This programme builds upon the ever-increasing professional and research interest in the sector. It equips professionals with the skills, knowledge and networks needed to drive sustainable innovation for health and wellbeing in the design, retrofit and operation of buildings. Based at The Bartlett, the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering is a world-leading research centre.
During the course students will:
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits - full-time 9 months or modular/flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of eight modules (15 credits each).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits - full-time 4-7 months or modular/flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of four modules (15 credits each).
In addition to core modules, student learning is supported via supplementary activities including: dedicated tutorials for specialised software, case study visits, a residential field visit, an introduction to building physics, and opportunities to attend selected events with international experts.
Students choose two of the following:
All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a 10,000-word report.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, tutorials and lab demos. Assessment is through coursework, design reports, written examinations and a dissertation.
The programme includes case study visits and a residential field visit. Fieldwork activity may be required for selected coursework – if so this is likely to take place within the London area.
Travel, accommodation and activities for the residential field visit is free. Travel costs for site visits or fieldwork within the London area (zones 1-6) accessible by public transport is covered by students. Otherwise, travel is covered by the programme.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc
It is anticipated that students taking this programme will find employment in architectural or engineering companies, and specialist consultancies dedicated to the design and/or evaluation of sustainable buildings with a strong focus on health, wellbeing and human performance (e.g. productivity).
Additional career paths may be found within in-house building design and operational teams, and in public sector agencies or government departments concerned with built environment, public health and/or other health, wellbeing and sustainability issues.
Employment opportunities may also be available in relevant product or service innovation companies. The MSc can provide a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
Students gain hands-on experience of monitoring environmental conditions, gathering and evaluating human responses, applying industry standards, and simulation tools similar to those used by commercial companies for building performance evaluation.
Successful graduates will understand how to communicate to different stakeholders, and develop the business case for improved health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings. Our advisory group of industry experts has helped us shaping a curriculum with employability in mind.
As awareness increases of the impacts that the built environment can have on health, wellbeing and sustainability, so too does the demand for professionals with relevant expertise.
The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE) has proven research and teaching excellence in built environment, sustainability and health research.
The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms. Our high-achieving graduates are sought after by the biggest names in the built environment industry.
The degree facilitates networking with industry leaders, including meeting members of the MSc Advisory Group and selected opportunities for industry-related dissertation projects
Located in London, we are at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and next to the UK's seat of government and finance. We offer unrivalled networking opportunities, with alumni employed throughout the major firms in London who often give lectures and attend networking events.
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.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in High Performance Buildings is an intensive one-year degree program for engineers and architects who want to make a difference in the building sector. You’ll graduate from this program with a strong technical foundation in energy systems design modelling, equipping you to be a technical leader in the integrated design, construction and maintenance of green building energy systems. This technical foundation is balanced by courses in leadership and business, giving you a powerful skillset for overseeing the design of green buildings, from the initial planning stages through to implementation and operation.
The project-based curriculum has three primary areas of focus: architectural courses on green building design and regenerative development; engineering courses on energy modelling and design, and two interdisciplinary capstone projects where you will work with clients to develop real-world solutions to their design challenges. While 60 per cent of your classes will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.
Graduates of this program will have the technical and leadership skills to improve the energy performance of existing buildings and design integrated high-performance energy systems for new buildings.
The MEL in High Performance Building degree was developed in close collaboration with industry partners, who spoke to us of the high demand for high-performance building experts. Government and industry employers are seeking professionals who have the creative and visionary skills to develop the processes and systems that can lead to lasting change, and who have the cross-functional technical and business skills to propose innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects.
To complement your academic studies, professional development workshops, delivered by industry leaders, are offered throughout the year-long program. These extra-curricular sessions cover a range of topics such as:
-Giving and receiving feedback
-Learning how to deliver a successful pitch
The workshops also provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs.
Energy use in buildings is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, making it a high priority to design more energy-efficient buildings and retrofit existing buildings. This is a growing sector, with opportunities in consulting, construction, manufacturing and government. With governments at all levels increasing the standards for energy conservation, there is a need for professionals who can take leadership in designing the integrated high-performing energy systems in our built environment. Examples of typical graduate job roles include Engineering consultant, LEED professional, city or municipal planner, code and bylaw developer, project manager in architectural & engineering firms, building energy auditor and energy manager.
Sustainable provision and use of energy is a major international challenge of the twenty-first century.
The industry-responsive course is designed to equip the next generation of energy professionals with the skills required to tackle climate change, ensure energy supply and manage efficiency in the built environment.
How do we create the spaces and places in which people wish to live and work? What is the impact of our current cities and buildings on the environment? What will the impact of urbanisation and climate change be? Apply for our MSc Energy and Sustainability course and link energy, environment and buildings to deliver sustainable solutions. Learn about climatic design of buildings and cities and adaptation for a future climate.
Developed in collaboration with industry and public sector energy specialists, this course will enhance your career path and value to employers.
On this one-year course, you will learn to assess and quantify the energy performance and climatic design of buildings and urban forms. You will also improve your knowledge of renewable energy technologies and geographical information systems. You have the opportunity to choose a module to suit your own interests.
The last four months of the course will be dedicated to research. You will complete a significant research project and may have the opportunity to work with one of our many industrial partners; typically a utility or energy consultancy, to develop your professional experience.
The degree will open the door to employment opportunities in large energy focused companies, consultancies and the public sector. Develop sustainable approaches to meeting our current and future energy challenges with the MSc Energy and Sustainability degree.