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Email: bartlett.pgclerk@ucl.ac.uk

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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£19,000 (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering MSc

This MSc aims to improve the energy, health and environmental performance of new and existing buildings. It provides a sound training in environmental design fundamentals, focussing on critical issues of CO2 emissions and pollution from the fossil fuel consumed by buildings, and the impact on occupant health and the environment.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme aims to develop student's knowledge and expertise in problem solving in the area of the built environment, and provide a framework for developing innovative thinking in the design and operation of buildings, placing associated environmental issues in a global, national and personal context.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

Located in London, it is at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and has all the resources of a world city to hand.

The architecture coming out of the UCL Bartlett is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity. The school is internationally known as a centre for innovative design.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible 3-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a built environment report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • The Built Environment: The Energy Context
  • Health and Comfort in Buildings
  • Building Solar Design
  • Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
  • Efficient Building Service Systems
  • Efficient Building Services Systems
  • Methods of Environmental Analysis

Options

  • The Control of Noise
  • Advanced Building Simulation
  • The Lit Environment
  • Energy Systems Modelling
  • Environmental Masterplanning
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Low Energy Housing Retrofit
  • Social Dimensions of Sustainability

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive seminars, individual and group tutorials, site visits and a residential field trip. Assessment is through unseen examination, coursework, and the built environment report. Joint coursework, including two major low-energy architectural design projects, is carried out by students in multidisciplinary teams.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard combined with a years relevant experience in the built environment field.

For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for modular/flexible programmes is 6 September 2013. If you require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, then you are not eligible to apply or be made a offer of a place on a programme as a part-time (modular flexible) student. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc is particularly suitable for early or mid-career building industry professionals who wish to expand their interest in the environmental, energy and health issues associated with buildings, and for recent graduates with building industry or environment-related degrees who wish to gain further training before entering their chosen professions.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study the Built Environment at graduate level
  • why you want to study the Built Environment at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Most students who complete the programme move into, or continue in, a building-related profession, such as architecture, low-energy design consultancy, or building services engineering. As the awareness of global environmental issues increases, the demand for people with expertise in the health and energy performance of buildings is expanding rapidly. A number of students have used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

First destinations of recent graduates include: Arup, WSP, Atkns, Buro Happold, PassivSystems, EnergyExcel, Local authorities, Foster and Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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