UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Environmental Design and Engineering MSc

Meeting the urgent need for more sustainable, efficient and healthier buildings, by developing experts to apply rigorous thinking and an innovative approach to environmental design and engineering.

There is an urgent need for more sustainable, efficient and healthier buildings to mitigate the impacts of climate change and contribute towards achieving net zero carbon targets. UCL's Environmental Design and Engineering MSc teaches a new generation of experts to apply innovative and sustainable approaches for more efficient building design and operation through integrated design and engineering.

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

Several of our alumni have shared their experiences studying Built Environment: Environrmental Design and Engineering MSc at UCL.

Gaurav's experience

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I specifically wanted to join this course owing to its reputation, the modules, the professors, and essentially I believed doing this Masters will prepare me for a career in the built environment for years to come."

Gaurav, Environmental Design and Engineering Graduate 2021, Energy and Carbon consultant

Antonia's experience

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Nowadays the job market is extremely competitive; however, having an MSc degree from UCL distinguishes you from other candidates and shows your ability to commit to an intense period of work. In my current role as a Sustainable Design Assistant I have been applying skills and specialised knowledge I gained from my master's degree, these include Embodied and Whole Life Carbon Analysis, Low Carbon Materials and Design Methodologies.”

Antonia Vavanou, Environmental Design and Engineering graduate 2019, Sustainable Design Assistant at Hawkins Brown Architects

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Where our graduates are now

As interest in, awareness of and concern about global environmental issues increases, the demand for people with expertise in the health and energy performance of buildings is rising exponentially. Most students who complete the MSc programme move into, or continue in, a building-related profession such as architecture, low-energy design consultancy, or building services engineering. Others use the MSc as a foundation for MPhil or PhD research.

In recent years graduates have joined architects, engineering firms and environmental consultancies, including: ArupAtkins GlobalBere ArchitectsBuro HappoldEnergyExcel, The Facility ArchitectsPHA Consult, Foster + PartnersCamcoPassiv Systems, XCO2 Energy. Many graduates also choose to continue their education with UCL, undertaking PhD or EngD programmes.

Industry links

We are built on enterprise and have strong links to industry and policy through a range of partnerships and projects. The make-up of our programme's advisory board demonstrates the depth of this collaboration with expert practitioners and thinkers in the field.

Current members of the Environmental Design and Engineering MSc advisory board are:

  • Joe Jack Williams, FCBStudios
  • David Hawkins, Skelly and Couch
  • Anastasia Mylona, CIBSE
  • Anis Abou Zaki, Foster and Partners
  • Craig Robertson, AHMM
  • Marie-Louise Schembri, Hilson Moran
  • Marjan Gholamalipour, Arup
  • Saud Muhsinovic, Mott MacDonald