Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies PhD
About the course
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
The Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies theme is well established and has major research projects at its heart focusing on sustainable energy use in food chains and energy and built environment.Other research strengths of the theme include renewable energy technologies, particularly solar-thermal and PV technologies, advanced heat and mass transfer, environmental control of buildings heat recovery and heat to power generation.Our researchers make contributions in a number of fundamental and applied areas including:
- Optimal ways for reducing energy use in food chains
- Heating, cooling and refrigeration
- Microclimate and environmental design
- Single and two-phase heat transfer and thermal systems
Members of the Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technology theme served on the Government’s Steering Committee for the development of decarbonisation roadmaps for the food sector to 2050. This work has progressed to the second stage and involves the development of decarbonisation action plans in consultation with key stakeholders.
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Entry Criteria 2018/19
The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
Supervisors with insight
Our supervisors create knowledge and advance understanding, and equip research students with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society. Browse all potential supervisor profiles further here: Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies theme members profiles
Funding from the Research Councils UK to establish the National Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) has led to the development of its physical infrastructure on the Brunel campus. Costing more than £3 million to build, the Centre supports experimental and computational work. Facilities include three large environmental chambers that enable refrigeration and other equipment to be independently tested for performance evaluation and certification under controlled environmental conditions, such as air temperature, relative humidity and velocity.
With funding directly from industry, the EPSRC and Innovate UK researchers in the Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies theme have developed and tested improved CO2 heat exchanger designs that offer energy savings of up to 10% compared with conventional designs. They have also developed software tools for the optimal design and specification of CO2 heat exchangers for a major manufacturer in the UK, which now supplies the technology to prominent retail food chains in the UK and European markets. Building on this success, we have established – with the support of additional funding – research facilities that enable the investigation of the performance of different working fluids including CO2, and components in Organic Rankine Cycle systems.
Facts and Figures
Excellent research support and training
Extensive training and support is offered to all research students by the Graduate School, with regular Masterclasses and individual advice on academic issues as part of the Researcher Development Programme. Read more about the available Research Support and Training.
Brunel's library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 e-books, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject Information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs.
- state-of-the-art research information management tools including a research publication and grant database
- one of the largest UK’s full text repository
- an integrated data management system
- analytical tools such as Altmertic and InCites
- Open Access centrally managed fund
Fees for 2018/19 entry
Full time: £4,260 / Part time: £2,130
Full time: £18,000 Part time: £9,000
Full time: £4,195 Part time: £2,097
Full time: £17,500 Part time: £8,750
We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.
Additional course related costs
Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.