Built Environment : Environmental Design and Engineering MSc

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)

There is an urgent need for more efficient, sustainable buildings. UCL's Environmental Design and Engineering MSc develops new generations of experts to apply innovative, sustainable approaches to building design and operation. For over 40 years, we have continually produced a stream of high-achieving graduates sought after by the biggest names in building design and construction.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£16,500
£8,250
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will develop the skills needed to think innovatively about the design and operation of buildings in the context of local, national and global environmental issues. Key areas you will study include: 

  • Passive design
  • Efficient building services systems design
  • Advanced building simulation techniques
  • Occupant health and comfort

Who this course is for

This MSc is particularly suitable for early or mid-career building industry professionals who wish to expand their interest in the environmental, energy and health issues associated with buildings, and for recent graduates with building industry or environment-related degrees who wish to gain further training before entering their chosen professions.

What this course will give you

UCL's Environmental Design and Engineering MSc trains students to tackle urgent environmental issues in the build environment with innovative, interdisciplinary thinking. You will join a global cohort of students studying cutting-edge, sustainable approaches building design and operation. 

You will learn from academics who generate ground-breaking research in environmental design and engineering. Our research is embedded within the course, exposing you to the highest level of live research. 

Our extensive network of graduates drive change in building design and construction. We draw on their experiences and placements in leading companies to enrich this Master's and keep the programme industrially relevant.

This Master's is delivered by UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering in the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, home to specialist institutes in energy, environmental design and engineering, resources and heritage.  

The Bartlett Faculty brings together the multidisciplinary specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the built environment of the future. 

The QS World University Rankings (2021) ranks The Bartlett, our faculty, as #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #2 in the World. The Bartlett's research received the UK's most world-leading ratings for Built Environment research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

As you student benefit from:

  • A world leading, multidisciplinary learning environment. 
  • Studying in London, at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and next to the UK's seat of government and finance.
  • Our Institute's long-standing track-record of excellence in building design and engineering research.
  • Our long-standing established relationships with industry, policy makers and academia, who give guest lectures in our Institute.
  • Our extensive alumni network, many of whom are now within London and the UK's major building and engineering firms, who also attend networking events with our Master's students.
  • An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity

The foundation of your career

This programme is very close to the market with many students finding jobs even before their studies have finished. The skills students gain from the Master's are those that employers need. We teach several tools used by commercial companies such as the thermal analysis software IES VE. 

Through our strong alumni network graduates often contact us to recruit for new positions in their organisations. Keeping close contact with our graduates now in industry ensures we keep the Master's degree relevant to industry needs.

Employability

As the awareness of global environmental issues increases, the demand for people with expertise in the health and energy performance of buildings is expanding rapidly. Our graduates tend to move into, or continue in, building-related professions such as architecture, low-energy design consultancy, or building services engineering. A number of students have also used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

First destinations of graduates include: Foster and Partners, Arup, WSP, Atkins, Buro Happold, PassivSystems, EnergyExcel, Max Fordham, NEAPOLI, XC02 and more. Several have shared their experiences of how the Master's helped them gain employment in alumni profiles.

Accreditation

This course has been accredited as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive seminars, individual and group tutorials, site visits and a residential field trip. Assessment is through unseen examination, coursework, and the built environment report. Joint coursework, including a major low-energy group design project, is carried out by students in multidisciplinary teams.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) programme consists of six core module (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).

Modules

Full-time

You will take eight taught modules and a research project leading to a dissertation.

The taught modules are delivered in Term 1 and Term 2. These comprise six compulsory modules providing core knowledge, understanding and skills. You will also take two optional modules which will be drawn from a range of available modules, allowing you to pursue specialist interests. 

You should note that individual optional modules may not be offered in every academic year and are subject to sufficient numbers of students enrolling on them. If you have a specific optional module that you are interested in then you are strongly advised to contact the programme administrator prior to applying.

You will complete research project leading to a dissertation throughout Term 3 and the summer.

The residential field trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales typically takes place at the end of October. You will also benefit from the opportunity to take part in optional site visits across London throughout the programme.

Part-time

You will take eight taught modules and a research project leading to a dissertation over two years. For part-time students we suggest taking 3 core and 1 optional modules each year.

The taught modules are delivered in Term 1 and Term 2. These comprise six compulsory modules providing core knowledge, understanding and skills. You will also take two optional modules which will be drawn from a range of available modules, allowing you to pursue specialist interests. 

You should note that individual optional modules may not be offered in every academic year and are subject to sufficient numbers of students enrolling on them. If you have a specific optional module that you are interested in then you are strongly advised to contact the programme administrator prior to applying.

You will complete a research project leading to a dissertation throughout Term 3 and the summer in year 2.

The residential field trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales typically takes place at the end of October. You will also benefit from the opportunity to take part in optional site visits across London throughout the programme.

Flexible

You will take eight taught modules and a research project leading to a dissertation between two to five years.

The taught modules are delivered in Term 1 and Term 2. These comprise six compulsory modules providing core knowledge, understanding and skills. You will also take two optional modules which will be drawn from a range of available modules, allowing you to pursue specialist interests. 

You should note that individual optional modules may not be offered in every academic year and are subject to sufficient numbers of students enrolling on them. If you have a specific optional module that you are interested in then you are strongly advised to contact the programme administrator prior to applying.

You will complete a research project leading to a dissertation throughout Term 3 and the summer in the final year.

The residential field trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales typically takes place at the end of October. You will also benefit from the opportunity to take part in optional site visits across London throughout the programme.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

For the Master of Science (MSc), students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. For the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip), students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering.

Fieldwork

Students will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and site visits including a residential trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in North Wales.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500 £8,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Travel, accommodation and activities for the residential field visit are free. Travel costs for site visits or fieldwork within the London area (zones 1-6) accessible by public transport are covered by students.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Master's

Applications Open: 1 March 2022. Deadline: 31 May 2022
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study MSc Environmental Design and Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Environmental Design and Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021