UCL Graduate degrees


Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Part-time and flexible students normally attend half this amount. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week.

Application dates

Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£16,000 (FT)
£8,000 (PT)
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (PT)

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

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Accredited as further learning for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. architecture, engineering, physics and other relevant disciplines in built environment and public health) is required, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. If your first degree was not in a relevant discipline, please clearly state in your personal statement how your educational or employment background (including any internships or projects) relates to the programme and what you aim to achieve through your studies.

For applicants without a first degree, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination (or essay) may be set.

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: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

International students

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.

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About this degree

During the programme you will:

  • examine the built environment's impacts on health and wellbeing, within the context of sustainability
  • master key design, engineering and public health principles
  • use tools applicable in professional practice, including: standards, benchmarking, modelling and monitoring methods
  • understand the factors affecting the business case for healthy and productive sustainable buildings

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits - full-time 9 months or modular/flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of eight modules (15 credits each).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits - full-time 4-7 months or modular/flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of four modules (15 credits each).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment (15 credits)
  • Health and Wellbeing in Cities: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Indoor Air Quality in Buildings (15 credits)
  • Integrated Building Design for Health, Comfort and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Methods of Environmental Analysis (15 credits)
  • Wellbeing in Buildings: Theory and Practice (15 credits)

In addition to core modules, student learning is supported via supplementary activities including: dedicated tutorials for specialised software, case study visits, a residential field visit, an introduction to building physics, and opportunities to attend selected events with international experts. 

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Building Acoustics (15 credits)
  • Designing Inclusive Places (15 credits)
  • Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings (15 credits)


MSc students undertake an independent research project culminating in a 10,000-word report (60 credits).

The dissertation is an excellent opportunity to deepen your interest or expertise in a specific topic, via research with dedicated tutor support.


The programme includes case study visits. Fieldwork activity may be required for selected coursework – if so this is likely to take place within the Greater London area. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, tutorials and lab demonstrations. Assessment is through coursework, design reports, written examinations and a dissertation.

Additional costs

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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

Additional funding is available from our Institute and Faculty as advertised on the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering’s scholarships page and The Bartlett’s scholarships page.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Master's

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Based on financial need

Lamport Hall Preservation Trust Scholarship

Deadline: 16 July 2021
Up to £10,000 (Duration of programme)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

GREAT Scholarships for a Sustainable Future

Deadline: 5pm (BST), Thursday 21 April 2021
£10,000 (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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


Our graduates have gone on to work in architectural or engineering companies, and specialist consultancies dedicated to the design and/or evaluation of sustainable buildings, with a strong focus on health and wellbeing. Our first cohort have found employment in leading organisations ranging from Delos in China to Samoo Architects & Engineers in South Korea, the Shenzen Institute of Building Research, to PhD roles at universities including UCL. Several have shared their experiences in alumni profiles.

Additional career paths may be within in-house building design and operational teams, in relevant public sector agencies or government departments, or in specialist product or service innovation companies.


As awareness increases of the impacts that the built environment can have on health, wellbeing and sustainability, so too does the demand for professionals with relevant expertise.

Students gain hands-on experience of monitoring environmental conditions, gathering and evaluating human responses to the environment, applying industry standards, and simulation tools similar to those used by commercial companies for building performance evaluation.

Successful graduates will understand how to communicate with different stakeholders and develop the business case for improved health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings. Our Advisory Group of industry experts has helped us shape a curriculum with graduate employability in mind.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Established in 2017, Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc is one of the first degrees of its kind worldwide. Spanning both technical disciplines and the humanities, the programme equips graduates to work in a range of sectors. With its emphasis on critical enquiry, multidisciplinary understanding and strong communication skills, this degree is designed to help students develop into highly employable, multi-skilled professionals. 

The degree facilitates networking with industry leaders, including meeting members of the MSc Advisory Group and selected opportunities for industry-related dissertation projects.

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 buildings and urban environments of the future.

QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020) ranksThe Bartlett #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 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 a student you will 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 academics, who give guest lectures in our Institute. 
  • Our extensive alumni network, many of whom are now within London and UK’s major building engineering firms, who attend networking events with our Master’s students.
  • An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity


Accredited as further learning for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

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Application and 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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from early or mid-career professionals who wish to work in the built environment, public health, environmental psychology or other relevant fields. The programme will also interest recent graduates of related disciplines (e.g. architecture, engineering, interior design, public health, psychology, geography, and other relevant disciplines) wishing to gain further training in this field.

Application deadlines

31 May 2021
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings at graduate level
  • why you want to study Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings 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.

The programme should appeal to students with a deep interest in the ‘human aspects’ of sustainability, as well as the ability to span across technical and humanities disciplines.

Please note: submission of a portfolio or of GRE results is not required.

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