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Engineering Energy and Environment, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Cardiff, United Kingdom
Energy and Environment is a research theme within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Engineering research programmes (MPhil, PhD).
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  • One of the School’s three research themes is that of Energy and Environment, which aims to advance energy technology and play a key role in addressing the increasing demand for sustainable and low carbon technologies while reducing environmental impact and ensuring a sustainable environment.
  • It is clear that the transformation and use of energy will become increasingly constrained by the need to reduce CO2 emissions. The Committee on Climate Change now advocates an 80% reduction by 2050 and effective de-carbonisation of the power sector by 2030. The UK Government has identified the worldwide market for low carbon goods and services to be US $3 trillion and that there will be thousands of new jobs created in the UK within this sector in the future.
  • Research work carried out under the Energy theme is innovative and pioneering, with a mission to advance energy technology in the global quest for a sustainable energy economy. The aim of the Energy theme is to contribute both to the longer term creation of knowledge, but also to analyse and understand what is necessary to encourage the adoption of existing low carbon technologies that have yet to be deployed widely.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research areas in this theme include:
  • Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Smart Grids
  • Energy Assessment and Modelling
  • Energy Inrastructure
  • Low Carbon Heat and Power Generation
  • Energy, Risk and Environmental Management
  • Alternative Transport Fuels and Technologies
  • Complex Fluid and Thermal Systems
  • Thermoelectrical Materials and Heat Recovery
  • Insulation Sysytems
  • Power Systems Transients
  • Overvoltage Protection and Electrical Compact Earthing Systems
  • Earthing and Probablistic Risk Assessment of Electrical Systems
  • Power Magnetics
  • Numerical and laboratory modelling of hydrodynamic processes in aquatic basins
  • Water quality and contaminant processes in estuarine, coastal and riverine basins
  • Development of hydroinformatics tools for flood forecasting and ‘predict and protect’ strategies for compliance with EU directives
  • High level nuclear waste disposal repositories
  • Thermo/hydro/mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soil
  • Energy losses from buildings to the ground

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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General Requirements

  • Suitable for graduates in engineering and related subject areas such as physics, mathematics, earth sciences and computer science.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Cardiff

  • 628 - 1070 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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