United Kingdom, London

Energy and Future Cities

when 1 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1995

Depletion of traditional fuel stores has been accompanied by increasing pollution levels. Consequently, motivations to lower carbon-emissions have elevated. To ensure change is achieved on a global scale a multinational agreement was confirmed in 2015 at the Paris climate conference whereby 195 countries agreed a legally binding global climate deal, the first of its kind. Advancements in the field of electrochemical engineering and the infrastructure that will subsequently facilitate such changes are essential in order to reduce dependencies upon traditional carbon-intensive technologies. For instance, battery technology for use in automotive applications will require a robust charging network in order to prevent energy shortages and power blackouts. This course will provide insight into each stage of this process, from the chemistry and manufacture of new materials to the organisation of the grid and the redesigning of our metropolitan infrastructure. These stages will subsequently shape and dictate the future of our cities.

Course leader

Thomas Heenan (expertise in energy), Thomas Budd (expertise in architecture)

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

have knowledge of the basic principles governing electrochemical devices
have awareness of the current and past developments of the energy market
understand the applications of low-carbon technologies in automotive vehicles and buildings
have explored the current and future infrastructure requirements to facilitate decarbonisation
understand the implications these technologies could have on the shaping of our future cities

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1995: The tuition fee for this module is £1995.
GBP 1000: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is £1000 per three-week session.


Students who enroll on both Sessions of the UCL Summer School will benefit from a built-in tuition fee discount of £390.