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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 3-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,125 (FT)
Overseas:
£20,140 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 June 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional module (30 credits) and a built environment dissertation (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
  • 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
  • Low Carbon, Energy Supply Systrems
  • Smart Energy Systems Implementation
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation of Buildings
  • Multi-objective Design Optimisation

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering MSc

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Sustainability Consultant, Neapoli (Seoul, Korea) (2013)
  • Environmental Consultant, XCO2, London (2012)
  • Environmental Consulting Engineer, Max Fordham, London (2012)

Employability

This programme is very "close to market" with many students finding jobs even before their studies have finished. The skills students gain are those that employers need. For example, we teach several tools used by commercial companies including the thermal analysis software, TAS from EDSL, and SAP. Students can walk straight into jobs where TAS is used and be useful immediately. Students sometimes take placement positions while working on their dissertations; in recent years this has included overseas options, for example, with Neapoli in Malaysia. Graduates often contact us through our strong alumni network to recruit for new positions. Listening to their feedback ensures we keep the programme relevant to industry needs.

Why 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. It offers unrivalled networking opportunties, with alumni in the majority of the major firms in London, who often give lectures to students and appear at networking events.

The multi-disciplinary faculty contains the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, which has been ranked first for Architecture in the UK for many years, and is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity. The school is internationally known as a centre for innovative design.

Student / staff ratios › 0 staff › taught students › research students

Department: Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL has given me the freedom and space to think through difficult problems that I thought were important and yet under-studied internationally, with the potential to contribute to both the industry and policymaker led solutions to those problems."

Dr Tristan Smith

Subject: I supervise a number of students on the UCL Energy Institute MPhil/PhD, I am a module leader on the Energy Demand Studies MRes, I lecture on the Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering MSc, and I have taught and currently supervise dissertations on the Naval Architecture MSc and Marine Engineering MSc.

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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