As part of the SURE Doctoral Training Centre, UCL ISR hosts a number of Doctoral Studentships funded by BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities along with a number of self funded PhD students.
UCL ISR has funded 5 PhD students through this scheme in 2012 and 16 in September 2013. This year 8 of our students will focus on defining ‘the sustainable use of resources’ for specific resource and environmental themes, and computing the ‘sustainability gap’ between current and sustainable use of the resources, before moving on to apply this understanding of sustainability to some other theme related to their resource. Another 4 students will also use the concept of sustainability to explore cross-cutting aspects of resource use, related to cities, business, political economy and modelling the green economy.
This will surely be one of the largest and most wide-ranging research programme into sustainable resource use in the world.
About our MPhil/PhD Programme
Research degrees are awarded for the most advanced level of study available at UCL. The purpose of these degrees is to prove the capacity to organise, carry out and write up a substantial piece of research, presented in a thesis, which demonstrates academic rigour and originality.
At the UCL ISR, students work alongside experienced researchers in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment.
The main and final product of the programme of study is the thesis, on the examination of which the result of the degree rests. At UCL there is no public oral examination: the oral examination of the candidate is conducted in private, usually by two examiners (and on occasion a third), at least one of whom is external to UCL and both of whom have read the thesis previously.
The award of an MPhil or PhD is considered proof of competence in the devising and carrying out of a programme of research. A PhD, in addition, is regarded as evidence of originality in thought and critical judgement.
At the end of your studies you will be awarded a UCL ISR Research Degree with a sub category - [Sustainable Materials Use, Sustainable Land Use, Sustainable Water Use, Sustainable Resource Use, Modelling Sustainable Resources, Sustainable Resources]