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The MRes in Energy Demand Studies is designed to equip students for careers as professional researchers. Technical work is highly topical, focusing on energy demand in the built environment, and is complemented by the development of research and transferable skills.

About this degree

The programme focuses on skills and knowledge required to undertake research in energy demand reduction in the built environment and comprises three strands: technical modules, transferable skills and research. Topics include thermodynamics, building physics, behaviour, energy systems, modelling, policy and economics. Transferable skills include writing, presenting and communicating with different stakeholders. Significant emphasis is placed on research and methodologies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (four valued at 15 credits each, one valued at 30 credits, one audited) and a dissertation research project (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Energy Theory, Measurement and Interpretation
  • Energy: Society, Economics and Policy
  • Energy Demand in Context
  • Research Concepts
  • Communication Skills
  • Guided Research Project

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

Teaching sessions are highly interactive and led by experienced researchers. Students read key texts in advance of lectures and seminars to accelerate learning and focus sessions on research-oriented issues. Small group sizes, regular tutorials and supervision meetings combine to provide tailored support across a range of disciplines and research topics.

Placement

All students will attend a residential block week in Loughborough at the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand at the start of term one. This will incur no additional costs for students.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Energy Demand Studies MRes

Careers

The Energy Demand Studies MRes programme has been developed by experienced researchers to provide a superb grounding in the skills and knowledge required to pursue a research career in a range of sectors such as academia, government, consultancies, engineering companies and NGOs. To date, many of our students have gone on to gain funded PhD studentships at UCL-Energy and multinational organisations such as Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Environmental Consultant, Carbone 4
  • Manufacturing Engineer, General Electric
  • PhD Energy Demand Studies, UCL

Employability

Having undertaken a significant original research project, our graduates are well equipped to apply their skills to a career in a research environment. Their technical knowledge combined with transferable skills, such as communication skills, project management and problem-solving, are highly sought after in a wide range of careers. Our students gain access to networking events, career workshops and exclusive seminars held at the UCL Energy Institute.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Energy Institute is a leading centre for research into energy demand and the built environment, a sector of increasing importance due to the challenges of climate change, energy affordability and energy security. Students undertaking the Energy Demand Studies MRes have the opportunity to undertake original research in a multidisciplinary environment and engage with leading researchers.

Research into demand and the built environment provides many challenges for researchers due to the complex interplay of people, buildings and economics. The unique multidisciplinary approach of the programme helps students develop into more complete individual researchers and effectively integrate into research teams.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Energy Demand Studies (MRes) page on the University College London website for more details!

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