have gone onto gain funded PhD studentships at UCL-Energy and multinational organisations such as Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Employability

Having undertaken a significant original research project, our graduates are well equipped to apply their skills to a career in a research environment. Their technical knowledge combined with transferable skills, such as communication skills, project management and problem solving, are sought after in a wide range of careers. Our students gain access to networking events, career workshops and exclusive seminars held at UCL Energy Institute.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Kate Rice

T: +44 (0)20 3108 5963

Department

UCL Energy Institute

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Student View

"Many events and seminars are organised by the UCL Energy Institute or the Bartlett School. They are usually delivered by eminent people in the sector (both from academy and industry). Students are always welcome and warmly encouraged to take part in the discussion and networking sessions."

Virginia Gori

Degree: Energy Demand Studies MRes

Staff View

"UCL has given me the freedom and space to think through difficult problems that I thought were important and yet under-studied internationally, with the potential to contribute to both the industry and policymaker led solutions to those problems."

Dr Tristan Smith

Lecturer in Energy and Transport