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University College London

University College London

UCL is a diverse global community of world-class academics, students, industry links, external partners, and alumni. Our powerful collective of individuals and institutions work together to explore new possibilities. UCL has consistently been placed amongst the very best in the world: 

  • 8th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • 2nd in UK for research power (REF 2021)
  • 1st in England to welcome students of any religion or social background.
  • 1st in England to welcome women to university education.
  • 1st in England to teach English, German, Chemistry, Engineering.
  • A brave and progressive approach that has continued to this day.
  • 1st in England to have a fully open access university press.

The Faculty

The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment is one of the oldest but most radical faculties of its kind. It has been ranked #1 in the world in Architecture and the Built Environment, and remains #1 in the UK for the ninth year running, in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023.  

Individually, our schools and sections lead their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. As a whole, they represent a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty, united by the radical spirit of UCL. Our vision is of a world where everything that’s built aims to add to the well-being of people and the environment. With a wealth of resources, partners and history on our doorstep in London, we are able to learn about the built environment in ways that are impossible elsewhere. 

The Bartlett is unrivalled in its breadth and depth of disciplines, programmes and departments. It is made up 12 Schools, Centres and Institutes, providing teaching and research in a wide range of subject areas to over 4,000 students each year from across the world.

Further information about the Bartlett can be found here:

The School

Set within UCL’s Faculty of The Built Environment, The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) is comprised of four world-class Institutes, providing the expert knowledge collaborative research and teaching of UCL Energy InstituteUCL Institute for Environmental Design and EngineeringUCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. The role of the school is to facilitate the Institutes and help them establish themselves and grow, enabling them to focus on and develop their academic direction and strategies. The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources serves two principal functions. It provides a framework for administrative support to the four Institutes, combining expertise in, amongst other things, management and delivery of research proposals, multi-disciplinary projects and teaching programmes. The School also provides a collaborative and flexible environment for the four Institutes to share knowledge and resources. Staff have the opportunity to move between disciplines and engage with the School’s shared problem domains of Energy, Environment, Resources and Heritage.

We generate approximately £24 million annually and employ 230 staff. Our four institutes successfully run degree programmes for around 180 Doctoral students, 420 Masters students and 180 undergraduate students. Our research project portfolio is approximately £63 million.

Our structure allows staff to participate more easily in multidisciplinary research to solve real-world problems, both at The Bartlett and in the wider UCL community.

Energy Institute 

Our aim is to help to build a globally sustainable energy system, by bringing to bear multiple disciplinary perspectives to observe, analyse, model and interpret energy use and energy systems. From data analytics to environmental economics, we equip graduates with the tools needed to succeed in a career in energy industry, academia or policy. Our research combines different approaches to develop tools, models and methods that address global energy challenges. We work in partnership with industry, government and other academic bodies, ensuring that what we do has a real-world impact.

The UCL Energy Institute’s MaaSLab ( sits within a wider transport and energy group encompassing work on aviation and surface transport. Started in 2016, MaaSLab focuses on urban transport and explores new mobility concepts, such as Mobility as a Service, and new technologies such as automated vehicles, and drones. Its expertise lies on transport and behavioural models, survey design and innovative data collection techniques, big data handling and visualization, new mobility service design and business models. 

MaaSLab hosts a number of funded PhD studentships working closely alongside the research grant and enterprise activities. MaaSLab has several research projects on the aforementioned topics, while also working closely with industry and public authorities to make sure that the innovative solutions and methods are utilised in real-life and have an impact on society.