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Visiting students

The UCL Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) has a small number of places available each year for visiting students. We offer places for postgraduate research visiting students and postgraduate taught visiting students.

Why join us

  • Belong to a community of internationally recognised academics, talented researchers and dedicated students working across six different research themes allowing for a truly interdisciplinary experience.
  • Study within an Institute that has a portfolio of over £20M in current research grants and consultancy work that provides cutting-edge learning to your studies.
  • Be part of a vibrant Doctoral Training Programme of over 40 PhD students and a growing portfolio of multidisciplinary postgraduate programmes.

Studying at UCL-Energy, you will benefit from undertaking research in a new environment and this will provide different insights and perspectives within your discipline. We will provide you with access to:

  • A hot desk
  • The UCL main library
  • Seminars and social events within UCL-Energy

Postgraduate Research Visiting Student - Independent


  • Visiting students must be registered on a PhD programme at an overseas university.
  • Visiting students can apply to spend a period of 3 to 12 months at UCL, on a full time basis only, undertaking research, which is complementary to the Doctorate/PhD project at their home university. UCL do not make joint awards with other universities.
  • Tuition fees are payable on a pro-rata basis.
  • Applicants must satisfy UCL and the Bartlett Faculty's academic requirements for entry. Students should have a UK bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, awarded with first-class or upper second-class (2:1) honours OR an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute.
  • For those applicants with a first or 2:1, possession of a master's degree is highly desirable, though not essential; in exceptional cases, where they have other suitable research experience, candidates without a master's degree may be admitted. Applicants who have a lower second-class honours bachelor's degree (2:2) must possess a relevant master's degree.
  • All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied according to UCL's English language requirements.
  • At the end of their stay at UCL-Energy, visiting research students are expected to generate a brief piece of work (e.g. a report) and present a seminar on their findings to staff and students. 
  • Please note UCL-Energy/UCL ISR are unable to provide assistance with visas and applicants must have access to sufficient funds to cover the cost of living. Central UCL are able to offer assistance with accommodation.

What can a postgraduate research visiting student expect?

  • To receive academic and pastoral support from a principal supervisor providing oversight, guidance and support in your research in dialogue with your principal supervisor at your host institution.

Application process

To apply, you will need to:

Identify a potential supervisor. View the profiles of our 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. Alternatively you can search for supervisors by theme. Please note, only certain research staff are able to supervise PhD students and it may not always be possible for our supervisors to accept visiting student applications.

Prepare a brief proposal (one page maximum), outlining:

  • The subject of your PhD research
  • The work you plan to undertake during your time at UCL-Energy including a work plan
  • How studying specifically at UCL-Energy will enhance your research
  • How you will contribute to the UCL-Energy community
  • The dates and duration of your proposed visit 

Submit your proposal and a copy of your CV to the potential supervisor. Please also submit a letter of support from your PhD supervisor at your home institution.

Once you have a positive response regarding supervision, you should then:

Complete an official visiting research student application form from the prospective international students section using the programme code, RAFENRSING07. Please note that only hard copies will be accepted.

Fees for 2013/14:

EU: £4,400 and non-EU: £15,750 (FT for one year). Please see the tuition fee status procedure for more information. Tuition fees are payable on a pro-rata basis depending on the length of visit.


All applications should be received at least 3 months before your proposed start date at UCL. If your application is incomplete (i.e. missing proof of English Language or official Academic Transcript) you should allow more time. If you are applying to attend during term time, you should try to submit your application before the following deadlines:

31 March for students applying to start in September

30 September for students applying to start in January

Postgraduate Taught Visiting Students


  • These placements are structured, short-term, supervised placements often focused around particular tasks or projects with defined timescales.
  • Placements will be no longer than 1 month in duration and should be complementary to the study being undertaken at the home university.
  • Applicants should meet UCL’s General Entry Requirements for postgraduate study – they should possess a UK equivalent first degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Working level of English.
  • Each application is judged on its own merits, taking into account a range of factors, including:- 

- academic achievement at the home institution
- any relevant pre-university qualifications
- strength of academic references and personal statement
- how closely the proposed research interests match the interests of the tutor.

What can postgrdaute taught visiting students expect?

  • Students will benefit from enriched skills, achieving a contribution to a project and gaining insights and new perspectives from professionals in a discipline of work.
  • Students will receive guidance and support from a placement tutor.
  • Students will not be able to attend UCL-Energy/UCL ISR postgraduate modules.
  • Students will not be required to pay UCL tuition fees.
  • There shall be a limit of 3 students per year and one student per member of research staff.

Application process

Identify a potential placement tutor. View the profiles of our research staff at UCL-Energy and UCL ISR to see if there is someone working in the field you are interested in. Please note it may not always be possible for our research staff to accept applications.

Prepare a brief proposal (one page maximum), outlining:

  • The subject of your Masters programme and dissertation research (if applicable).
  • The area of research you are interested in and how this links to the work of the proposed tutor.
  • The dates and duration of your proposed visit 

Submit your proposal and a copy of your CV to the potential tutor. Please also submit a letter of support/reference from your Masters programme Course Director at your home institution.

Case of Support/Programme of Work. For tutors wishing to accept a visiting Masters student please forward the proposal, CV and reference along with a one-page case of support and programme of work to the Doctoral Training Programme Manager for response.