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Why study at ERC?

The ERC is South Africa’s foremost energy research institution working at the intersection of energy and the environment. We are a multi-disciplinary centre that draws from skills sets as diverse as engineering, economics, history, statistics, political studies, and physics. We have a range of research areas and interests, within four overarching focus areas: energy and climate change, energy poverty and development, energy efficiency and energy systems analysis and planning.

Given the importance of the energy sector to South African society and the economy, and given the knowledge gaps in the sector, there is likely to be an energy research angle to match your interests and skills – whatever your disciplinary background.

If you would like to apply...

Please read carefully through the programme outline, degree streams and courses offered, "how to apply and important dates" pages.

The  process to follow is to apply online at the University of Cape Town's Central Admissions System, as you would for any application to UCT. Once you have done so, please forward your application and accompanying documentation (including a motivation and brief research proposal) to  

Please read the UCT, EBE and ERC postgrad pages carefully before contacting the ERC. We receive a very high volume of requests for information, most of which is available online. We cannot respond to all queries: emails requesting information found on this site will be ignored.

The Postgraduate Office at UCT is a very useful resource for postgrad applicants and students, with information on Faculties, funding, application processes and the like: