Become a student

Study at the forefront of energy demand research

- Are you interested in energy demand research; a complex interplay of people, buildings and economics? You could make an important contribution to lowering carbon emissions from our built stock, currently responsible for over 40% of UK energy use and emissions, and to addressing the challenge of fuel affordability.

- Are you looking for a high quality multidisciplinary doctoral training programme (MRes + PhD) in energy which gives you the opportunity to learn from experienced researchers and to undertake original research at a world leading institution?

- Are you a graduate with a good first degree in one of the following areas: physical sciences (physics, natural sciences, chemistry, materials science), statistics, mathematics, engineering (civil, mechanical, chemical, electronic, electrical), economics, social sciences or other built environment disciplines? A background in buildings and energy is not required as it is the topic of the initial 1 year MRes.

  • We are offering up to 16 fully funded studentships for entry into the 2015 academic year.
  • As one of our students you will join a vibrant and diverse community of academics and graduate students.
  • Join either Loughborough or UCL where you will be supervised by world-leading academics supported by large research teams.
  • You will have the opportunity to engage closely with partners in industry, policy, NGOs and academia to pursue relevant and timely research, providing multiple routes into future employment in the rapidly expanding field of energy demand research. Opportunities include joint projects, secondments and mentoring.
  • You will gain business and innovation skills; project and programme management skills; teamwork, communication and leadership skills; and the ability to seek solutions to complex, multifaceted problems.
  • You will receive a stipend which is tax free plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply).
  • Stipend for UCL will be £17,090 while stipend for Loughborough University is £15,790 plus enhancement

Third round of recruitment for 2015/16 is now closed.

Recruitment for academic year 2016/17 to the London-Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand will reopen  in late  November 2015.

Please read our how and when to apply section before completing an initial application.

Please note: There may be additional recruitment rounds if studentships are not filled. Recruitment is handled separately by UCL and Loughborough. We do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only.

"Being a part of the LoLo Centre has been a brilliant opportunity to meet like-minded people from a wide range of backgrounds, it's been very exciting to see this problem from so many different points of view which has given me an appreciation of the breadth of the issue and the number of different aspects that must be addressed in order to tackle it effectively. This multidisciplinary approach in particular is something that I don't think I would have gained in a traditional engineering department and will hopefully give depth and scope to my PhD."Richard Jack, LoLo PhD student, Loughborough

"The MRes in Energy Demand Studies at UCL synthesises current energy demand issues and provides an opportunity to explore the issues from a multi-disciplinary angle and at different scales. It is a privilege to have been taught by the very best in the field and this combined with the nature of the taught element in small groups, supported with regular seminars and tutorials, allowed me to engage at an advanced intellectual level. As a student we also have access to staff's expertise and opportunities to draw on the UCL Energy Institute's research projects and data, supporting our own research interests and pursuits. The programme in particular provides a strong basis to become an independent researcher in the field." Sofie Pelsmakers, LoLo PhD student, UCL Energy Institute