Recruitment is open

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 Loughborough: Recruitment at Loughborough University is open. 

We have up to 10 fully funded studentships available. You are welcome to apply with a research proposal based on a self-generated project idea, or you can write a research proposal based on one of the project ideas below. Submit your application, including an outline research proposal, by Midnight on 8 January 2023 through the application portal here. When prompted, select the programme ‘Energy Resilience and the Built Environment’, then ‘EPSRC CDT Energy Resilience in the Built Environment’ and quote advert reference ERBE23. For help see here.

Informal enquiries to

Applying to UCL:  Recruitment at UCL is now CLOSED and will re-open in December 2022.

Informal enquiries email to

Applying to MaREI: Recruitment is currently closed at MaREI

For any informal enquiries, please email: 


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

Who we are looking for

Applications are invited from graduates with a good first degree (1st or 2:1) in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

Applicants with other relevant qualifications or extensive relevant industry experience who can show evidence of a scientific and engineering research capability may also apply.

Loughborough University and UCL offer funding to UK students. There are limited funded places for EU and overseas students with the same or equivalent qualifications. Self-funded students are welcome to apply.

MaREI offers funding to UK, EU and overseas students.

All students must meet the minimum language requirements of the relevant organisation.