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UCL Energy Institute Research Degree or MPhil/PhD

For information about the application process, deadlines and requirements, see the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Research themes

The UCL Energy Institute's core research focuses on 6 main areas:

  • buildings
  • energy systems
  • people and energy
  • policy and law
  • smart energy
  • transport

At UCL-Energy we take a multidisciplinary approach. We develop different research themes that are independent but also interact.

Find out more on our Research pages.

Additionally, our partner institute, the UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources, research programme is being developed around 5 key themes:

  • abiotic resources
  • biotic resources
  • resource efficiency
  • sustainability indicators
  • green economy

Academic requirements to apply for a PhD

Students should have a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) honours degree in a relevant subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification from a recognised higher education institute.

Please contact Annabel Brown in the Bartlett Faculty Graduate Office if you’re unsure about your overseas qualification.

Possession of a Master's degree is highly desirable, though not essential. In exceptional cases, candidates without a master's degree may be admitted provided they have other suitable research experience.

Applicants with a lower second-class honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) must have a relevant Master's degree.

Students initially register for an MPhil degree and, subject to satisfactory progression, transfer to the PhD degree in the second year of research.

Please note that we’re not able to tell you if you meet UCL’s requirements on the basis of your CV.

Finding a suitable PhD supervisor

Identify a potential supervisor by viewing the profiles of our supervisors or searching by theme. Please note that only certain research staff are able to supervise PhD students.

All UCL research students need a principal and a subsidiary supervisor.

When to provide English language test results

You can do this during or after admission.

For more information, please see English Language Requirements.

Length of the application process

The entire process, from application to offer letters being sent out, takes 2–3 months on average.

Application deadline

For self-funded students there are no deadlines for application, however most students start at the beginning of each academic year (September).

Students should apply at least 2 months before they wish to start studying to allow time for the application process.

Length of study

Depending on funding, a typical full-time PhD will take between 36 and 48 months to complete (with transfer from MPhil to PhD taking place at 12 months).

It’s also possible to study part time (this can take up to 60 months).

Costs for self-funded students

Find out more about UCL student fees.

For more information about living expenses, visit UCL Information for Prospective Students (Graduate).

Waiving tuition fees

We’re currently unable to waive tuition fees.

Pre-acceptance letters

Unfortunately we can’t give applicants any form of 'pre-acceptance' letter.

Available funding

  • London-Loughborough Centre studentships: this is through a pre-application process, so please do not apply directly to UCL.
  • UCL-Energy Studentships: a small number of studentships may be available each year. They’re announced on the UCL-Energy website.
  • UCL Scholarships: visit the UCL Graduate Scholarships website for more information about these scholarships. You should already have received an offer when you apply for this funding.

Applying

Visit the Applying pages for detailed guidance.

Application fees

The UCL application fee is only for taught programmes. There is currently no fee for applications for research degrees.

Tours and meetings at the UCL Energy Institute

Unfortunately we do not provide tours as it is a busy working environment but you're welcome to take a self-guided tour around UCL.

We can’t provide meetings in person, but we’re more than happy to answer any questions via email.

Who to contact about your application

For formal applications to UCL, receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you haven’t received acknowledgement within 5 weeks please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381.

For pre-applications to the London-Loughborough Centre and any other queries, please contact:

Mae Oroszlany
Programme Administrator, UCL-Energy
+44 (0)20 3108 5941

The UCL Graduate Prospectus provides information about the application process, deadlines and requirements expected by UCL.

UCL-Energy MRes Energy Demand Studies

Academic requirements

Students should have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in:

  • a relevant science (physics, mathematics, natural sciences, geology and geographical science, social sciences, materials science, etc.)
  • engineering (chemical, civil, electronic and electrical, mechanical, etc.)
  • a related subject (psychology, architecture, planning and surveying, other built environment disciplines, etc.)

You may still be considered without this if you have a postgraduate qualification and/or significant relevant work experience in addition to a first degree.

Please note that we’re not able to tell you if you meet UCL’s requirements on the basis of your CV.

When to provide English language test results

You can do this during or post-admission.

For more information, please see English Language Requirements.

Costs for self-funded students

Find out more about UCL student fees.

For more information about living expenses, visit UCL Information for Prospective Students (Graduate).

Length of study

The MRes EDS typically takes 1 year if taken full-time and 2–5 years if taken on a modular/flexible basis.

Modular/flexible study

With modular/flexible study, you can select which taught modules to complete each term.

Once you’ve completed all your taught modules, you can take the Guided Research Project and the Dissertation.

With this option it’s possible to come in just once a week during term time and complete the MRes EDS in 2–5 years.

Due to UK study visa restrictions, modular/flexible study is only available to UK/EU students.

Fees are pro rata to the number of modules taken each academic year.

MRes vs MSc

The MRes is markedly different from a typical MSc programme.

The focus is on research. From the outset, much like postdoctoral researchers, you’ll use acquired knowledge to work directly on active research problems.

Teaching timetable

This timetable can be found on the UCL Common Timetable page.

Teaching will be spread across 3 days during Term 1 and Term 2. Term 3 will focus on the dissertation.

For more information, please see the UCL term dates.

Upgrading to a PhD after the MRes

Places on our PhD programme are extremely limited so we cannot guarantee them for all our MRes students.

However, studying our MRes will increase your chances of getting a place on our PhD programme, as you’ll have an excellent grounding for a PhD.

When to apply

Please sign up to our mailing list to find out when applications open.

Tours and meetings at the UCL Energy Institute

Unfortunately we do not provide tours as it is a busy working environment but you're welcome to take a self-guided tour around UCL.

We can’t provide meetings in person, but we’re more than happy to answer any questions via email.

We also run Skype sessions during the year for applicants to ask the Course Directors any questions. Please sign up to our mailing list to find out when our next session is.

Who to contact about your application

For formal applications to UCL, receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you haven’t received acknowledgement within 5 weeks please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381.

For any other queries, please contact:

Leila Tufekci
Programme Administrator, MRes Energy Demand Studies
+44 (0)20 3108 9945

UCL-Energy MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment

Academic requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (economics, economics-plus, a science or engineering subject) or an equivalent overseas qualification is usually required.

A non-quantitative degree may be considered provided that some aptitude (e.g. at A level) has been demonstrated for quantitative analysis.

These requirements may be relaxed for mature students who can demonstrate professional aptitude and experience.

Please note that we’re not able to tell you if you meet UCL’s requirements on the basis of your CV.

Costs for self-funded students

Find out more about UCL student fees.

For more information about living expenses, visit UCL Information for Prospective Students (Graduate).

When to apply

Please sign up to our mailing list to find out when applications open.

Length of study

The MSc typically takes 1 year if taken full-time and 2–5 years if taken on a modular/flexible basis.

Modular/flexible study

With modular/flexible study, you can select which taught modules to complete each term.

Each taught module runs once a week for 10 weeks during Term 1 or Term 2. Once you have completed all your taught modules you can take the Dissertation.

With this option it’s possible to come in just once a week during term time and complete the MRes EDS in 2–5 years.

Due to UK study visa restrictions, modular/flexible study is only available to UK/EU students.

Fees are pro rata to the number of modules taken each academic year.

Teaching timetable

This timetable can be found on the UCL Common Timetable page.

Teaching will be spread across 3 days during Term 1 and Term 2. Term 3 will focus on the dissertation.

For more information, please see the UCL term dates.

Tours and meetings at the UCL Energy Institute

Unfortunately we do not provide tours as it is a busy working environment but you're welcome to take a self-guided tour around UCL.

We can’t provide meetings in person, but we’re more than happy to answer any questions via email.

We also run Skype sessions during the year for applicants to ask the Course Directors any questions. Please sign up to our mailing list to find out when our next session is.

Who to contact about your application

For formal applications to UCL, receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you haven’t received acknowledgement within 5 weeks please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381.

For any other queries, please contact our Programme Administrators: