UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc

Join the new generation of experts who can drive innovation for health and wellbeing in the design, assessment, retrofit and operation of sustainable buildings.

This Master's programme builds on 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 the health and wellness and the wellbeing revolution).

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

The MSc 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 and overheating in homes and schools, and the health effects of moisture in buildings.

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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 act as guest speakers 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 programme is targeted at students with a background in disciplines such as: architecture, engineering, interior design, physics and other relevant disciplines including built environment, geography, public health or environmental psychology.

It is also highly suitable for professionals already working in these sectors who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge in these key areas.Students taking this programme may be interested in working in architectural or engineering companies and specialist consultancies dedicated to the design and/or evaluation of sustainable buildings with a strong focus on health, wellbeing and human performance (e.g. productivity).

Additional career paths may be in in-house building design and operational teams and in public sector agencies or government departments. Employment opportunities may also be available in relevant product or service innovation companies. The MSc can provide a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

About the programme

This MSc will aid the development of multi-skilled professionals with a strong emphasis on critical enquiry, communication skills, the ability to span across technical and humanities disciplines, and the ability to work across various sectors concerned with health, wellbeing and sustainability in buildings.

The programme provides opportunities for hands-on experience and understanding of commercially-applicable and research-oriented tools and approaches.

Reasons to choose this programme include:

  1. 'Well' is the new 'Green'
  2. You will be taught by leaders in the field, and have opportunities to network with industry experts
  3. You will be able to make a difference to your own career, as well as to society, via your professional contribution to health, wellbeing and sustainable buildings.

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

The programme can be taken on a full-time (one calendar year) or modular/flexible (two to five years) basis. A Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate routes are also available.

Industry views

"We’re looking to the Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc 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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