UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering



Teaching is primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout terms 1 and 2, with full time students taking 4 core modules in term 1, and 2 core modules in term 2.

Full time students need to select two optional modules in Term 2 making sure they aren’t taught at the same time. The table below gives an overview of the course structure.

For current term dates, check correct year is displayed.

We have been seeing increasing demand for highly numerate EDE graduates, so we would like all students to be competent at Excel on day 1. A good guide is for you to have completed Part 1 of the book "Data Analysis With Microsoft Excel", by Berk and Carey. 

Please note that the course structure is subject to change each year. The schedule below applies to the current academic year only.

September - December term 2017

Teaching day


Tuesday (10:00-13:00)

Built Environment: The Energy Context

Tuesday (14:00-17:00)

Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment

Wednesday (10:00-13:00)

Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings

Wednesday (14:00-17:00)

Methods of Environmental Analysis

Week 4 Only (IES Computing Week) 

Building Simulation Software Learning Week 

January - March term 2018

Teaching dayModule
Tuesday (10:00-13:00)
Building Solar Design
 Wednesday (14:00-17:00)Efficient Building Services Systems

Optional modules are subject to availability.Optional modules (January-March term 2018) 

Teaching dayModule
Tuesday (14:00-17:00)Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
Tuesday (14:00-17:00)Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling in the Built Environment
Wednesday (10:00-13:00)Energy Systems Modelling
Wednesday (10:00-13:00)Advanced Building Simulation
Wednesday (10:00-13:00)

Industrial Symbiosis

Wednesday (10:00-13:00) Building Acoustics 
Thursday (09:00-12:00)Smart Energy Systems
Thursday (10:00-13:00)Post Occupancy Evaluation
Thursday (10:00-13:00)Low Energy Housing Retrofit
Thursday (14:00-17:00)Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings
Thursday (14:00-17:00)Multi Objective Design Optimisation

April - September term 2018

Teaching dayModule 


Titles of past EDE MSc dissertations can be found here.

Other events

A residential visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Wales takes place each year in October/November.

Site visits and building visits are arranged throughout the year, recent visits have included The Crystal Building, a straw bale cafe, and BEDZed.


First-year part-time students take core modules Built Environment: The Energy Context; Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment and Building Solar Design on Tuesdays, while second-year part-time students take core modules Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings; Efficient Building Services Systems and Methods of Environmental Analysis on Wednesdays. In term 2 students choose 2 optional modules. For course content see Content tab. Optional modules are subject to availability.