UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Light and Lighting MSc

This graduate programme brings together the technical and creative sides of lighting design to enable you to shape sustainable lit environments.


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Since 1987, the L&L MSc has continually produced some of the world’s leading lighting engineers and designers. It has greatly contributed to solving some of society’s most practical problems, from how best to light indoor spaces to how to safely and efficiency light streets.

The programme covers topics ranging from lighting design to the scientific research and engineering behind lighting, providing a uniquely comprehensive package of knowledge and skills to students.

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Why choose The Bartlett?

We have:

  • a London location – the world’s centre for architectural lighting
  • staff who combine teaching with practice, often working on high-profile projects with leading architects
  • close ties with professional bodies and links with practices and manufacturers across the UK who regularly provide inspiration for live projects
  • a full calendar of events and talks
  • a learning environment within The Bartlett, one of the world’s leading faculties of the built environment

Who should apply

Our students come from every point on the spectrum, from physics and electrical engineering to architecture, design and art.

Their interests cover every aspect of the subject: recent dissertations have ranged from Sir John Soane’s mastery of day-lighting to luminous media facades.

About the course

This course is all about the human experience of the built environment, inside and out. Since 1987, we’ve done what no other lighting course has: bring together the technical and creative sides of lighting design.


The majority of past students have either continued to work in, or have gained employment in the lighting profession either in the lighting manufacturing industry or in lighting design.

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's Young Lighters of the Year award - most recently in 2011.

Students have also used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

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