UCL Energy Institute


MPhil/PhD Energy

We select the best students for first-class training and prepare them to launch careers as the energy pioneers of tomorrow.

Research degrees prove the capacity to organise, carry out and write up a substantial piece of research, presented in a thesis that shows academic rigour and originality.

Why choose The Bartlett?

We offer:

  • a leading centre for research into energy demand and the built environment
  • the opportunity to learn from experienced and respected researchers and to undertake original research
  • a multidisciplinary approach that helps students develop into more complete individual researchers and effectively integrate into research teams

About the course

UCL-Energy is 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.

The main and final product of this programme is the thesis, and your result rests on the examination of this.

At the end of your studies you’ll be awarded a UCL Energy Institute Research Degree with a sub category – Energy and (the Built Environment, Economics, Engineering, Health, Human Dimensions, Policy, Resources or Transport).

Alumni Testimonials



Moira Nicholson

Having completed a MSc in Public Policy, I decided I wanted to apply the  knowledge I’d gained of behavioural public policy at PhD level. I applied and was fortunately accepted on the LoLo CDT in energy demand studies, and completed a PhD in how behavioural science could be applied to boost domestic consumer uptake of demand-side response tariffs and products. About a year before I finished, I saw that the British Energy regulator, Ofgem, was advertising for someone with the same experience and skill set I’d been developing over my Masters and then PhD. This is the role that I now work in. It involves advising policymakers on how to test policies prior to implementation as well as how behavioural science can be incorporated into policy design so that policy interventions go with the grain of human behaviour (otherwise known as nudging). I feel very confident that my PhD played a major role in making sure I was qualified for the role and hope that it will help me progress with my career in future too.

Moira Nicolson

More information

  • Find out more about the course structurethe staff acting as its supervisors, and funding opportunities available.
  • Please note that for overseas students this programme is subject to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). Should your application be successful, after you receive your formal offer from UCL you will need to apply for an ATAS Certificate before applying for your student visa. Full list of requirements and exemptions can be found on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) section of the UCL Students website.
  • Visit the programme overview page for core information, such as how to apply