Sustainable Built Environments, Energy and Resources MEng

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)
Sustainable Built Environments, Energy and Resources MEng (2024)

To mitigate the climate change and its effects on the environment and humankind, we must adapt our built environment to become environmentally sustainable, climate-resilient and resource-efficient. This BSc/MEng programme provides the vital skills needed to help design and create a more sustainable future, and is the first of its kind to bring together the three primary aspects of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.


UK students International students
Study mode
4 calendar years
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

Mathematics required
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

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Mathematics required
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, including Mathematics at grade 6, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

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A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, including Mathematics at grade 6, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your BTEC syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA, to include Mathematics

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Mathematics at Advanced Level

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, to include Mathematics.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

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

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

 As we face the climate crisis, there is an urgent need in the world for sustainability experts and leaders to play a vital role in adapting our built environment. This solution-oriented programme is unique as it combines every aspect of sustainability, from social and environmental science to resource economics and engineering, providing students with the complex real-world skills needed for decisive action.

Students can take the programme as either a BSc (Hons) and a MEng. 

  • Students who wish to gain a broad understanding of sustainability issues and specialise at a later date should take the three-year BSc (Hons) pathway, as it covers a broad and diverse range of topics.
  • Students who plan to specialise as sustainability engineers should apply for the four-year MEng pathway, which will give them accreditation they need to become chartered engineers (CEng), in addition to covering the topics on the BSc (Hons) programme. 

MEng students will be fulfilling the ECUK (Engineering Council UK) requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This new programme will be actively seeking the ECUK accreditation via CIBSE. At the end of their second year, BSc (Hons) students who decide they wish to specialise as sustainability engineers have the option to transfer to the MEng programme. 

What this course will give you

We offer:

A world-leading learning environment. The QS World University Rankings (2021) places The Bartlett, our faculty, as the #1 for Built Environment studies in the UK and #2 in the world

A world-leading track record in building design and engineering, energy and sustainable resources research

Established partnerships and an extensive alumni network within many of London’s and UK’s major building engineering firms

Long-standing, strong relationships with stakeholders from industry, policy-makers and academia, who often give lectures and appear at networking events and provide unrivalled networking opportunities

A London location at the centre of open innovation

An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity

A track record of delivering exceptional graduates that went on to assume leadership roles in industry and academia

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MEng (Hons) in Sustainable Built Environments, Energy and Resources.


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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

The core programme comprises 15 modules shared by both BSc (Hons) students and MEng students. In addition to the core modules:

BSc (Hons) students will choose two electives and complete a dissertation
MEng students (those who enrol or choose to stay on for a fourth year) will have four extra modules, with two chosen electives and a dissertation

This course puts theory into practice, introducing students to new concepts as they learn through workshops and projects. 

Unique to this programme are the 'Sustainable Buildings' and the ‘Sustainable Cities' Challenges, comprising six hands-on modules where students address real-world challenges from sustainable buildings to sustainable cities at both local and international levels. The modules are taught by two co-leaders – one who is a specialist in socio-economic issues, and one in environmental and engineering issues. 

Assessment methods will be vary depending on the module, but are likely to include exams, individual and group coursework assignments, and dissertations.

Compulsory modules

Assessing and Managing Environmental Resources

Energy and Environmental Systems Modelling

Machine Learning and Predictive Data Analytics

Sustainable Buildings Challenges: Heritage, Retrofit & Reuse (Project B)

Sustainable Cities Challenges: Health, Wellbeing and Climate Change

Systems Thinking and Participatory Approaches for Sustainability

Compulsory modules

Health, Comfort and Well-being in Sustainable Buildings

Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Decision Making Data Analytics

Sustainable Buildings Challenges: Engineering Zero Carbon

Sustainable Cities Challenges: Smart and Zero Carbon

Your learning

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods that will include:

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, individual learning, group collaborative projects, virtual and physical site visits, workshops, laboratory experiments, e-Learning and formative assessments.

You will be regularly exposed to leading expert practitioners in workshops, seminars and e-sessions who will provide contextualised knowledge and understanding.


Assessment methods will be diverse and vary depending on the module, but are likely to include exams, individual and group coursework assignments, and dissertations. Students may choose to take part in site visits, fieldwork, and work placements, which will not be assessed.


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.

The foundation of your career

Most alumni from our current programmes have pursued careers in the sustainability related professions and some graduates have chosen to pursue professional qualifications to become practicing engineers and architects. Alumni have gone on to work in a variety of areas including multinational consultancies, international organisations, energy industry, building design and construction industry, governments, and local authorities, whilst others pursue further study or a career in academia.



The skills taught on this programme will be attractive to a wide range of potential employers and industries.

They’ll develop transferrable skills that will support their career beyond sustainability and engineering, including how to lead a team, communicate complex ideas and use advanced decision-making processes. This programme also has connections with sustainability and built environment contacts in government, industries and businesses, who can offer students employment opportunities, plus work placements and field visits. 

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £9,250
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2023/24 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

This programme has no additional costs.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme and 2023/24 entry.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Undergraduate

Deadline: 7 July 2023
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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