UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Frequently asked questions

Answers to some of the most common questions relating to the Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering MSc.

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UCL IEDE has an outstanding project portfolio. How much practical experience will this programme offer in terms of research projects with or for organisations or interactions with such organisations?

The programme will be research-based and incorporate UCL IEDE’s research wherever possible. All course lecturers are very active and experienced researchers working on topics of relevance to this programme. To complement the research perspective with the industry view we have lined up a range of guest speakers from industry, policy and academia.

What do you expect the possible career paths to be and is there any assistance offered to the alumni?

We will set up an alumni network for all graduates, which will not help the first cohort but should provide longer-term opportunities. This will be shaped by the model of the existing EDE programme which has a long history and concomitantly a large alumni network. In addition, the UCL careers office provides career support to all graduates. Also check out the UCL IEDE Linkedin page.

What are the academic requirements for this programme?

This programme is targeted at students of an engineering (e.g. civil, mechanical, building services engineering) or science (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science) background that aim to drive engineering innovation in the built environment domain, or wish to further pursue a research career in the field. 

The programme will also be relevant for early- and mid-career professionals who want to expand their technical skills and knowledge, and keep abreast of the latest developments in their field. A flexible mode of study, as well as PG Cert or PG Dip routes, provide flexibility in the adaptation of the program to an individual’s needs and aspirations and allows professionals to continue with their career while studying.

Entry requirements

UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate Engineering or Science subject (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science) awarded with First or Upper Second-class Honours (2:1), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 

For applicants without a first degree, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details can be obtained by contacting the Bartlett’s Graduate Faculty Office.

How do I apply and how much will I have to pay?

For details on how to apply and fees, please see the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Do I need to provide the results from an English test when I apply?

Your English language proficiency test results should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. For more information, please see English Language Requirements. Please note the Bartlett requires a 'Standard' level of English. 

When can I apply?

Applications for each academic year open in mid-autumn (around October) and close in summer. Please see the UCL Graduate Prospectus for more information.

How long does it take to complete the MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert in Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering, and can I study part-time?

The MSc takes one year if taken full-time and from two to five years if taken on a flexible basis. Please see the main programme page for the various modes of study and information on how long it takes to complete.

What is modular/flexible study?

If you choose to complete the Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering MSc on a flexible basis, you may be able to select which taught modules to complete from those running each term, pending agreement from the Programme Leader. However, we would recommend modules are taken in a specific structure.

Each taught module runs once a week for 10 weeks during Term 1 or Term 2. Some additional tutorials supplement lectures.

Once you have completed all your taught modules you can take the Dissertation.

Due to UK Study Visa restrictions, modular/flexible Study is only available to UK/EU students or international students who do not require a Tier 4 visa.

Flexible fees are pro-rata to the full-time Master's fee.

What is the difference between modular/flexible and part-time study?

Two distinct options modular/flexible and part-time study might seem redundant.

Most students wishing to study on a part-time/flexible basis should choose the ‘flexible’ attendance option.

The ‘part-time’ option is only available to those applying for a government loan.

Who do I contact about my application?

For formal applications to UCL - receipt of every application is confirmed via email. If you have waited longer than 5 weeks for your acknowledgement, please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742 or +44 (0)20 7679 7381.

For any other queries please contact bseer-studentqueries@ucl.ac.uk