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)

£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

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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Research encompasses the following:

Energy MPhil/PhD is a three-year programme where students produce definitive and cutting-edge doctorate research;

Sustainable Use of Resources and the Environment MPhil/PhD is a programme where students work alongside experienced researchers in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment. There are now 16 funded PhD students working on research projects in the area of sustainable resource use, making this one of the largest and most wide-ranging research programmes into sustainable resource use in the world;

The EPSRC London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand (LoLo) will inspire the leaders and innovators needed to transform the UK's buildings and energy sector. Hosted by UCL-Energy and Loughborough University, the centre’s core focus is the energy performance of buildings – their technologies, and multiple interactions with people and the wider energy system.

Research areas

UCL-Energy is developing different research themes, which while independent areas also interact, resulting in innovative approaches to energy-related programmes:
  • Buildings
  • Energy Systems
  • People and Energy
  • Policy and Law
  • Smart Energy
  • Transport.

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISSR) research aims to generate knowledge by supporting cross-disciplinary research approaches to promote the globally sustainable use of natural resources. Research themes are:
  • Abiotic Resources
  • Biotic Resources
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Definitions and Indicators of Sustainable Resource Use
  • Green Economy.

The London–Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand 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.


The institute often has funded studentships available, visit:

Brown Family Bursary

1 year
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

1 year
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


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 degree

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

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


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
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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