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Light and Lighting MSc

UCL offers one of the world's most comprehensive MSc programmes in Light and Lighting. The bespoke content provides a holistic approach to lighting and is widely accepted across industry. By joining Europe's long-standing specialist graduate lighting programme you will learn how to design lighting as an integrated component of architecture, considering the human response and exciting advances in science and technology.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

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

Application dates

Full-time
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020
Flexible/Modular
Close: 28 August 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£14,730 (FT)
Overseas:
£26,160 (FT)


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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Accreditation:

The Light and Lighting MSc has been accredited by the United Kingdom's Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) as meeting the further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.  CIBSE have registered the degree with the Engineering Council.

The course is recognised by the American National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions - NCQLP, making it easier for students achieve LC Certification.

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

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.

A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Bachelor's standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level.

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 UCL 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: Standard

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

Given the progression in the lighting industry from gas lamps to LEDs, lighting has become an increasingly specialist subject area. Specialist knowledge is now required to understand the implications and opportunities of fast advancements in technology.  This programme provides this knowledge, you'll learn about lamp and luminaire technologies, the impact of light on architectural form and the human reaction to light. This knowledge is essential to give graduates both the vision to design beautiful lit environments and the skills necessary to ensure that they are successfully engineered.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a light and lighting dissertation (90 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Light and Lighting.

Compulsory modules

  • Lighting Fundamentals (15 credits)
  • Lighting: Applied Calculations (15 credits)
  • Lighting Research (15 credits)
  • Advanced Lighting Design (30 credits)
  • MSc Light and Lighting Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

Students choose one optional module to the value of 15 credits from any department in The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. Please note that this is subject to availability and the approval of the relevant Programme Leader.

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.

Dissertation/research project

All students submit a 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits) on a topic associated with light and lighting in the built environment.

Fieldwork

The programme may include site visits.


Teaching and learning

The programme has formal elements of lectures and tutorials that are complemented with project work and site visits to study lighting. There are also other visits to laboratories and other facilities associated with the subject. Assessment is through coursework (essays and design projects), written examination and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Additional costs

Students are expected to pay for local travel near the university. Travel for events outside London is provided if it forms part of the taught degree.

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

Accessibility

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

Funding

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

Any additional funding available from the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

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

Careers

We have a rich network of Alumni who sucessfully entered and made a career in the lighting industry, whether it be for global engineering consultancies, lighting design practices, architecture offices or luminaire manufacturers. The majority of graduates have either continued to work, or have gained employment in the lighting profession. A number of students have used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Employability

The programme has enabled students to demonstrate their learning at national and international level competitions. A number of students have gone on to win international awards in the field of lighting, including the Light Play prize at the Total Lighting Show, the RHS Silver Gilt Medal, and Lighting Designer of the Year. Several Light and Lighting graduates have received the Society of Light and Lighting Young Lighters of the Year award. Graduates have also delivered conference presentations at LuxLive, Museum lighting conferences and PLDC (Professional Lighting Design Convention) Madrid and Copenhagen.

Why study this degree at UCL?

You will benefit from both practical and theoretical learning. This MSc has at it's disposal the Lighting Simulator, an advanced sunlight and daylight modelling facility employing both computer simulation and a sophisticated variable luminance artificial sky.

Alumni who have studied this course have been able to demonstrate their ability out in industry. Many of our graduates have been successful in gaining awards and prizes from around the world including Lighting Designer of the Year, and the Society of Light and Lighting's Young Lighters of the Year award.

We are part of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources – home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage. The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

The Bartlett is #1 for Built Environment studies in the world (QS World University Rankings). The Bartlett’s research received the most world-leading ratings for research on the Built Environment in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Accreditation:

The Light and Lighting MSc has been accredited by the United Kingdom's Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) as meeting the further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.  CIBSE have registered the degree with the Engineering Council.

The course is recognised by the American National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions - NCQLP, making it easier for students achieve LC Certification.

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

People passionate about lighting are welcome to apply, preferably with a background in architecture, interior design, industrial design, various engineering disciplines, science, arts and theatre subjects. However we encourage all prospective students with an interest in lighting to apply and go through the selection process. Students have come from many countries around the world as well as the UK. Many students have studied part-time while employed in some element of the lighting profession and industries.

Application deadlines

Full-time
24 July 2020
Flexible/Modular
28 August 2020

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 Light and Lighting at graduate level
  • why you want to study Light and Lighting 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.

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