Energy MPhil/PhD

The UCL-Energy was established as UCL's response to the global challenges of mitigating climate change and providing energy security in the 21st century. Our multi-disciplinary research programme and strong industry links provide excellent foundation for PhD study. Our graduates are employed by the world's foremost academic, industry and governmental institutions.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,550 (PT)

Application dates

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September, or in January. 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. You should prepare your application well before the date you hope to start. 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

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A Master’s degree is highly desirable, though not essential, and in exceptional cases candidates without Master’s degrees may be admitted, where they have other suitable research experience. We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master’s degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Applicants who have a lower second-class Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) must possess a relevant Master’s degree.

English Language Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

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

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The UCL Energy Institute brings together different perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. We are the UK's leading academic group in the critical research areas of energy demand and energy systems. As these topics span science, engineering, economics and the social sciences, our research methodologies, models and data are explicitly multi-disciplinary.

Research areas

  • Energy and the Built Environment
  • Energy and Economics
  • Energy and Engineering
  • Energy and Helth
  • Energy and Human Dimensions
  • Energy and Policy
  • Energy and Resources
  • Energy and Transport

Degree structure

The London–Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand (LoLo) addresses new challenges within five themes, grouped around major research programmes (bringing benefits of strong existing capability, support structures and research networks): Building Performance and Process, Energy Epidemiology, Technology and Systems, Unintended Consequences, Urban Scale Energy Demand. LoLo is a joint doctoral training centre run by the UCL Energy Institute and Loughborough University.

The first year of the programme (MRes) is an intensive taught course where students carry out a series of research projects which will ultimately enable them to embark on their PhD programme with confidence.

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

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

Further information about the MRes is available on the department website.


View the Energy Institute website for information on current funding opportunities.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


A PhD indicates a highly qualified researcher, capable of independent analytic thought. It is a highly regarded qualification for those wishing to attain senior management positions in industry, consultancies and public sector organisations, and is essential for those interested in pursuing careers in academia. Our alumni have gone on to careers in academic teaching and research as well as consultancies, industry, government and policy organisations.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Management Consultant, KPMG (2015)
  • Research Associate, University College London (2014)
  • Consultant, Element Energy, Low Carbon Energy Consultancy (2014)
  • Lecturer in Energy and Buildings, Southampton University (2014)
  • Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (2011)


The UCL Energy Institute aims to train highly employable graduates who are equipped with the required analytical capability, research knowledge, management skills, and professional values to become leaders and entrepreneurs 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, and internal and external seminars.


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

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our degree programme offers students a unique opportunity to work alongside world-leading researchers across disciplinary boundaries, collaborating with colleagues in the UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and REsources, and beyond. Our PhD students are core to our activities, and are a key priority in terms of current and future state-of-the-art energy demand and systems research here in the UK and around the world.

Studying with us is about excelling at your own discipline, being exposed to new perspectives and methodologies, and developing communication and networking skills. We need innovative, bold thinkers. Join us and become one of the energy pioneers of tomorrow.

Studying with BSEER is about excelling at your own discipline, and benefitting from thinking and working with interdisciplinary colleagues to develop your research skills, and open up new career opportunities in the broad field of environment, energy and resources.

Student / staff ratios › 62 staff including 45 postdocs › 90 taught students › 65 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL Energy Institute's focus on multi-disciplinary research into energy systems and energy demands that key elements of understanding respond to the challenges of decarbonisation, energy security and energy affordability. Over the last eight years I have led high-profile research projects, including as principal investigator of the Whole Systems Energy Modelling Consortium (wholeSEM), the UK's groundbreaking initiative to develop, integrate and apply state-of-the-art energy models."

Professor Neil Strachan

Energy Studies Demand MRes, Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc, Energy MPhil/PhD
UCL Energy Institute
Staff review

"Located at the heart of the world's largest cluster of building design companies and a short journey from the key professional bodies (RIBA, CIBSE, IMechE, RICS) and relevant government departments, studying at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering will benefit any student. "

Dejan Mumovic

Environmental Systems Engineering MSc, Energy MPhil, Environmental Design and Engineering MPhil
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
Alumni review

"I left a full-time post in 2011 to join UCL as a postgraduate student to undertake my PhD. I have loved every minute of it and I have never looked back! I feel privileged having studied alongside and being taught by such exceptional professionals, while receiving first-class support for my own work and achievements. Due to UCL's excellent reputation, its wide industry, government and stakeholder networks and the support it has given me in sharing my research and achievements with its networks, I have benefited from opportunities directly related to my area of research and expertise."

Sofie Pelsmakers

Energy MPhil/PhD (2015)

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September, or in January. 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. You should prepare your application well before the date you hope to start. 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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