MSc Materials for Energy and Environment

Students gain an advanced knowledge of materials science as it applies to energy and environmental technologies, with research activities spanning the spectrum of energy-related research from development of batteries and fuel cells to prediction of the structure of new water-splitting catalytic materials. Students benefit from courses in chemistry and physics, thus offering a future employer a wide-ranging skills base.

Below are details about this programme for 2024 to 2025. Applications for September 2024 is open now. Further information about UCL graduate programmes can be found on the UCL Graduate degrees pageThis programme is also accredited by the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry).

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The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, techniques for carbon capture and storage, climate engineering, as well as an appreciation of the impact of these on the environment. This is a broad-based MSc, ideal for you if you wish to acquire skills in energy and materials science in order to participate in the emerging challenges to meet climate change targets.


Degree Structure:

Taught modules are delivered through a mixture of on-line materials with various workshops and tutorials. These modules will enhance your subject knowledge in materials science, and chemistry as applied to the areas of energy, and environment, and also develop your transferrable and professional skills.

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits, with compulsory modules which form the academic basis of the programme.

The programme consists of the following modules:

Core Modules

Optional Modules Students take a total of 30 optional credits (2 modules of 15 credits each or one module of 30 credits):

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

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We offer an excellent education with high standards of teaching in an exciting but friendly environment. We foster a community feel to the department and you will mix throughout your time here with staff, undergraduate students and researchers.

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Postgraduate Taught Tutor
Dr Anna Roffey
Tel: 020 7679 5574

Programme Director
Dr Yang Xu
Tel: 020 7679 1502
Email: y.xu.1@ucl.ac.uk