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Energy MPhil/PhD

UCL Energy Institute offers a comprehensive portfolio of graduate programmes to suit world-class aspiring researchers and professionals. Our students work alongside our experienced academics, in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment. We select the best students for first-class training and prepare them to launch careers as the energy pioneers of tomorrow.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015
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.

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 language requirement: Standard

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Funding

The institute often has funded studentships available, visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/energy

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Value:
£5,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective MSc, MA or MArch students in the Bartlett Faculty. Applicants' annual income (from a salary or other sources) at the start of the programme must not exceed £14,000 (full-time study) or £28,000 (part-time study).

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • UCL Energy Institute, Research Associate, 2014,
  • Capita Symonds, Construction Consultancy, 2014,
  • Element Energy, Low Carbon Energy Consultancy, 2014,
  • International Energy Agency, Energy Analyst, 2011,
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff, Development Engineer, 2010,

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Most energy problems are multi-disciplinary in nature, spanning science, engineering and the social sciences and therefore different approaches are needed to understand and tackle these issues. At UCL-Energy, we are developing a range of tools, models and methods that are required to address the energy challenge over the next two decades. We believe that all processes need to be developed in parallel and that interaction between different systems, disciplines and methods is essential.

The UCL Energy Institute's core research focuses on six main areas: buildings, energy systems, people and energy, policy and law, smart energy and transport. The institute additionally acts as an umbrella for energy-related research at UCL, bringing together leading researchers on different topics. The multi-disciplinary approach of UCL-Energy is at the heart of its success.

Student / staff ratios › 100 staff › 65 taught students › 45 research students

Department: UCL Energy Institute

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"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

Subject: Energy Institute PhD
Student review

"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

Subject: Energy Institute PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01
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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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