If you’ve completed an undergraduate engineering degree and want to continue expanding your knowledge and enhancing your skills, GCU’s MSc Building Services Engineering is for you. Master this vibrant, essential discipline and achieve eligibility for Chartered Engineer status.
Chartered building services engineers with the broad skillsets to tackle complex technical challenges are in high demand. Their work brings together expertise in both construction and engineering, offering excellent career opportunities. With the advanced post-graduate study offered by GCU’s MSc Building Services Engineering, you’ll be prepared for a successful career in this important field.
The programme is approved by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute. Together with an accredited BEng Honours degree, the MSc provides an educational foundation for you to achieve full CEng status.
At GCU, you’ll find a welcoming community of career-focused professionals who are dedicated to the common good. While you develop your skills and increase your expertise to make a positive impact through your work, your welcoming classmates, colleagues and teachers at GCU will both challenge and support you.
The building services engineering profession is a vibrant and important component of both the construction and engineering sectors of industry. The MSc Building Services Engineering is aimed at engineering graduates to enable them to progress towards full chartered (CEng) status.
There is a strong demand for good quality chartered building services engineers who have the wide and multi-disciplinary knowledge that enables them to operate effectively on projects involving diverse technical challenges. Engineers now require a period of postgraduate study after achieving an Honours degree on an accredited BEng programme before they can become eligible for chartered (CEng) status. The MSc Building Services Engineering programme has been designed primarily as a period of further learning to follow an honours degree in building services engineering or environmental engineering.
The programme offers you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience of all technical aspects of building services design as well as providing an understanding of building management.
Various methods are used to assess the modules depending on the nature of the module. These include written examination, course work, and oral presentation. Normally there is more than one assessment component in each module.
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The programme is approved by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI). The MSc and a suitable accredited BEng (Hons) degree will together form the educational base for full CEng status.
The MSc Building Services Engineering will give you the preparation you need for a successful career. With a 96% graduate employment rate for GCU alumni, you can count on excellent prospects.
Graduates of this programme have many options, both within the UK and with firms across the globe. They design mechanical and electrical services for buildings of all kinds, work as consultants or become members of a design-and-build construction team. They manage building or shipping facilities. They also work on either the technical or management side of installing and commissioning equipment and systems.
This programme is aimed at graduates of building services engineering and other science and engineering disciplines who wish to extend their technical expertise in the field of building services engineering. With energy consumption within the design and operation of buildings becoming an ever increasingly important factor this programme is designed to combine building services engineering knowledge with specific energy considerations in their design.
The programme is accredited for further learning for CEng and professional membership by the Energy Institute and CIBSE. CIBSE has praised the programme as ‘one of the leading MSc courses of its kind in the UK’.
- An outstanding place to study. The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is ranked 1st in the UK for Building in the Times Good University Guide 2018.
- Research-led teaching from international experts. 75% of the School’s research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Government Research Excellence Framework.
- The programme is accredited by the two main institutions representing energy and buildings – the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Energy Institute. On successful completion of the course, students are deemed to meet the education requirements for both institutions and their applications can be endorsed by course tutors.
- Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer & Fluid Flow [70% exam, 10 credits]
- Thermal Comfort & Indoor Air Quality [70% exam, 15 credits]
- Building Thermal Loads & Systems [70% exam, 15 credits]
- Building Energy Supply Systems [70% exam, 15 credits]
- Building Control & Commissioning [70% exam, 10 credits]
- Concept Design [0% exam, 15 credits]
- Low Carbon Building Design [50% exam, 15 credits]
- Advanced Thermal Modelling [50% exam, 15 credits]
- Research Project [0% exam, 60 credits]
- Research Methods in Building Performance [0% exam, 10 credits]
All masters students have access to a wide range of building simulation codes which include commercial software, as well as bespoke codes developed in-house. Students can run these codes on their personal laptops or access any one of our computer laboratories, including access to our recently commissioned 2000-node high performance computer cluster.
One of our key strengths at Loughborough is our experimental facilities which enable us to validate computer models. Our masters students have access to a vast range of experimental facilities, some of which are used during the taught modules and all of which are available for use by students during their research dissertations.
You will learn through a carefully balanced combination of lectures, in-class guided workshops, hands-on computer modelling, field measurements and independent research. Students have access to a wide range of air flow and thermal modelling software as wells as extensive laboratory facilities. Following nine taught modules, students pursue a research dissertation of their choice which draws on the skills developed during the taught modules.
Students are assessed by a combination of traditional written exams, coursework and assignments. This split is typically 70/30 (exam/coursework) or 50/50, although some modules, such as research methods and concept design are assessed entirely based on coursework which comprises individual presentations and group work.
The University offers over 100 scholarships each year to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a county outside the European Union. These Scholarships are to the value of 25% of the programme tuition fee and that value will be credited to the student’s tuition fee account.
You can apply for a scholarship once you have received an offer for a place on this programme.
As one of four Royal Academy of Engineering designated Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, the School of Civil and Building Engineering is one of the largest of its type in the UK and holds together a thriving community of over 60 academic staff, 40 technical and clerical support staff and over 240 active researchers that include Fellows, Associates, Assistants, Engineers and Doctoral Students.
Our world-class teaching and research are integrated to support the technical and commercial needs of both industry and society. A key part of our ethos is our extensive links with industry resulting in our graduates being extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide,
- Postgraduate programmes
The School offers a focussed suite of post graduate programmes aligned to meet the needs of industry and fully accredited by the relevant professional institutions. Consequently, our record of graduate employment is second to none. Our programmes also have a long track record of delivering high quality, research-led education. Indeed, some of our programmes have been responding to the needs of industry and producing high quality graduates for over 40 years.
Currently, our suite of Masters programmes seeks to draw upon our cutting edge research and broad base knowledge of within the areas of contemporary construction management, project management, infrastructure management, building engineering, building modelling, building energy demand and waste and water engineering. The programmes are designed to respond to contemporary issues in the field such as sustainable construction, low carbon building, low energy services, project complexity, socio-technical systems and socio-economic concerns.
Drawing from our excellent record in attracting research funds (currently standing at over £19M), the focal point of the School is innovative, industry-relevant research. This continues to nurture and refresh our long history of working closely with industrial partners on novel collaborative research and informs our ongoing innovative teaching and extensive enterprise activities. This is further complemented by our outstanding record of doctoral supervision which has provided, on average, a PhD graduate from the School every two weeks.
- Career Prospects
Independent surveys continue to show that industry has the highest regard for our graduates. Over 98% (DLHE, 2016) were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Recent independent surveys of major employers have also consistently rated the School at the top nationally for civil engineering and construction graduates.
Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/civil/low-energy-building-services/
The digital age has revolutionised how engineers operate. Gone are the days when you could work with just a calculator, a piece of paper and a design chart. You will develop your expertise using building information modelling software systems that include Revit and Navisworks.
Whether you graduated from our BSc (Hons) course or already work in industry as an associate engineer, we will equip you with the skills to play a leading role in the design, installation and management of building services.
Sustainability and the carbon reduction in buildings are a key issues around the world and these themes will be central to your work. You will learn about intelligent buildings and automation, and you will develop your knowledge of environmental science and the latest systems and innovation in energy conservation.
We will improve your technical engineering capabilities so that you can take responsibility for building services and mechanical installations. You will also focus on areas such as project responsibility, lighting design, heating, thermal comfort, air conditioning, cooling systems, acoustic comfort and electrical services.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.
You will have the opportunity to use building information modelling that includes packages such as Revit, Tekla and Vico, with a strong emphasis in design that meets environmental constraints.
You will be taught by staff who are practicing engineers and who will give you a global stance on building services engineering, drawing international comparisons with systems and operational solutions from around the world.
This course is also available via distance learning, offering you the flexibility to study at a time and pace that suits you.
There is a high demand around the world for building services engineers. They are needed in the construction of new buildings and in the maintenance and refurbishment of existing structures to ensure they are operational and energy efficient. Your course will provide you with the academic standing to apply for membership of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and enable you to be involved in making key decisions in the industry.
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.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.