The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


MSc Learning Environments

Learn to understand the complex intersections between learning and the physical environments in which it takes place, so as to improve future educational spaces.

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Course highlights

  • Develops an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge of learning environments, bringing together policy, design, estates and pedagogic perspectives and agendas
  • Offers a variety of routes, for adapting to your own personal and career interests and intentions
  • Provides an engaged and collaborative forum for deep engagement with the challenges and opportunities posed by contemporary education world-wide
  • Enables you to deal effectively with complex issues by honing your problem-definition and problem-solving abilities 
  • Offers routes to bolster your research and consultancy expertise in learning environments

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Programme overview

The Learning Environments MSc is an innovative programme that focuses on the creation, renewal and management of sustainable learning environments for positive educational and social outcomes. Educational places from early years, primary and secondary schools, to college, universities, through to learning on the job and lifelong learning, are the focus.

Themes covered include the expanding investment in education worldwide, innovative modes of teaching and learning, the changing impact of digital technologies on learning environments, and the interplay of teachers, pupils/students and physical facilities in improving learning, shaping communities and in advancing the institutional mission.

The programme is based at Here East, an innovative new teaching and research space. Several modules, shared with students specialising in other facilities such as healthcare, enrich the range of learning opportunities. You benefit from The Bartlett faculty’s research in evidence-based design and management of learning facilities, access to expert invited speakers from built environment professions - architecture, planning, interior design, project management, facility and estate management, project and real estate management, and education experts. Your study will also include visits to innovative facilities in London and other locations.


The first four of the core modules listed below will be shared with other Master's students at the Bartlett Real Estate Institute. The remaining four modules in the list have been specifically designed for the Learning Environments programme.

Development and Capital Projects Real Estate Solutions and Systems Modern Economics and Finance for Real Estate.

This MSc is designed to provide a variety of routes. We offer a full-time Learning Environments Masters across one calendar year. Or you can take a flexible/modular pathway, completing the course over two years, or over a longer period of time.

MSc Learning Environments modules are taught in week-long blocks, so can be aligned easily with employment demands.

  • Forms of Value for Real Estate
  • Effective Learning Environments
  • Towards Sustainable Learning Environments
  • Learning Environments in the Digital World
  • Learning Places in the Local Context

Industry links

The MSc Learning Environments already has strong relationships with industry, particularly through current research and consultancy partnerships. This includes professional organisations such as AoC (Association of Colleges), AUDE (Association of Directors of Estates), Universities UK, HEFCE, Higher Education Quality Design Forum (HEDQF), Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) as well as practitioners specialising in the master-planning and design of learning spaces; commercial property advisors, facilities and project managers; senior education policy-makers and managers; and pedagogic experts, academic developers and educational technology specialists. Students will have many opportunities to engage with the industry at a variety of different levels, through guest lectures, building visits, case study analyses and live projects.

Key information


This MSc is designed to provide a variety of routes. We offer a full-time Learning Environments Masters across one calendar year. Or you can take a flexible/modular pathway, completing the course over two years, or over a longer period of time. 

MSc Learning Environments modules are taught in week-long blocks, so can be aligned easily with employment demands.

Entry requirements

Read the full entry requirements for this programme on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Personal Statement

Tell us why you want to study the MSc Learning Environments. Tell us about an experience that has influenced your intellectual and professional development, and how it has made you interested in this subject. What do you consider to be one of your key strengths, relevant to the MSc Learning Environments? How do you hope your studies will help your future individual and career development? If there is a particular area you plan to research for your MSc dissertation please include this in your statement.

Fees and funding


Information about tuition fees for this programme is available on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.


There are a range of loans and other funding opportunities available to help prospective students with their studies. 

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding sectionof the UCL website.

Teaching and learning

The course is based on intensive week-long teaching blocks, centred on problem-based and collaborative learning.  We use a wide and relevant range of learning approaches, from online exercises, debate and quizzes to small group-based problem resolution, scenario-building, simulations and real world investigations. You will also develop your independent study and essay-writing skills, with assessments asking you to communicate critical and creative responses to different audiences (such as report writing, a critical review paper, group and individual presentations). The 10,000 word illustrated dissertation enables research and analysis of a topic of your choice at a deep and substantive level. 

Key Staff

Dr. Jos Boys, Programme Lead

Jos has worked for over 10 years as an independent Learning Spaces consultant and researcher. Her background is in architecture and urban planning and she has written extensively about the complex and often contested inter-relationships between pedagogies, academic development, institutional policy and strategies, facilities planning and learning space design. 


Careers and employability

The Learning Environments MSc is mainly aimed at people experienced in some aspect of education who want to know more about learning estates and design for physical learning environments; and at those from a background in the built environment who are may have worked with aspects of real estate, property design and management, and who want to gain more in depth knowledge of educational environments.

The course will enhance the knowledge and skills needed to shine in this expanding specialised area. Graduates will also have additional possibilities to carry out future research and consultancy in the field, or may want to go on to do a PhD.


UCL’s Alumni Online Community (AOC) allows students from all levels of study to connect with volunteer alumni mentors. There is a dedicated Built Environment Network and international groups from Japan to the USA, so you can build new connections with alumni from over 190 countries worldwide. Whether you are seeking professional advice to perfect your CV or want to explore a particular career path, a global network of experienced UCL alumni is ready to support you.