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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Programme overview 

The Light and Lighting MSc is all about the human experience of the built environment, inside and out, and brings together the technical and creative sides of lighting design.

Since 1987, the course 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 light streets safely and efficiently.

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.

Who should apply?

Our students come from across the academic and professional 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.

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Key information 


The programme can be studied full-time over one year or two-to-five years flexibly.

Entry requirements 

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


Tuition fee information can be found in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Scholarships and funding
  • The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers makes an award for Outstanding Achievement on the programme.
  • There is also funding available to lighting students from bodies such as the International Association of Lighting Designers, Education Trust and the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund.
  • Successful applicants can also apply for an IEDE Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.



The Light and Lighting MSc has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) as meeting the further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. CIBSE have registered the degree with the Engineering Council.


The course is recognised to meet the requirement of the NCQLP Internship LC Program.

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Industry links

The course benefits from presentations and input from design practitioners, manufacturers and researchers within the lighting industry to provide added depth. The course content is also reviewed for relevance by senior practitioners in the lighting industry.

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The Light and Lighting MSc is a member of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE)

The Light and Lighting MSc is also an official partner of the Professional Lighting Design Convention.
Find out about the 2019 Convention and how to register here.

Teaching and Learning


All students are required to complete the core modules and a 15,000-word dissertation, plus the optional module or another approved module. 


Core modules

•    Lighting Fundamentals
•    Lighting Applied Calculations
•    Lighting Research
•    Advanced Lighting Design
•    Lighting Practice

Optional module

•    Lighting Practice


Programme Leader

Dr Jemima Unwin – Lecturer in Light and Lighting
View Jemima's profile
Email: jemima.unwin@ucl.ac.uk

Other teaching staff

Dr Kevin Mansfield
Senior Lecturer in Lighting
View Kevin's profile
Email: kevin.mansfield@ucl.ac.uk

Peter Raynham 
Professor of the Lit Environment
View Peter's profile
Email: p.raynham@ucl.ac.uk

Cosmin Ticleanu
Teaching Fellow in Engineering and Architectural Design
View Cosmin's profile
Email: c.ticleanu@ucl.ac.uk

Tad Trylski
Visting Lecturer
Email: t.trylski@ucl.ac.uk

Careers and employability

The majority of past students have 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.

Why choose the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering?

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, providing regular inspiration for live projects.
  • A full calendar of events and talks.
  • A learning environment within The Bartlett, Europe’s leading faculty of the built environment (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

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