PhD Sustainable Energy Technology


Program Description

Subject areas covered include:

  • combined heat power systems
  • cooling technologies
  • heat power cycles
  • energy storage
  • eco-cities/smart cities
  • sustainable building materials
  • vehicles, transport, and pollution control
  • photovoltaic thermal systems; solar energy systems (e.g. solar powered cooling); wind energy
  • solar water desalination systems
  • sustainable waste management and disposal
  • clean fossil fuel and carbon capture technologies

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element).

It is usually completed over a period of around three years.


You will have access to computing facilities, complete with the software you will need, building technology laboratories and technical workshop, digital fabrication suite and model making workshop will provide you with additional tools for investigative analysis.

The Marmont Centre for Renewable Energy contains research laboratories that are equipped with a variety of technologies including photovoltaic panels, solar collectors, light pipes, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps. The Sustainable Research Building (SRB) is designed to serve as an exemplary building, demonstrating state-of-the-art techniques for environmentally responsible, sustainable construction.

The building provides laboratory, office and seminar accommodation and the spaces have been configured to support a number of different heating, cooling and ventilation strategies. Integrated technologies include photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal collectors, wind turbines, combined heat and power systems, light pipes, self-cleaning windows and rainwater collection systems.

The Creative Energy Homes Project is a showcase of innovative, state-of-the-art energy efficient homes of the future. Six homes constructed on the University Park Campus will be designed to various degrees of innovation and flexibility to allow the testing of different aspects of modern methods of construction. The project aims to stimulate sustainable design ideas and promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing that is innovative in their design.

Several international companies including EOn, BASF, and Tarmac have provided funding for the project. The Environmental Education Centre (EEC) - design studio - is a complex of three single-storey wings and a two-storey block with a courtyard in the center. The design of the EEC addresses practical issues including sustainability, low maintenance, and low energy. The roof is integrated with 18 kWp PV.

The faculty’s workshop facilities include a model-making facility and a digital fabrication suite with the 3D router, 3D printer and laser cutter.

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors.

We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to a research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available. All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance.

The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognized our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training. The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1 (or international equivalent) and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)
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