Energy Demand Studies MRes

The Master of Research in Energy Demand Studies is an exciting new programme 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£TBC (FT) £N/A (PT)
£TBC (FT) £N/A (PT)

Application dates

Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Close: 1 September 2016

Entry Requirements

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.

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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Degree Information

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, communicating with the public and personal effectiveness. Significant emphasis is placed on research and methodologies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four technical modules (two valued at 15 credits each, two audited), two transferable skills modules (15 credits each), a guided research project (30 credits) and a dissertation research project (90 credits).

Technical Modules

  • Energy Theory, Measurement and Interpretation
  • Energy: Society, Economics and Policy
  • Energy Demand in Context

Transferable Skills Modules

  • Research Concepts
  • Communication Skills


All students undertake a guided team research project, and 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Energy Demand Studies MRes


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.


The Energy Demand Studies MRes programme has been developed by experienced researchers to provide a superb grounding in the required skills and knowledge to pursue a research career in a range of sectors such as academia, government departments, 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.


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 sought after in a wide range of careers. Our students gain access to networking events, career workshops and exclusive seminars held at UCL Energy Institute.

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 learn from experienced and respected researchers and to undertake original research in this interesting area.

Research into demand and the built environment provides many challenges for researchers due to the complex interplay of people, buildings and economics. The unique multi-disciplinary approach of the programme helps students develop into more complete individual researchers and effectively integrate into research teams.

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 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 Smith

Lecturer in Energy and Transport.
Lecturer in Energy and Transport
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
Alumni review

"I love doing research and I am passionate about reducing the energy consumption of the built environment. This Master's programme was exactly what I was looking for: multi-disciplinary research in a multicultural environment. To my mind UCL Energy Institute is one of the world-leading institutions in energy-related research. I couldn't ask for any better. "

Virginia Gori

Energy Demands Studies MRes (2013)

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, other built environment disciplines).

Application deadlines

29 July 2016
1 September 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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