Industrialised economies face three major energy challenges: climate change, energy affordability and security of supply. Over 40% of the UK’s energy demand, and carbon emissions, is associated with buildings, yet there is much we can do to improve our built stock and how we interact with it.
Energy demand and buildings is a complex socio-technical problem and must be understood better if we are deliver UK targets. However, the sector faces a skills shortage: we need more highly qualified graduates to work in government, industry, NGOs and academia.
The London – Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand (LoLo CDT) is the premier centre for energy demand research in the built environment in the UK, bringing together two leading energy research universities, UCL and Loughborough University. LoLo is funded to train a large student cohort to address our skills shortage. Our graduates are expected to take senior roles throughout the economy.
We provide world-class PhD training, including opportunities to work with leading researchers, placements with industry and a comprehensive skills and development programme. Applicants are welcomed with good degrees from diverse backgrounds, reflecting our multidisciplinary research; previous experience of energy and buildings is not required.
As a LoLo student you will join active research groups, supporting a wide range of projects, in a unique student-focused environment with ample opportunities to engage with leading researchers, industry and policy makers.
Our four-year funded PhD programme combines a one year Master of Research (MRes) and a three year doctorate (PhD). This structure builds a firm foundation of skills, knowledge and research experience, steadily progressing into world-leading research.
The MRes covers thermodynamics, energy systems in the built environment, energy modelling and analysis, social sciences, policy, and energy economics. PhDs will be individually tailored and matched to our core strengths. As part of your studies, 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, multi-faceted problems.
You will undertake your Master’s degree and PhD at either UCL or Loughborough. Teaching is delivered by the home institution with shared teaching, workshops, visits and other activities.
Applications are invited from UK graduates with a good first degree (1st or 2:1) in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, geographical sciences, social sciences, psychology, architecture or other building-related disciplines.
Eligible EU and overseas students with these or equivalent qualifications may also apply. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or extensive relevant industry experience who can show evidence of a scientific and engineering research capability may also apply. Please visit the website for funding eligibility requirements.
We are offering up to 15 fully funded studentships for entry into the 2017/18 academic year. You will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend for UCL will be approx. £18,200 & for Loughborough University £16,400. We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your pre-application form.
The second round of applications for 2017/18 has now closed. There will be a third round of recruitment in June, if you wish to be notified about future recruitment – please complete the prospective student contact form on our website.
Please note: Recruitment is handled separately by UCL and Loughborough. We do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only.
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