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Energy MPhil/PhD

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 students work alongside experienced researchers, 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

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

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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Overview

Most energy problems are multi-disciplinary in nature, spanning science, engineering and the social sciences. Our approach blends expertise from across UCL as we believe that all processes need to be developed in parallel and that interaction between different systems, disciplines and methods is essential. 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.

Research areas

UCL-Energy is developing different research themes which, although they are independent areas, also interact, resulting in innovative approaches to energy-related problems. Visit our research pages for further information.
  • Buildings
  • Energy Systems
  • People and Energy
  • Policy and Law
  • 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.

Funding

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.

Careers

Our students are core to the activities of the UCL Energy Institute, both in terms of contributing 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. Some alumni have gone on to obtain competitive positions as postdoctoral researchers within the institute and the other UCL Bartlett departments, while others have obtained professional positions at leading 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)

Employability

The UCL Energy Institute aims to train highly employable graduates who are equipped with the required skills, knowledge 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.

Networking

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?

The Energy Institute is one of the four institutes situated within the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER). The school’s institutes specialise in energy, environment, resources and heritage, and the staff and students who work within and across these areas. The school provides a collaborative and flexible environment for the four institutes to share knowledge and resources.

Students will have the unique opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries and engage with the school’s shared problem domains within the school, and also across UCL with UCL’s Grand Challenges.

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 › 105 staff › 304 taught students › 113 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

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.

Application deadlines

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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