Minimum 2:1 in a technical or appropriate social science discipline, depending on the project proposed.
Months of entry
For more than thirty years The Open University has been active in considering the relationship between energy and sustainability. We have research interests in electricity technology and policy, including the growth of renewables. We have much interest in energy recovery from end-of-life materials. We are also active in seeking to understand the behaviours of energy users and the linkage of those behaviours to the built environment and design. Our research involves laboratory-based investigation, desk-based assessments and qualitative research engaging with human subjects.
- Dr Carl Boardman, Department of Engineering and Innovation
- Dr Sally Caird, Department of Engineering and Innovation
- Dr Satheesh Krishnamurthy, Department of Engineering and Innovation
- Professor William Nuttall, Department of Energy and Innovation
One proposed experimental project seeks to assess the potential for useful energy conversion from anaerobic digestion of end-of-use plastics and other synthetic materials. One desk-based project seeks to explore the relationship between city design and low-energy futures. The OU has a rapidly growing programme of research into hydrogen science, technology and policy. Hydrogen has the potential to be a major low-carbon energy carrier in the future. There may be opportunities for PhD projects in these areas.
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Professor William J. Nuttall
- +44 (0)1908 655113