UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc

Ground-breaking Master’s programme to meet the growing demand for specialists to drive the health and wellbeing agenda in the design, assessment, retrofit and operation of sustainable buildings.

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UCL's Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc is designed to meet the growing demand for specialists to drive the health and wellbeing agenda in the design, assessment, retrofit and operation of sustainable buildings. This Master's equips you with the skills, knowledge and networks needed to advance sustainable innovation for health and wellbeing in the built environment.

Find out more about this degree, what you will learn and how it could benefit your career, along with entry requirements and details on submitting an application on the UCL Graduate Prospectus. 

Find out more on the Graduate Prospectus

Student experiences

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“There are very few educational degrees relating to healthy buildings in Taiwan, and there are very few professionals specialising in health, wellbeing and sustainable buildings. According to the vice president of IWBI ASIA, I am the first in Taiwan to graduate from a research institute specialising in healthy buildings. This makes my resume very competitive.”

Honda Lu, studied Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc in 2020

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"Personally, I feel this course has opened up a lot of horizons for me to understand at length how the field of sustainability brings together research and design.This course has given me a wide range of transferable skills which I didn’t have prior to my MSc.

Gomathi Krishnamoorthy, Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings graduate, 2019, Architect 

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Dissertation research

Watch this presentation to learn about Varsha’s dissertation research on ‘Assessing the effectiveness of passive cooling design strategies to reduce overheating in epilepsy care homes in the UK’, undertaken as a Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc student.

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Student activities 

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Industry links

The Bartlett Faculty, the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, and the Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability MSc are built on enterprise and have strong links to industry and policy through a range of partnerships and projects. 

Industry advisory group

The Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc Advisory Group consists of experts from industry, academia and policy. The group act as a sounding board for the programme to ensure it is academically sound but also relevant to the real world (employers, for example).  Advisory Group members also help with identifying suitable case studies and project ideas for coursework/dissertations, as well as act as guest speakers when possible.

In addition, a selection of Advisory Group members meet the MSc students in dedicated events, through which students will have opportunities to discuss aspects such as ideas for the MSc dissertation, relevant questions to understand different stakeholders’ prospective, and if appropriate showcase coursework for informal feedback and suggestions. 

Advisory board members
  • Alan Fogarty, Cundall     
  • Ann-Marie Aguilar, IWBI               
  • Ashley Bateson, Hoare Lea           
  • Chris Pottage, Currie & Brown   
  • Derek Clements-Croome, University of Reading 
  • Eszter Gulacsy, Mott Macdonald               
  • Ines Idzikowski, Aecom 
  • Jean Hewitt, Buro Happold          
  • Joyce Chan Schoof, UK Parliament           
  • Julie Godefroy, CIBSE     
  • Lynne Sullivan, LSA Studio           
  • Mark Lumley, Architype
  • Marylis Ramos, Savills Earth        
  • Matt Webster, British Land         
  • Mel Allwood, Arup          
  • Nathan Millar, Elementa Consulting        
  • Sani Dimitroulopoulou, UKHSA  
  • Sean Lockie, Climate-KIC              
  • Simon Corbey, ASBP       
  • Tom Taylor, Steensen Varming  
  • Trevor Keeling, Aviva Investors  
  • Victoria Lockhart, IWBI

Industry views

It is about time we turn to a more human-centric design, focusing on occupant health and wellbeing but without compromising our environment. This change in culture can only be implemented through the education of new engineers. This MSc course is aspiring to equip new engineers with the right skills to face the challenges of the future.

Dr Anastasia Mylona, Research Manager, Chartered Institution of Building Services

We spend over half of lives in buildings and we have little understanding what impact poor air quality is having on our health. The next generation of smartphones will no doubt measure a range of pollutants including; VOC’s, and CO2 levels and other pollutants and this is when this whole debate will get really serious

Sean Lockie, Director - Head of Carbon and Sustainability Services, Faithful+Gould 

The MSc course content looks like it will provide individuals with a well rounded knowledge of how buildings effect occupants. This is an essential ingredient for approaching design in an imaginative way using first principles. It also provides a conduit to emerging best practice in the building industry.

Trevor Keeling CEng MCIBSE WELL AP, Senior Engineer, Buro Happold

I was very excited to learn more about the course content of the proposed MSc - it covers subjects critical to the design of better buildings and cities to support the UN Sustainable Development goal of resilience and sustainability. I have no hesitation in recommending this course of study for architects wishing to develop their knowledge and skills for health and wellbeing of users.

Lynne Sullivan OBE, Architect, RIBA - LSA Studio 

As a member of the International WELL Building Institute, I am very privileged to be supporting UCL in the development of the new MSc: Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings. UCL has taken the lead at identifying this gap in education in the built environment and  look forward to supporting course work development that impacts the health & wellbeing of the people who occupy our buildings.

Ann Marie Aguilar, International Well Building Institute (IWBI), Arup Associates

The launch of a new course that bridges the gap between the health and built environment sectors presents a very exciting and welcome opportunity to create a new generation of industry practitioners that will challenge existing definitions for sustainable buildings and of how we design our homes and communities.

Marylis Ramos, Director, Research & Sustainability, PRP Architects

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 

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