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MRes Energy Demand Studies


Our MRes offers outstanding preparation for a career as a leader in energy-related industry or academia.

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

The only programme of its kind in the UK, the MRes Energy Demand Studies (EDS) offers students grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to carry out research into energy demand reduction in the built environment.

The course has 3 strands:

  • technical modules (topics include thermodynamics, building physics, behaviour, energy systems, modelling, policy and economics)
  • transferable skills (e.g. writing, presenting, communicating with the public)
  • research

You’ll be introduced to a research-style form of study, reading key texts that provide a focus for research-oriented teaching sessions in small, highly interactive groups, led by experienced researchers.

The London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand

The MRes EDS also forms the first year of a 4-year PhD programme offered by UCL-Energy, via the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand.


The MRes Energy Demand Studies is a 180-credit course, focused on the needs of early career researchers.

There’s a focus on the multidisciplinary nature of research in energy demand – students learn relevant topics from science, social science and economics, and participate with a vibrant mix of researchers and peers.

It involves:

  • research, which is undertaken throughout the course and comprises the bulk of course credits (120), via the Guided Research Project and the Dissertation Research Project
  • technical modules covering the most relevant theory, previous research, context, methods and issues with undertaking research in this field
  • 2 compulsory transferable skills modules that support personal development, particularly in effective research management, methodologies and communication skills.

The programme is an intensive taught course, with most of the modules taking place during Term 1 and one in Term 2. Research activities take place throughout.

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)


Catalina Spataru, Course Director
Lecturer in Energy Systems and Networks

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Leila Tufekci, Programme Administrator
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Current teaching staff

Dr Cliff Elwell
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Professor Bob Lowe
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David Shipworth
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Tristan Smith
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Neil Strachan
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The MRes EDS is a small-scale programme with limited places available.

This year we have just 10 students enrolled, giving them the unique opportunity to work closely with our academics and other students, and tailor the course to their individual needs.

The course is multi-disciplinary and our students come from a variety of backgrounds such as physics, engineering, architecture and social sciences.

The MRes EDS attracts a wide range of both international and UK/EU students with experiences in further education and the workplace.


Course code: TMRBLTSEDS01

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Detailed knowledge of buildings and energy is not required to undertake the course.

The MRes in Energy Demand Studies is an interdisciplinary course
The study of energy demand in the built environment is complex and often surprising: the interplay of physics, engineering, economics and behaviour creates a challenging and exciting area of research. An appreciation of a wide range of disciplines is required to thoroughly investigate and contextualise research in energy demand. Students will develop a diverse range of skills on the MRes EDS, and these must be underpinned by an appropriate background; we expect that all prospective students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Good numeracy and literacy and an ability to present ideas clearly
  • An appreciation of the importance of behaviour and society in energy demand
  • An understanding of or ability to learn basic physics and engineering concepts
  • Strong performance in a science, engineering or social sciences discipline

Providing the best support for your studies
Original research is a primary focus of the MRes in Energy Demand Studies; the Dissertation Research Project is a key opportunity for students to investigate a topic of interest to them in detail. It is essential to ensure that our supervisory capabilities meet students’ needs – please provide a statement of the anticipated disciplinary focus of your research (e.g. physics, economics, social science, architecture) to enable us to check that we are likely to meet your supervisory needs.

How to apply

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Who can apply?

Applications are invited from graduates with a good first degree 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).

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn: 

  • why you want to study Energy Demand Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Energy Demand Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme 
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme 
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree 
  • a short statement of a topic you anticipate that you may like to study (this is likely to change over the course of the first term in the light of the courses you will undertake)

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU Full time - £7,375

Overseas Full time - £20,210

Fees for Modular/Flexible study will be calculated based on the number of modules selected each year


Full details of UCL Scholarship opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website.

We have fully funded studentships available through London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand programme. This is a four year programme that includes the MRes in Energy Demand Studies and a 3 year PhD. Visit the London-Loughborough Centre website for more information. 


We are now accepting modular/flexible and full time applications for a September 2016 start. The deadline is the 29th of July 2016

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Funding and Scholarships

LoLo CDT funding

The MRes EDS forms the first year of a 4-year funded PhD programme offered by UCL-Energy, via the London-Loughborough (LoLo) EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand. Recruitment for funded places typically opens in December of each year. For more information please see http://www.lolo.ac.uk/.

Other funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies. 

Find out more on the UCL Scholarships and Funding pages.