UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Programmes overview

Our programmes explore emerging themes in built environment study and reflect the joined-up, interdisciplinary ways of thinking, communicating and working that are increasingly in demand in industry.

Are you interested in making our buildings, towns and cities better places to live in? Do you want to help make them more sustainable, healthier, more efficient and productive?

Our undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses can take you there. 

The strong research culture at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) means that students are taught by experts in their fields, and not just taught; they’re involved in groundbreaking research as it’s happening.


IEDE is a partner in a UCL collaboration that has been named one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s four Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design; a national network that’s demonstrating and exchanging best practice in teaching and research for a more sustainable built environment. For more information see this page.

And, at the last national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2014, The Bartlett confirmed its elite research position with the highest percentage of 4* (world-leading) projects among architecture and built environment submissions from UK universities.

From 2017 entry, we will be offering a new undergraduate programme. The Masters in Engineering and Architectural Design will be a four-year integrated course and will be run jointly with the Bartlett School of Architecture and the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. 

Our postgraduate programme offers three very distinct degree choices: the MSc Environmental Design and Engineering, the MSc Light and Lighting, and the MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings.


IEDE is part of The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources, along with the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, the UCL Energy Institute and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage.

The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), created in September 2014, is home to the Faculty’s Institutes that specialise in Energy, Environment, Resources and Heritage, and the staff and students that work within and across its Institutes.

The role of the School is to facilitate the Institutes and help them establish themselves and grow, enabling them to focus on and develop their academic direction and strategies. Read more about BSEER.


MEng Engineering and Architectural Design


MSc Environmental Design and Engineering
MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings
MSc Integrated Building Systems Design and Operation
MSc Light and Lighting

MPhil or PhD

MPhil/PhD Built Environment


EngD Engineering Doctorate