36 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education offers a graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Energy Science and Engineering (ESE). The Energy Science and Engineering program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



This interdisciplinary degree is a collaborative effort supported by selected faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the Tickle College of Engineering, in addition to research staff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Energy Science and Engineering program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

These research and educational leaders are appointed as faculty members of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. Members of the Bredesen Center faculty determine the curriculum and serve as the primary resource for the teaching, research, and mentoring of the students admitted to the program. 

The Bredesen Center Graduate Admissions Committee makes decisions on admissions, transfer, evaluation, and continuation of graduate students in the program.

In order to be admitted to the PhD program in energy science and engineering, student applicants must fulfill the general admission criteria for the Graduate School of the University of Tennessee Knoxville. 

In addition, the student must have a Bachelor of Science degree in either engineering or a scientific field (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computational science, etc.), or the equivalent. Students with other undergraduate degrees may also be admitted on a case-by-case basis by the Bredesen Center Graduate Admissions Committee. Dependent on the student’s background, additional coursework may be required to satisfy co- and prerequisites.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Energy Science and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship, leadership, and management
  • Environmental and climate sciences related to energy
  • Bioenergy and biofuels
  • Cross-cutting energy sciences
  • Distributed energy and grid management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
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