ERBE CDT has finished recruiting for our final cohort. If you are interested in becoming an industrial partner, please see our Partner With Us page.

The programme of study

Students undertake a four-year (FT) PhD at either Loughborough, UCL or MaREI in one of three themes:

  1. Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings and the whole supply system, through new generation and storage technology.
  2. Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment through design, construction methods, technological innovation, monitoring and regulation.
  3. Comfort, health and well-being: buildings and energy systems that create productive work environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.

Funded students will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK fees for four years (conditions apply). Part-time study is also possible.

Please note: We do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only.

How and when to apply

Applying to UCL:
Recruitment at UCL is now CLOSED.

For all UCL enquiries email

Applying to Loughborough:
Recruitment at Loughborough University is now CLOSED.

Informal enquiries to Civ.Eng.Pgr@erbecdt-admin

Applying to MaREI:
Recruitment at MaREI now CLOSED.

For any informal enquiries, please email: 

You can also follow our Twitter account for general recruitment updates and ERBE news – @ERBECDT