UCL Energy Institute



Modules available on the Energy Demand Studies MRes

Technical modules

BENVGED1 Energy Demand in Context (audited): residential block week

An introduction to the many issues of energy demand in the built environment, setting them in the wider context of climate change policy and the history of energy use.

BENVGEF3 Energy Theory, Measurement and Interpretation (15 credits)

This course is designed to strengthen your theoretical foundations in energy and energy technologies. It provides a background in the science and engineering of laboratory measurement and field studies in energy demand.

BENVGED2 Energy Society, Economics and Policy (15 credits)

This module provides a broad understanding of the social, economic and policy determinants of energy demand. There are 3 themes:

  • Economics: pricing and demand, market structure, cost–benefit analysis, discounting, uncertainties
  • Society: social environment and lifestyle, individual attitudes and behaviour, intra- and cross-cultural variation in energy-using practices
  • Policy: public–private goods, externalities, equity, information, regulation, the policy cycle

Transferable skills modules

BENVGED3 Research Concepts (15 credits)

An introduction to research in academia, with a particular focus on the skills and approaches commonly applied to the study of energy demand.

BENVGED7 Communication Skills (15 credits)

An introduction to academic writing, giving presentations, working with others and networking and communication with the public.


BENVGED5 Guided Research Project (30 credits)

This module allows students to undertake publication-level research at the beginning of their MRes. You’ll use real research data to investigate a defined topic and methodology, and will be guided to produce an individual scientific report (6,000 words).

BENVGED6 Dissertation Research Project (90 credits)

A self-led study, under the guidance of the Course Director and project supervisor(s). Students will undertake original research from an appropriate disciplinary focus. It will be assessed by:

  • 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits)
  • 4,000 word paper (15 credits)
  • 45-minute viva (15 credits)