The MRes in Energy Demand Studies is designed to equip students for careers as professional researchers. Technical work is highly topical, focusing on energy demand in the built environment, and is complemented by the development of research and transferable skills.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £7,830 (FT) £3,885 (PT)
- £22,620 (FT) £11,310 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and/or relevant work experience in addition to a first degree will also be considered.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
The programme focuses on skills and knowledge required to undertake research in energy demand reduction in the built environment and comprises three strands: technical modules, transferable skills and research. Topics include thermodynamics, building physics, behaviour, energy systems, modelling, policy and economics. Transferable skills include writing, presenting and communicating with different stakeholders. Significant emphasis is placed on research and methodologies.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (four valued at 15 credits each, one valued at 30 credits, one audited) and a dissertation research project (90 credits).
- Energy Theory, Measurement and Interpretation
- Energy: Society, Economics and Policy
- Energy Demand in Context
- Research Concepts
- Communication Skills
- Guided Research Project
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
Teaching sessions are highly interactive and led by experienced researchers. Students read key texts in advance of lectures and seminars to accelerate learning and focus sessions on research-oriented issues. Small group sizes, regular tutorials and supervision meetings combine to provide tailored support across a range of disciplines and research topics.
All students will attend a residential block week in Loughborough at the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand at the start of term one. This will incur no additional costs for students.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The Energy Demand Studies MRes programme has been developed by experienced researchers to provide a superb grounding in the skills and knowledge required to pursue a research career in a range of sectors such as academia, government, consultancies, engineering companies and NGOs. To date, many of our students have gone on to gain funded PhD studentships at UCL-Energy and multinational organisations such as Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Environmental Consultant, Carbone 4
- Manufacturing Engineer, General Electric
- PhD Energy Demand Studies, UCL
Having undertaken a significant original research project, our graduates are well equipped to apply their skills to a career in a research environment. Their technical knowledge combined with transferable skills, such as communication skills, project management and problem-solving, are highly sought after in a wide range of careers. Our students gain access to networking events, career workshops and exclusive seminars held at the UCL Energy Institute.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Energy Institute is a leading centre for research into energy demand and the built environment, a sector of increasing importance due to the challenges of climate change, energy affordability and energy security. Students undertaking the Energy Demand Studies MRes have the opportunity to undertake original research in a multidisciplinary environment and engage with leading researchers.
Research into demand and the built environment provides many challenges for researchers due to the complex interplay of people, buildings and economics. The unique multidisciplinary approach of the programme helps students develop into more complete individual researchers and effectively integrate into research teams.
Student / staff numbers
› 62 staff
including 45 postdocs
› 90 taught students
› 65 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"UCL has given me the freedom and space to think through difficult problems that I thought were important and yet under-studied internationally, with the potential to contribute to both the industry and policymaker led solutions to those problems."
Dr Tristan SmithLecturer in Energy and Transport.
Lecturer in Energy and Transport
"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 StrachanEnergy Studies Demand MRes, Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc, Energy MPhil/PhD
UCL Energy Institute
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?
Applications are invited from graduates with a good first degree in a relevant science (e.g. physics, mathematics, natural sciences, geology and geographical science, social sciences, materials science), engineering (e.g. chemical, civil, electronic and electrical, mechanical) or related subject (e.g. psychology, architecture, planning and surveying, economics, other built environment disciplines).
- 27 July 2018
- 31 August 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
We expect that all prospective students will be able to demonstrate:
- Good numeracy and literacy and an ability to present ideas clearly
- An appreciation of the importance of behaviour and society in energy demand
- An understanding of/ability to learn basic physics and engineering concepts
- Strong performance in a science, engineering or social sciences discipline.
Detailed knowledge of buildings and energy is not required to undertake the programme.
Original research is a primary focus of the programme and it is essential to ensure that our supervisory capabilities meet students' needs - please provide a statement of the anticipated disciplinary focus of your research (e.g. physics, economics, social science, architecture) to enable us to check that we are likely to meet your supervisory needs.