Modernising Energy Cooking Services PhD

Entry requirements
3 years
6 years
Start date
1 October 2019
Application deadline
1 September 2019
Reference number
UK / EU fee
International fee


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Project detail

The Modernising Energy Cooking Services programme aims to break out of the 'business as usual' cycle of developments on cooking by investigating how to rapidly accelerate a transition from biomass to genuinely 'clean' cooking (electric or gas). The burdens of biomass cooking are faced mainly by women and children, including exposure to smoke, time spent collecting wood fuel and time spent tending the fire. The research programme focuses on the need to be a genuine 'service' for poorer households and institutions in low income countries.

As part of the research it is expected that a range of innovative technology-based systems, combining existing technology in new ways and/or developing new components of systems, in order to maximise the potential relevance to markets will be developed and deployed. These will be safe and conform to international standards. Furthermore, it will be necessary to investigate ways to make the modern energy cooking cheaper, more efficient, culturally acceptable, and relevant to consumers in the target countries.

The research programme is led by Loughborough University in collaboration with DFID.


Dr Richard Blanchard

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or physics.

A relevant master's degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: low voltage power, renewable energy, electrical engineering, electrical efficiency, or international development engineering.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum

International fee

Full-time degree per annum

Starting your studies in the 2018/19 academic year?

If your start date is October 2018, January 2019, or April 2019 your tuition fees for this academic year will be at the 2018/19 rates.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

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How to apply

Applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering'. Please quote reference RBUF2019.

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