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UCL-Energy Research Degree (RRDENRSING01)
UCL-Energy MRes Energy Demand Studies (TMRBLTSEDS01)
UCL-Energy MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment (TMSECOSEASE01) 


UCL Energy Institute Research Degree or MPhil/PhD (RRDENRSING01)


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

I am interested in applying for a PhD at UCL-Energy. What research themes do you cover? 

The UCL Energy Institute's core research focuses on six main areas: buildings, energy systems, people and energy, policy and law, smart energy and transport. 

The multidisciplinary approach of UCL-Energy is at the heart of its success.  Most energy problems are multidisciplinary in nature, spanning science, engineering and the social sciences and therefore different approaches are needed to understand and tackle these issues. At UCL-Energy, we are developing a range of tools, models and methods that are required to address the energy challenge over the next two decades. We believe that all processes need to be developed in parallel and that interaction between different systems, disciplines and methods is essential.

At UCL-Energy we are developing different research themes, which while independent areas also interact, resulting in innovative approaches to energy-related problems. Visit our research pages for further information. 

Additionally, our partner institute the UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) research programme is being developed around five key themes: Abiotic resources, Biotic resources, Resource efficiency, Sustainability indicators, Green economy.

What are the academic requirements to apply for a PhD?

A UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject awarded with first (1st) or upper second-class (2:1) Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute. If you are unsure about your overseas qualifications please contact Annabel Brown in the Bartlett Faculty Graduate Office.

For those applicants with a 1st or 2:1 possessing a Masters degree is highly desirable, though not essential, and in exceptional cases candidates without Masters degrees may be admitted, where they have other suitable research experience. In any case, we expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Masters degree are typically well prepared to provide one. 

Applicants who have a lower second-class Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) must possess a relevant Masters degree.

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

Can you tell me if I am eligible to apply based on my CV?

The Bartlett Faculty Office and the Department will not be able to tell you if you meet the requirements set by UCL admissions due to the complexity of the process and the detailed information required. This is also the case when determining your tuition fee status. UCL admissions will assess your application once you formally apply.

How do I find a suitable PhD supervisor? 

View the profiles of people in the 'Supervisors' section on the MPhil/PhD in Energy page to see if there is someone working in the field you are interested in or on a topic similar to the one you propose studying. All UCL research students need two UCL supervisors: a principal and a subsidiary supervisor. Please note only certain research staff are able to supervise PhD students.

Do I need to provide the results from an English test when I apply?

No - you can do this during or post-admission. For more information, please see English Language Requirements. Please note the Bartlett requires a 'standard' level of English.  

How long will it take to complete the application process?

The entire process from application to offer letters being sent out can take between two and three months on average.

When is the application deadline?

For self-funded students there are no deadlines for application however the majority of students start at the beginning of each academic year (September). It is recommended students apply at least two months before they wish to start their studies to allow time for their application to be processed. 

How long does it take to complete a PhD and can I study part time? 

Depending on funding a typical full-time study PhD will take between 36 and 48 months to complete (with transfer from MPhil to PhD taking place at 12 months).  It is possible to study for a UCL-Energy Research Degree (RRDENRSING01) part time (this can take up to 60 months). 

I am a self-funded student - how much will I have to pay? 

If you are self-funded, do you have enough money to cover your fees and living costs? For more information about living expenses visit UCL Information for Prospective Students (Graduate). UCL now charges for applications to some taught programmes, you will not have to pay this charge for your application for MPhil/PhD.

UCL-Energy Research Degree (RRDENRSING01) 2013/14 Entry 

UK/EU Full-Time £4,400/Part-Time £2,200

Overseas Full-Time  £15,750/Part-Time £8,000

Can you waive my tuition fees?

We are currently unable to waive tuition fees.

I am applying for funding and need a letter from the Department/a supervisor saying you'll accept me in advance of my submitting an application so I can apply for it. Is this possible? 

Unfortunately we are not able to give applicants any form of 'pre-acceptance' letter.

What funding is available? 

1. The London-Loughborough Centre for doctoral research in energy demand (MRes + PhD 4 year programme) studentships - You can find more information about funding on the "Become a Student" page of the London-Loughborough Centre website. Funding is for 4 years (1 year MRes Energy Demand Studies + 3 yr PhD) and is only available to eligible applicants (see the website for funding eligibility). 

London-Loughborough Centre studentships - This is through a pre-application process, so please do not apply directly to UCL. Recruitment for 2014/15 will be open shortly. For further information read this news item.

2. UCL-Energy Studentships - A small number of studentships may be available each year.  They are announced on the UCL-Energy website.

3. UCL Scholarships - Visit the UCL Graduate Scholarships website for more information about these scholarships. Please bear in mind that you should already have received an offer when you apply for this funding.

I have a very specific research proposal in mind - can I apply to the 4 year CDT programme? 

The first year of the programme is an MRes in Energy Demand Studies and students will be exposed to a broad range of ideas and concepts and we would expect that many may change the focus of what they wish to pursue as a PhD after this first year. During the MRes year students develop a suitable PhD research proposal with help from the Centre Directors and Academic Managers at UCL and Loughborough University. The research-focused structure of the MRes will prepare students to take this step.

How do I apply? 

First Steps

Develop your research proposal -: Your application should include a research proposal (maximum 2,000 words) outlining the subject of your proposed research, the questions you hope to answer, why you think this knowledge will be of value, your intended method and the sources you will use.

Identify a potential supervisor -: Have a look through the 'supervisors' section of the MPhil/Phd webpage and view the profiles of the supervisors to see if there is someone working in the field you are interested in or on a topic similar to the one you propose studying. Please note only certain research staff are able to supervise PhD students.

Funding

Before making contact with a potential supervisor you will need to have considered how you will fund your studies, either by funding yourself, identifying and applying for studentships and scholarships, or via industrial scholarships.

The application process

1. Send your potential supervisor(s) - which you should have already identified by this stage- the following documentation:

- Proposal : Your application should include a research proposal (maximum 2,000 words) outlining the subject of your proposed research, the questions you hope to answer, why you think this knowledge will be of value, your intended method and the sources you will use.

- CV

2. Once you have a positive response from the supervisor(s), you should complete an official application to UCL.

Visit UCL Graduate Applications section of the UCL website for detailed information about how to apply. For applicants wishing to apply for a UCL-Energy Research Degree use the Programme Code RRDENRSING0.

Do I have to pay to apply? 

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

Can I come to the UCL Energy Institute for a tour or to speak to someone in person?

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.  While we cannot provide meetings in person, we are more than happy to answer any questions via email.

Who do I contact about my application? 

For formal applications to UCL - receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you have waited longer than 5 weeks for your acknowledgement, please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381. For pre-applications to the London-Loughborough Centre and any other queries not detailed here or on other sections of our website please contact Mae Oroszlany, Programme Adminstrator, UCL-Energy or on +44 (0)20 3108 5941.


UCL-Energy MRes Energy Demand Studies (TMRBLTSEDS01)

What are the academic requirements to apply for the MRES EDS?

Applicants for the MRes in Energy Demand Studies should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution or the overseas equivalent 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) or related subject (psychology, architecture, planning and surveying, other built environment disciplines etc).

Applicants who do not already possess at least a a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution or the overseas equivalent, may still be considered where they have a postgraduate qualification and/or significant relevant work experience in addition to a first degree.

Do I need to provide the results from an English test when I apply?

No - you can do this during or post-admission. For more information, please see English Language Requirements. Please note the Bartlett requires a 'standard' level of English.  

I am a self-funded student - how much will I have to pay? 

UK/EU 2014/15 - £6,950
Overseas 2014/15 - £19,050

Can you tell me if I am eligible to apply based on my CV?

The Bartlett Faculty Office and the Department will not be able to tell you if you meet the requirements set by UCL admissions due to the complexity of the process and the detailed information required. This is also the case when determining your tuition fee status. UCL admissions will assess your application once you formally apply.

How long does it take to complete the MRes in Energy Demand Studies and can I study part time? 

At present it is not possible to undertake the MRes EDS on a part time basis. The MRes EDS programme takes one year to complete.

What is the difference between an MRes and MSc? 

The MRes in Energy Demand studies is markedly different from a typical MSc programme. The focus of this graduate degree is on undertaking research. From the outset, much like postdoctoral researchers, you will use recently acquired knowledge to work directly on active research problems.

What is the timetable for teaching?

The timetable for this year can be found on the UCL Common Timetable and teaching will be spread across three days during term 1 and term 2.  Term 3 will focus on the dissertation.  For more information regarding terms, please see UCL term dates.

Can I automatically upgrade to a PhD after studying the MRes? 

Unfortunately places on our PhD programme are extremely limited so we cannot guarantee places for all our MRes students.  However, studying our MRes will increase your chances in being successful in getting a place on our PhD programme as you will get the opportunity to truly develop your research skills which will give you excellent grounding for a PhD.    

When can I apply?

Applications will open in early October and close on 2 August 2014.  Please sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date once applications open.

Can I come to UCL Energy Institute for a tour or to speak to someone in person?

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.  While we cannot provide meetings in person, we are more than happy to answer any questions via email.  We also run Skype sessions during the year which provide applicants with the opportunity to ask Course Directors any questions via Skype.  Please sign up to our mailing list to find out when our next Skype session is. 

Who do I contact about my application? 

For formal applications to UCL - receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you have waited longer than 5 weeks for your acknowledgement, please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381. For any other queries not detailed here or on other sections of our website please contact Kate Rice, Programme Administrator, UCL-Energy or on +44 (0)20 3108 5963. 


UCL-Energy MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment (TMSECOSEASE01)

What are the academic requirements to apply for the MSc in EPEE?

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant discipline (economics, economics-plus, a science or engineering subject) is required. A second-class degree may, however, 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 aptitude and experience in business, government, etc.

I am a self-funded student - how much will I have to pay?

UK/EU 2014/15: £10,800

Overseas 2014/15: £19,550  

Do I need to provide the results from an English test when I apply?

No - you can do this during or post-admission. For more information, please see English Language Requirements. Please note the Bartlett requires a 'standard' level of English.  

Can you tell me if I am eligible to apply based on my CV?

The Bartlett Faculty Office and the Department will not be able to tell you if you meet the requirements set by UCL admissions due to the complexity of the process and the detailed information required. This is also the case when determining your tuition fee status. UCL admissions will assess your application once you formally apply.

When can I apply?

Applications will open in early October and close on 2 August 2014.  Please sign up to our mailing list to be kept uppplications open.

How long does it take to complete the MSc in EPEE and can I study part-time?

The MSc in EPEE typically takes one year if taken full-time and from 2 to 5 years if taken on a modular basis. 

What is the timetable for teaching?

The timetable for this year can be found on the UCL Common Timetable and teaching will be spread across three days during term 1 and term 2.  Term 3 will focus on the dissertation.  For more information regarding terms, please see UCL term dates.  

Can I come to UCL Energy Institute for a tour or to speak to someone in person?

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.  While we cannot provide meetings in person, we are more than happy to answer any questions via email.  We also run Skype sessions during the year which provide applicants with the opportunity to ask Course Directors any questions via Skype.  Please sign up to our mailing list to find out when our next Skype session is. 

Who do I contact about my application? 

For formal applications to UCL - receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you have waited longer than 5 weeks for your acknowledgement, please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381.

For any other queries not detailed to date once a here or on other sections of our website please contact our Programme Administrators:

MRes/MSc Kate Rice

PhD/BASc Mae Oroszlany