UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Environmental Design and Engineering MSc

Meeting the urgent need for more sustainable, efficient and healthier buildings, by developing experts to apply rigorous thinking and an innovative approach to environmental design and engineering.

Programme highlights

  • Acquire the cutting-edge knowledge and expertise to meet existing and emerging challenges in the built environment
  • Develop innovative thinking in regard to the design and operation of buildings, contextualised within a rigorous framework that places environmental issues in a national, global and personal context 
  • Benefit from a programme of lectures, course work and design projects aimed at fostering independent thought and innovation by encouraging problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Study in a multicultural, multidisciplinary environment, in a student cohort drawn from more than 20 countries
  • Benefit from joining the successful global alumni of UCL EDE, which for more than 40 years has enriched the building design and construction industry by providing it with a steady supply of ambitious, innovative and forward-thinking graduates and offers opportunities from access to buildings for dissertations to potential internships and jobs
  • Boost your career prospects, and gain job satisfaction in a profession dedicated to changing the world for the better
  • Drive the change within building design and construction by becoming an independent thinker and leader in your field.

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Programme overview

Established 40 years ago, the EDE MSc has never been more important than it is today. Its world-leading programme is helping tackle increasingly critical issues regarding the built environment by advancing knowledge and expertise in the design of more energy efficient, sustainable and healthier buildings.

The MSc programme explores established, leading edge and emerging themes in built environment study, covered key areas including passive design, efficient building services systems design, advanced building simulation techniques and occupant health and comfort. 

The MSc develops students' knowledge and expertise in problem solving and critical thinking in the area of the built environment, and reflects the joined-up, interdisciplinary ways of working increasingly demanded by industry. It provides a rigorous framework for the development of innovative thinking in the design and operation of buildings, placing associated environmental issues in a human, national and global context. 

The programme’s unrivalled access to scientific and professional knowledge and experience provides students with the opportunity to be taught by global experts in their field, and be involved in groundbreaking research. 

Graduates from the EDE MSc will join its global alumni ¬– a long list of high-achieving professionals whose skills are in demand from the biggest names in design and construction, from Foster & Partners to Arup, Willmott Dickson to BRE.

Who should apply?

The EDE MSc is particularly suitable for recent graduates in subjects such as architecture, engineering and physics looking to enhance their careers in – or change track in the direction of – environmental design and engineering.  

Key information

Start date

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

Duration and Qualifications

  • The Master’s degree programme (180 credits) can be studied full-time for one year, part-time for two years or on a modular/flexible basis from 2 to 5 years. Find out more about the course structure.
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip, 120 credits) and Certificate (PG Cert, 60 credits) routes are also available, as full time or modular/flexible. The PG Dip option (9 months, if full time) comprises 8 modules. The PG Cert (4-7 months, if full time) comprises 4 modules.

Fees and funding

Teaching and learning

Course structure

The academics and researchers teaching on the EDE MSc are involved in groundbreaking research, both theoretical and applied (the latter often undertaken in conjunction with industry leaders, charity organisations and government). The globally focused research, and the knowledge arising from it, is embedded within the course content, giving students on the EDE MSc exposure to the highest level of research as it’s happening.

EDE MSc is in the fortunate position of being able to draw on the expertise and input of alumni in senior positions at leading companies and consultancies, which helps us to refine elements of the programme each year to meet changing student needs and industry priorities, and may allow access to groundbreaking buildings to inform student dissertation work.

Compolsory modules

Compulsory modules to provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding: 

  • The Built Environment: The Energy Context
  • Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in Buildings
  • Building Solar Design
  • Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
  • Efficient Building Service Systems 
  • Methods of Environmental Analysis.

Optional modules

Optional modules on specialist topics such as:

  • Advanced Building Simulation
  • Low Energy Housing Retrofit
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation of Buildings
  • Multi-objective Design Optimisation
  • Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling
  • Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
  • Building Acoustics
  • Light, Lighting and Vision in Buildings
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Smart Energy Systems Implementation
  • Energy Systems Modelling.


Previous students and titles of their dissertations can be found on our previous dissertations page. This gives a good idea of the range of expertise found within the course staff team. 

Teaching staff

Key staff

Dr Sung-Min Hong (Programme Leader)
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Dr Hector Altamirano Medina
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Dr Esfandiar Burman
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Dr Ben Croxford 
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Dr Foroutan Parand
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Dr Marcella Ucci 
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Dr Nici Zimmermann
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Additional teaching staff

Dr Mark Barrett 
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Dr Rokia Raslan 
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Dr Carrie Behar

Dr Teresa Domenech 
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Fred Labbe

Dr Catalina Spataru 
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Dr Phil Symonds
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Dr Stephen Cannon-Brookes
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David Trew

Other Bartlett staff, including doctoral students, are also called on to supervise dissertations.

The course has links with the UCL Energy Institute, and many recent graduates are current Engineering Doctorate students.

External staff

Situated at UCL in London, the EDE MSc programme is also able to draw on a wide range of external lecturers working in industry, some of whom are graduates of the course. In a typical year, students may receive lectures given by experts from a range of backgrounds.


This course has been accredited as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by the following institutions:

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Energy Institute.

It was awarded the Happold Brilliant award by CIBSE for the best accredited course, October 2010.

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Careers and employability

As interest in, awareness of and concern about global environmental issues increases, the demand for people with expertise in the health and energy performance of buildings is rising exponentially. 

Most students who complete the MSc programme move into, or continue in, a building-related profession such as architecture, low-energy design consultancy, or building services engineering. Others use the MSc as a foundation for MPhil or PhD research.

Top graduates from the course are generally offered positions before the course is completed, and the majority of graduates have been employed within a few months of graduating.

In recent years graduates have joined architects, engineering firms and environmental consultancies, including:

Graduates may choose to continue their education with UCL, undertaking PhD or EngD programmes such as those offered by the Centre in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation (VEIV); the Centre in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR); and the UCL Energy Institute.

Affiliated Centres and Institutes

Our staff are very closely linked to several other groups both within The Bartlett and across UCL, in particular:

Why choose the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering?

  • Links to leading local and international architectural and engineering groups
  • The powerful cross-disciplinary context of The Bartlett, one of the world’s leading faculties of the built environment, and UCL, one of the world’s top universities
  • An unrivalled and heavily invested alumni network
  • Access to unrivalled scientific and professional knowledge and experience
  • A location in the heart of London: one of the world’s leading centres of environmental design and engineering development
  • The recipient of three successive EPSRC Platform Grants.

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Further information

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