Applicants for the MSc who meet the academic requirements for admission will also be ranked on other criteria including the submission of an essay. Every intake the essay topic will vary. For the February 2012 intake, the essay requires students to critically analyse the statement: “The concept of ‘peak oil’ has been devised to reflect scarcity associated with oil supplies. But surely the price of oil would be a more efficient indication of its scarcity. Discuss.” This essay should be no more than 500 words (including footnotes, but excluding references) and will be checked for plagiarism using Turnitin® Applicants who are shortlisted for the BHP Billiton Scholarships on the basis of their academic qualifications will be ranked according to the quality and originality of their essay. Applicants for PhD who meet the academic criteria for admission will also be ranked according to the proposed research project and the relevance to the School and International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) research interests. In all cases an interview with the shortlisted candidate(s) will take place.
These scholarships are intended to support students pursuing postgraduate studies in energy and resources at either the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia, or the UCL International Energy Policy Institute. Currently funding for these scholarships will be available for four years commencing with the 2012 academic year.