Sustainable Built Environments, Energy and Resources MEng

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)
Sustainable Built Environments, Energy and Resources MEng (2025)

The time to act on climate change is now. We need a new generation of experts with the skills to make our buildings, towns and cities more sustainable, healthier places to live. UCL’s Sustainable Built Environments, Energy and Resources MEng is designed to provide you with the vital skills needed to kickstart your career as sustainability engineer, take action on climate change, and help build a better future.

 

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 calendar years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£31,100
Programme starts
September 2024
Application deadline
31 Jan 2024
UCAS course code
K301

Entry requirements

Grades
AAA
Subjects
Mathematics required. Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Physics preferred.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

Grades
ABB more about contextual offers
Subjects
Mathematics required at grade A. Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Physics preferred.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, including Mathematics at grade 6, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

Points
34 more about contextual offers
Subjects
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

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.

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.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, 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

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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

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: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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


Are you ready to join a new generation of sustainability experts helping to make our buildings, towns and cities more sustainable, healthier places to live? In the face of climate crisis, we need a sustainable built environment that is both climate-resilient and resource-efficient. UCL’s Sustainable Built Environments Energy and Resources BSc and MEng is a unique solution-oriented undergraduate degree that combines every aspect of sustainability, from social and environmental science to resource economics and engineering, to give you the skills needed to take decisive climate action and help build a sustainable future. 

You will learn:

  • Social, environmental and economic theories, and how these can be used to address climate change, achieve net-zero emissions, and improve health and wellbeing in the built environment.
  • How to use data analysis, modelling and advanced decision-making processes to design, construct, operate sustainable buildings, neighbourhoods and cities.
  • How to use important digital tools and software used in sustainability to provide creative solutions to real-world problems.
  • Essential maths and statistics required to work in sustainability, learning through real-life examples with additional support provided.
  • The key challenges facing sustainable built environments, including heritage, health and culture, and how to overcome them.
  • Leadership, critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and other employable transferrable skills.

Beyond lectures and workshops, you will get hands-on experience applying your theoretical knowledge to real-life sustainability issues in Sustainable Buildings and Cities Challenges.

Depending on your ambitions, you can take the programme as either an MEng or BSc (Hons). 

  • Students on the MEng route will wish to become sustainability engineers. They will study for four years, gaining the same comprehensive understanding of sustainability issues in the built environment as BSc students as well as taking additional engineering-focussed modules. We are actively seeking accreditation so MEng students can apply to become Chartered Engineers once they have completed their studies.
  • Students on the BSc (Hons) route will be motivated to gain a comprehensive understanding of sustainability issues in the built environment ready to kick-start their career in a range of different sectors concerned with sustainability. BSc students will study full-time for 3 years.

If you are unsure what pathway is right for you, you can apply for either route and at the end of the second year you will have the opportunity to change.

What this course will give you

You will:

  • Be taught by a range of world-leading academics and sustainability experts, actively contributing to the latest research and policy in their area of expertise
  • Create solutions for real-world sustainability problems, by applying what you have learnt to Sustainable Building and Cities Challenges
  • Gain the skills needed to develop and design sustainable built environments from building to city scales
  • Join a new generation of professionals in the fast-growing field of sustainable built environments

We offer:

  • A world-leading learning environment. The QS World University Rankings (2022) places The Bartlett, our faculty, as the #1 for Architecture & Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the world
  • A Faculty recognised for research excellence in environmental design and engineering, energy, and sustainable resources 
  • A track record of delivering exceptional graduates, forming extensive alumni networks that are now in leadership roles in sectors concerned with sustainability and major building engineering firms around the world
  • Long-standing, strong relationships with stakeholders from industry, policymakers and academia, who often give lectures and appear at networking events
  • A London location at the centre of open innovation
  • An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity

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.

Modules

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. 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 MEng students and BSc (Hons) students. In addition to the core modules:

  • BSc (Hons) students will choose two optional modules and complete a dissertation
  • MEng students will take four extra modules, with two chosen optional modules and a dissertation

In this programme you will learn how to put your theoretical knowledge about sustainability into practice. New concepts related to sustainability challenges will be introduced through workshops and projects by academics and industry partners. Unique to this programme are our 'Sustainable Buildings' and ‘Sustainable Cities' Challenges, which are five hands-on modules where you will work together to create sustainable solutions for real-life challenges in cities and buildings at local and global levels. These modules are taught by two co-leaders with complimentary specialist expertise in socio-economic issues, environmental and engineering issues, as well as invited industry experts to give you a full understanding of sustainability challenges in the built environment.

Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you take and are likely to include exams, individual and group coursework assignments, as well as a dissertation.

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.

We are currently exploring fieldwork and site visit options for the 2024/25 academic year within the UK.

Typically, you will spend 15 hours per week in lectures, workshops and tutorials. This should be supplemented with further 20 hours of self directed study, working on coursework assignments and doing additional reading.

Assessment

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. 

Accessibility

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

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Undergraduate Virtual Open Days

UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, voted University of the Year 2024 by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. With students from over 150 different countries, UCL is a diverse global community of world leading academics and students. Join us at our Virtual Open Days and discover why UCL might be the place for you! Check out our Open Days webpages where you can find out about the programmes on offer, student services and book live Q&A sessions to get your questions answered.

The foundation of your career

Sustainability is a rapidly growing industry. We expect graduates of this new programme to be in exceptionally high demand as a result. The skills taught on this programme will be attractive to a wide range of potential employers, including those in field such as:

  • Building design and construction industry
  • Energy industry
  • Startup energy companies
  • Governments, and local authorities 
  • Multinational consultancies
  • Sustainable Finance 
  • Charities, non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations

Possible job titles for those who have completed the Sustainable Built Environments Energy and Resources MEng include Architectural Engineer, Building Energy Engineer, Energy System Engineer, Sustainability Data Analyst. These are just a few examples as a wide range of new industries and career paths that are emerging in this space.

Our department has connections working in sustainability and built environment in government, industry and business, who often offer students employment opportunities, plus work placements and field visits.

Employability

You will develop a holistic view of sustainability and the built environment. You will be able to create sustainability strategies that take into account uncertainties and complexities using skills from a combination of academic disciplines, an ability that will be attractive to employers.

You will become familiar with programming languages like Python for data analytics used widely across different industries, as well as learning digital skills and software for creating sustainable built environments including ENVI-met microclimate simulation software, Geographic Information System (GIS) for analysing geographic information, and EnergyPlus for building energy simulation.

You will also develop transferrable skills that will support your career beyond sustainability, including how to lead a team, communicate complex ideas and use advanced decision-making processes. 

Industry views

The skills taught on this programme will be attractive to a wide range of potential employers and industries. Nearly 100% of the 44 potential employers we surveyed said there was either a high or very high demand for graduates from a programme like this. Over 70% said they expect demand for the kind of skills taught on this programme to increase sharply.

“The climate crisis demands that we organise our industry a new way for a sustainable future. Building performance must address broader sustainability and encompass social, economic and ecological aspects. Graduates of this course are the future of our industry.” Dr Craig Robertson, Head of Sustainability, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)

“Designing a new world - a sustainable future involves transformative change in every aspect of society globally. This degree provides a future focussed and progressive academic foundation for the next generation of building professionals to learn and explore transdisciplinary ways of working, engage in healthy debate and experimentation across multiple domain areas, developing a cohort of future leaders to steward the industry towards a more sustainable world." Florence Lam - Arup Fellow and Global Lighting Design Director, Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Accreditation

We are actively seeking the Engineering Council UK accreditation via the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineering so that MEng students will be fulfilling the ECUK (Engineering Council UK) requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £31,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 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 2024/25 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

We are currently planning field work and site visit locations within the UK for the 2024/25 academic year. Travel and activities during fieldwork or site visits outside of London are included in student fees, whilst the cost of meals and subsistence should be covered by students. Travel costs for site visits or fieldwork within the London area (zones 1-6) accessible by public transport are covered by students.

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.

Scholarships

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 2024/25 entry.

Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: 5 July 2024
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.

Selection

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

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