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Energy and Resources, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
The Energy and Resources Group admits highly qualified applicants into the Ph.D. program, designed to support and empower doctoral students to pursue rigorous, interdisciplinary, original research in the fields of energy, resources, and the environment.
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  • ERG doctoral students work­ across dis­ci­plines and depart­ments to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tive knowl­edge for the planet and its peo­ple. As one of the first interdisciplinary programs in the field, ERG faculty and students have established an impressive track record of undertaking engaged, cutting-edge research and turning these ideas into effective actions from local to global levels.
  • The first two years of the Ph.D. involve coursework, taught jointly with the Master’s Degree students, and a Final Project in the second year. Please see the Master’s Degree Curriculum for further details. Doctoral students will receive a Master of Science or Master of Arts Degree in Energy and Resources upon completion of the first two years’ requirements.
  • In some cases, ERG may waive some course or project requirements for Ph.D. students who already hold a Master’s Degree and who can demonstrate a highly interdisciplinary academic background.
  • After completion of the first two years’ requirements, Ph.D. students will prepare for their Qualifying Examination and commence their Dissertation research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Energy DeCal
  • Energy and Soci­ety
  • Ecol­ogy and Soci­ety
  • Quan­ti­ta­tive Aspects of Global Envi­ron­men­tal Prob­lems
  • Water and Devel­op­ment
  • Cli­mate Change Eco­nom­ics
  • Eco­log­i­cal Eco­nom­ics in His­tor­i­cal Con­text
  • Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Analy­sis in Energy and Resources
  • Elec­tric Power Sys­tems

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Application Materials

  • Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement.
  • The Statement of Purpose is a forward-looking essay about your goals and how you see ERG’s program fitting in those goals.
  • The Personal History Statement is a retrospective statement.
  • Transcripts should be uploaded to your application as pdf files.
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE Test Score

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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