The Integrated Building Systems Design and Operation MSc offers a thorough grounding in the science and engineering of integrated building systems. Drawing upon the world-leading research conducted in this field at The Bartlett’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, and exploiting strong industry links, it provides students with the knowledge and skills to be able to excel in relevant industry roles or pursue research at the doctoral level.
The programme is informed by the latest research and the evolving needs of the industry. You will learn about integrated building design, advanced modelling and simulation, energy management systems, and performance evaluation. You will develop the expertise to utilise hard-edged engineering methods and quantitative and qualitative tools to test and evolve your designs, integrating quantitative performance considerations.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
The list of optional modules is correct for the 2018/19 academic year. Enrolment on modules is subject to availability.
All students undertake an independent research project whch culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, problem-based learning, hands-on laboratory sessions and project work. Assessment is through a combination of methods; written coursework, group work with a design component, individual and group-based project work, unseen examinations, and by dissertation.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip in term one which will include a mix of workshops, seminars and team building activities.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in site visits throughout the duration of the programme.
The costs of the field trip are covered by the department. Site visits that are within the Transport for London area and which are optional may incur additional transport costs.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Integrated Building Systems Design and Operation MSc
Successful graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required for engineering and specialist roles in companies that provide engineering, design, planning and consulting services.
Companies that specialise in building services engineering, operations, building controls and energy systems, as well as high-tech companies seeking to deliver disruptive solutions and digital innovation in the built environment will be particularly interested in employing this programme’s graduates, as will public sector agencies and government departments concerned with the built environment, resource efficiency, and energy management.
The programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral and industrial research pathways and can lead to a career in research.
You will gain strong core knowledge and hands-on experience with monitoring and energy management systems, and applying industry standards. You will use simulation tools including EnergyPlus, DesignBuilder or IES<VE>, and will become familiar with modelling languages like Modelica. These skills are highly sought after in industry.
An advisory group provides guidance to ensure content and project briefs are relevant to industry needs. Guest lecturers will be drawn from industry.
You will gain the confidence to undertake large interdisciplinary projects with many unknowns and uncertainties, learning to coordinate work, integrate across disciplines, and make balanced decisions, thus preparing you for professional life.
The MSc in Integrated Building Systems Design and Operation (IBSDO) offers exceptional university graduates the opportunity to become experts in this innovative and developing discipline. We aspire to generate leaders in technology, delivering high-performance engineered solutions in building systems design.
The IBSDO MSc is delivered by the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE), building upon strong links with industry and multidisciplinary research undertaken at The Bartlett. Teaching is delivered at the Bloomsbury campus and UCL’s new Here East facility in East London: you will benefit from access to the creative hub in Here East and access to modern lab spaces and equipment.
Accreditation will be sought by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as suitable "further learning" to meet the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
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