Materials for Energy and Environment MSc
Global challenges require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, lightweight structures and for carbon capture and sequestration. 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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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. 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.
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 details available on subject website:
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.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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?
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?
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.
"I was challenged and pushed hard, yet there is also a friendly and relaxed feel about the department. I really didn't want to go anywhere else."
"UCL has a unique combination of experimental and theoretical expertise in the area of Mineral Physics, which I work in, but it is the excellent collaborations I have with my colleagues that keeps me here."
Professor David Dobson
Professor of Earth Materials
Subject: Earth Sciences, Faculty: Mathematical and Physical Sciences