UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings

This exciting new MSc programme will drive innovation for health and wellbeing in the design, assessment, retrofit and operation of residential and non-domestic sustainable buildings.

Recent decades have seen an increasing focus placed on the impact that buildings, and the built environment in general, have on the health and wellbeing of the people who interact with them. 

This programme builds upon the ever-growing world-wide interest in the sustainability agenda in buildings, with a particular focus on health and wellbeing. For buildings, ‘health and wellness’ are the new mantra complementary to ‘green’ (read more on our blog).

The MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings, which will first be taught from September 2017, aims to address these issues by creating a new generation of experts with the skills required to innovatively tackle health and wellbeing issues in buildings.

This course builds on UCL IEDE’s strong links with industry and influential health and wellbeing related research projects, including examining the impact of greenhouse gas reductions on public health, indoor air quality in schools and the health effects of moisture in buildings.

Why choose The Bartlett?

We have:

  • the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms
  • a London location at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms
  • unrivalled networking opportunities, with alumni in most of London’s major firms, who often give lectures and appear at networking events
  • a strong track record in built environment and health research
  • access to leading academic and pedagogical expertise in relevant fields
  • strong relationships with stakeholders from industry, public health and academia.

Who should apply?

The course is targeted at students aiming to work in the built environment and/or public health, including architecture and engineering and professionals already working in these sectors who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge in these key areas.

About the programme

The curriculum is underpinned by multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches, and integrated design principles.

The programme's content is mapped out against relevant industry standards, such as the WELL Building Standard, BREEAM and LEED. It gives students a critical understanding of their key factors addressed so they can more easily become accredited in the future.

The programme starts in September 2017 and can be taken on a full-time (one calendar year) or flexible (two to five years) basis.

Industry views

"We’re looking to the MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings to nurture a new generation of designers, engineers, analysts and clients who can seize the huge opportunity presented by our renewed focus on wellbeing. Clients increasingly want design teams that truly understand how the built environment impacts health, happiness and productivity. It’s an interdisciplinary challenge requiring new skills and collaboration between industry and academia." Edward Garrod,  Principal, UK Head of Sustainability + Integrated Design, Elementa Consulting

Read more about industry leaders have to say about the course.

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