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Energy and Resources PhD

UCL Australia offers a prestigious PhD programme that provides students with the opportunity to work with research and industry-based energy and resource leaders. Our multidisciplinary research programme and strong industry links provide and excellent foundation for PhD study.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Application deadlines

The academic year commences in late February each year. Applicationas may be accepted throughout the year from domestic (Australian) students. For international students (including those from the UK) who require a student visa, however, the following deadlines apply:
  • 23 November of the year preceding admission for students starting Semester One (February)
  • 15 June of that year for students starting in Semester Two (July)
Prior to applications, prospective students should consult the relevant web page with information on projects available. For further information see the UCL Australia website.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the PhD programme you should have a specialist Master's degree in an appropriate discipline (including the UCL Australia Master's degree or other programmes) from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who do not have a Master's degree, but hold a minimum of a second class (upper division) Australian or UK Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline may be accepted.

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: Good

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

UCL is a research driven university and the primary objective of UCL Australia is to lead research in the minerals, energy and natural resource sector. Our research staff bring extensive expertise and experience to their supervisory roles as well as different perspectives and procedures in energy research. Our goal is to apply our distinctive brand of cross-disciplinary research to the major challenges facing the world today and provide leadership on issues relared to the management and governance of energy anf resourses, both nationally and internationally.

Research areas

UCL Australia applies a systems appoach to energy and resources research across sectors (government, industries, communities) and disciplines (technology, natural and social sciences, economics and law). UCL Australia has a particular focus on:
  • shale and other unconventional gas
  • the low carbon economy
  • electricity markets, transmission and renewables
  • adding value to resources
  • community engagement and governance
  • environmental and resource monitoring
For the list of projects available for the 2015 academic year, go to our website. Joint supervision of PhD projects with UCL colleagues in London is possible.

Funding

BHP Billiton Scholarships for PhD students are available in every year of the programme.

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

A PhD indicates a highly qualified researcher, capable of independent analytical thought. It is a well-regarded qualification for those wishing to attain senior management positions in public service, private industry and consulting companies and is essential for those interested in pursuing careers in academia.

Employability

As a research-led university, UCL places particular emphasis on working with industry, government and other university partners to ensure research generated by the UCL community is used to address major issues facing society today. Our PhD students contribute to top-level departmental research addressing major relevant industry issues.

Networking

You will benefit from a programme of distinguished guest speakers from both industry and academia. Our high quality education and research programmes encourage creativity, innovation and independent thought. An interdisciplinary curriculum encompassing engineering, economics, policy, laws and political science.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students will benefit from a programme of distinguished guest speakers from both industry and academia. Our high quality education and research programmes encourage creativity, innovation and independent thought, with an interdisciplinary curriculum encompassing engineering, economics, policy, laws, and political science. We value small-group teaching environments and tangible learning experiences. Major field trips are also organised throughout the year including BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam (worlds largest uranium mine), Arrium's steel rolling mills at Whyalla and Santos' giant oil and gas assets in outback Australia.

As a research-led university, UCL places particular emphasis on working with industry, government, and other university partners to ensure research generated by the UCL community is used to address major issues facing society today. Our MSc and PhD students contribute to top-level departmental research addressing major relevant industry issues.

Studying at ULC Australia, you will be at the heart of Australia's booming resource industry. Located in Adelaide, one of the world's most liveable cities, you will be studying at UCL's first overseas campus.

Student / staff ratios › 12 staff › 79 taught students › 7 research students

Department: UCL Australia

Degree reviews

Staff review

"My main area of research is about developing better ways of monitoring and managing the impacts of energy and resources developments in the sea. The reason I was attracted to UCL initially was the strong support for my research and the opportunity to bring my industrial experience back to an academic setting. Those expectations have been met, but now I've found the best part has been the strong multi-disciplinary culture of UCL. I'm constantly (and very pleasantly) surprised by the interest shown by UCL colleagues from vastly different areas in exploring the potential for collaborative research and teaching opportunities."

Dr Craig Styan

Subject: Energy and Resources Management MSc, Energy and Resources 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

The academic year commences in late February each year. Applicationas may be accepted throughout the year from domestic (Australian) students. For international students (including those from the UK) who require a student visa, however, the following deadlines apply:
  • 23 November of the year preceding admission for students starting Semester One (February)
  • 15 June of that year for students starting in Semester Two (July)
Prior to applications, prospective students should consult the relevant web page with information on projects available. For further information see the UCL Australia website.

For more information see our Applications page.

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