Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,460 (FT)
- £21,320 (FT)
The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Bachelor's standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level.
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 UCL Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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Students develop an understanding of the advantages of a wide range of topics associated with the design of the lit environment. This includes lamp and luminaire technologies, the impact of light on architectural form and the human reaction to light. The programme aims to provide a holistic approach to light and lighting so that graduates have both the vision to design beautiful lit environments and the skills necessary to ensure that they are successfully engineered.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a light and lighting dissertation (90 credits).
- Lighting Fundamentals
- Lighting Applied Calculations
- Lighting Research
- Advanced Lighting Design
- Lighting Practice or another appropriate module from any UCL Bartlett MSc programme
All MSc students submit a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic associated with light and lighting in the built environment.
Teaching and Learning
The programme has formal elements of lectures and tutorials that are complemented with project work and site visits to study lighting. There are also other visits to laboratories and other facilities associated with the subject. Assessment is through coursework (essays and design projects), written examination and a 15,000-word dissertation.
The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers make an award for Outstanding Achievement on the programme.
There is also funding available to lighting students from such bodies as the International Association of Lighting Designers Education Trust and the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- UK/EU fees plus £10,000 stipend (2 years)
- UK, EU students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
The majority of graduates have either continued to work, or have gained employment in the lighting profession either in the lighting manufacturing industry or in lighting design. A number of students have used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Lighting Designer, Paul Nulty Lighting Design
- Lighting Designer, Arup Lighting Hong Kong
- Lighting Designer, Lighting Design International
- Architect / Lighting Designer, Demicoli Associates
A number of students have gone on to win international awards in the field of lighting, including the Light Play prize at the Total Lighting Show (2000), the RHS Silver Gilt Medal (2004), and Lighting Designer of the Year (2006). Several Light and Lighting graduates have received the Society of Light and Lighting Young Lighters of the Year award. Graduates have also delivered conference presentations at PLDC Madrid (2011) and Copenhagen (2013).
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary 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.
This MSc has at its disposal the Lighting Simulator, an advanced sunlight and daylight modelling facility employing both computer simulation and a sophisticated variable luminance artificial sky.
Many of our graduates have been successful in gaining awards and prizes from around the world including Lighting Designer of the Year and the Society of Light and Lighting's Young Lighters of the Year award.
Student / staff ratios › 25 staff including 10 postdocs › 100 taught students › 45 research students
Application and next steps
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?
The programme attracts participants with backgrounds in architecture, interior design, industrial design, various engineering disciplines, science, arts and theatre subjects. Students have come from many countries around the world, but predominantly from the UK. Many students have studied part-time while employed in some element of the lighting profession and industries.
- 29 July 2016
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Light and Lighting at graduate level
- why you want to study Light and Lighting 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