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Energy Demand Studies - MRes

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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 four technical modules (two valued at 15 credits each, two audited), two transferable skills modules (15 credits each), a guided research project (30 credits) and a dissertation research project (90 credits).

Technical modules
-Energy Theory, Measurement and Interpretation
-Energy: Society, Economics and Policy
-Energy Demand in Context

Transferable skills modules
-Research Concepts
-Communication Skills

All students undertake a guided team research project, and 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.

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.


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.

Top career destinations for this degree
-Teaching assistant on Undergraduate and MSc course at UCL, UCL (University College London) and studying MPhil/PhD Energy Demand Reduction and the Built Environment, University College London (UCL)
-PhD Built Environment, University College London (UCL)
-PhD Energy Demand in the Built Environment, University College London (UCL)
-PhD Energy Demand Studies, University College London (UCL)

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.

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 top class 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.

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

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and/or relevant work experience in addition to a first degree will also be considered.

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