UCL Energy Institute


New Master’s in Smart Energy and the Built Environment for 2021

11 December 2020

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new MSc in Smart Energy and the Built Environment, training students to be at the forefront of the smart energy revolution.

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To tackle the climate crisis we need a new, sustainable, relationship between the ways we produce and consume energy. The application of smart energy in our buildings, towns and cities is central to this transformation with the power to cut carbon emissions, whilst controlling costs and ensuring the resilience and security of supply.

Highly skilled specialists with a deep understanding of the nature of energy demand in the built environment - the largest end-use sector for global energy demand – are required to lead this transformation. Our new interdisciplinary Smart Energy and the Built Environment (SEBE) MSc will provide students with the knowledge, technical and workplace skills to work at the forefront of this energy revolution. 

The cutting-edge SEBE programme will give students an in-depth understanding of the energy system, its smart, flexible operation, and the role of the built environment. Students will learn the interdisciplinary skills needed to design and commission smart energy systems with novel strategies to manage energy demand, including the latest low carbon technologies and integration of generation and storage into the fabric of the built environment. Students will gain interdisciplinary skills in modelling, statistics and data analytics, social sciences, and business to address the real challenges we face in creating a sustainable energy system.

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Professor Neil Strachan, Director of UCL Energy Institute said:

I’m delighted to announce this innovative new programme. Every one of our key stakeholders – from the international energy agency, through the UK government, the energy regulator, innovation and infrastructure public bodies, large and small companies, to civil society organisations – all tell us how the buildings sector is simulataneously the key to a smart decarbonised energy system and the hardest problem to solve. This interdisciplinary MSc will give you the skills and insights to help implement solutions to this critical issue.

Dr Cliff Elwell, Programme Lead for Smart Energy and the Built Environment MSc said:

It is really exciting to be launching this new MSc. The transformation of our energy systems to zero carbon will forge a new relationship between demand and supply, where flexibility in energy demand plays a critical role. SEBE MSc will be at the cutting edge of this new field and will bring together the latest research developments with practical applications. I’m looking forward to welcoming our new students, and the discussions, analysis and interdisciplinary solutions we will explore on smart energy and the built environment.

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