The Bartlett


Learning Environments MSc

Learn to understand the complex intersections between learning and the physical environments in which it takes place, so as to improve future educational spaces.

Programme highlights

  • Develops an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge of learning environments, bringing together policy, design, estates and pedagogic perspectives and agendas
  • Offers a variety of routes, for adapting to your own personal and career interests and intentions
  • Provides an engaged and collaborative forum for deep engagement with the challenges and opportunities posed by contemporary education world-wide
  • Enables you to deal effectively with complex issues by honing your problem-definition and problem-solving abilities 
  • Offers routes to bolster your research and consultancy expertise in learning environments 

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Programme overview

The Learning Environments MSc is an innovative programme that focuses on the creation, renewal and management of sustainable learning environments for positive educational and social outcomes. Educational places from early years, primary and secondary schools, to college, universities, through to learning on the job and lifelong learning, are the focus.

Themes covered include the expanding investment in education worldwide, innovative modes of teaching and learning, the changing impact of digital technologies on learning environments, and the interplay of teachers, pupils/students and physical facilities in improving learning, shaping communities and in advancing the institutional mission.

The programme is based at Here East, an innovative new teaching and research space for the Bartlett Real Estate Institute. Several modules, shared with students specializing in other facilities such as healthcare, enrich the range of learning opportunities. You benefit from The Bartlett Faculty’s research in evidence-based design and management of learning facilities, access to expert invited speakers from built environment professions - architecture, planning, interior design, project management, facility and estate management, project and real estate management, and education experts. Your study will also include visits to innovative facilities in London and other locations.


The first four of the core modules listed below will be shared with other Master's students at the Bartlett Real Estate Institute. The remaining four modules in the list have been specifically designed for the Learning Environments programme.

  • Development and Capital Projects
  • Building Solutions and Systems
  • Finance for Real Estate
  • Value and Intellectual Capital of Real Estate
  • Effective Learning Environments
  • Towards Sustainable Learning Environments
  • Learning Environments in the Digital World
  • Learning Places in the Local Context

This MSc is designed to provide a variety of routes. We offer a full-time Learning Environments Masters across one calendar year. Or you can take a flexible/modular pathway, completing the course over two years, or over a longer period of time. For students who want to have a flexible choice of certification, you can complete a PG Cert (four modules) or a PG Diploma (eight modules). This route excludes the dissertation. It enables students to select from a palette of modules (based on availability) to meet their own educational, personal and career development needs.

MSc Learning Environments modules are taught in week-long blocks, so can be aligned easily with employment demands.

Industry links

The MSc Learning Environments already has strong relationships with industry, particularly through current research and consultancy partnerships. This includes professional organisations such as AoC (Association of Colleges), AUDE (Association of Directors of Estates), Universities UK, HEFCE, Higher Education Quality Design Forum (HEDQF), Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) as well as practitioners specialising in the master-planning and design of learning spaces; commercial property advisors, facilities and project managers; senior education policy-makers and managers; and pedagogic experts, academic developers and educational technology specialists. Students will have many opportunities to engage with the industry at a variety of different levels, through guest lectures, building visits, case study analyses and live projects.  

Key information


[[ UPDATE : The programme can be studied full-time over 1 year or flexibly over 5 years. Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Flexible students normally attend half this amount. ]]

Entry requirements

[[ UPDATE : Read the full entry requirements for this programme on the UCL Graduate Prospectus. ]]

Fees and funding


Information about tuition fees for this programme is available on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding sectionof the UCL website.

Teaching and learning

The course is based on intensive week-long teaching blocks, centred on problem-based and collaborative learning.  We use a wide and relevant range of learning approaches, from online exercises, debate and quizzes to small group-based problem resolution, scenario-building, simulations and real world investigations. You will also develop your independent study and essay-writing skills, with assessments asking you to communicate critical and creative responses to different audiences (such as report writing, a critical review paper, group and individual presentations). The 10, 000 word illustrated dissertation enables research and analysis of a topic of your choice at a deep and substantive level.  

Key staff

Dr. Jos Boys, Programme Director MSc Learning Environments

Jos has worked for over 10 years as an independent Learning Spaces consultant and researcher. Her background is in architecture and urban planning and she has written extensively about the complex and often contested inter-relationships between pedagogies, academic development, institutional policy and strategies, facilities planning and learning space design. 


Professor Alexi Marmot Director, Global Centre for Learning Environments

Alexi is an internationally acknowledged expert in the design, management and use of places for work and for learning.


Dr. Clare Melhuish, Director of UCL Urban Laboratory

Clare Melhuish is a specialist in social and cultural research into architecture and the built environment, with a particular interest in how educational facilities can impact on their wider context. This includes undertaking case studies on university-led urban regeneration to inform UCL's plans for the development of a new campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (UCL East). 


Andrew Edkins, BREI Director

Andrew has a background in real estate, from complex commercial refurbishments to being part of the team who built Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, the first 'fast-track' major teaching hospital project. He is particularly interested in projects and their management.


Peter McLennan, Senior Lecturer in The Bartlett School of Planning

Peter McLennan’s principal expertise is in teaching, research and consultancy through applied methods and techniques for creating and evaluating workplace and occupancy performance within the context of facility management and use.


Careers and employability

The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world's top-ranked Built Environment schools and our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities. The Learning Environments MSc is mainly aimed at people experienced in some aspect of education who want to know more about learning estates and design for physical learning environments; and at those from a background in the built environment who are may have worked with aspects of real estate, property design and management, and who want to gain more in depth knowledge of educational environments. The course will enhance the knowledge and skills needed to shine in this expanding specialised area. Graduates will also have additional possibilities to carry out future research and consultancy in the field, or may want to go on to do a PhD. 


UCL’s Alumni Online Community (AOC) allows students from all levels of study to connect with volunteer alumni mentors. There is a dedicated Built Environment Network and international groups from Japan to the USA, so you can build new connections with alumni from over 190 countries worldwide. Whether you are seeking professional advice to perfect your CV or want to explore a particular career path, a global network of experienced UCL alumni is ready to support you.

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