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This MSc course addresses scientific, technological and legislative aspects of the diagnosis (analysis and assessment) and management (remediation and restoration) of important environmental issues concerned with contaminated land, water quality, air pollution and waste. Read more
This MSc course addresses scientific, technological and legislative aspects of the diagnosis (analysis and assessment) and management (remediation and restoration) of important environmental issues concerned with contaminated land, water quality, air pollution and waste.

It has been designed with industry advice to enable good science and engineering graduates begin and advance successful careers in the environmental sector, and pursue postgraduate scientific research. The MSc is delivered in first-class teaching and research facilities by a dedicated team of internationally renowned environmental scientists, and presents considerable interaction with environmental consultancies and engineers, industry, local and regulatory authorities, and research institutes.

During 2007-2011, the course was supported by 6 NERC studentships, the most awarded annually to an environmental MSc. Students on the course have won the most EMpower research projects funded by companies within the nuclear industry, and since 2008, a Prize for Best Performance Overall has been awarded annually by Arup, a global environmental engineering and consultancy company.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/earthsciences/coursefinder/mscenvironmentaldiagnosismanagement.aspx

Why choose this course?

- The quality of teaching and learning on the course is enhanced considerably by significant professional networking and interaction with leading experts from environmental consultants and engineers, industry, local and regulatory authorities, and universities and research institutes; who present seminars, host study visits, co-supervise research projects, and act as an advisory panel.

- Graduates of the course are skilled and knowledgeable scientists with excellent employment prospects within the environmental sector, particularly as environmental consultants and engineers, in local and regulatory authorities, industry, charitable trusts, and research institutes and universities.

- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the Department’s research was ranked equal 6th in the UK with 70% rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Course content and structure

You will study seven taught modules, three case studies and complete an Independent Research Project:

- Communication & Co-operation Skills
Provides practical training in written and verbal communication media; project, team and time management; role playing in environmental impact assessment; careers advice and a mock job interview.

- Environmental Inorganic Analysis
A practical laboratory and field-work based introduction to quality assured sampling strategies, preparation processes and analytical methods for heavy metals in soils, surface waters, and vegetation.

- Diagnostic & Management Tools
Provides practical computer-based training in statistical analysis of environmental data, geographical information systems, and environmental risk assessment.

- Environmental Organic Chemistry Pathways Toxicology
Comprises physical and chemical properties, transport, fate and distribution, and toxicology of organic compounds in the environment.

- Contaminated Land Case Study
A practical laboratory and field-work based human health risk assessment of pollutant linkages at a former gravel extraction and landfill site. It comprises desk-top study, site investigation and sampling, laboratory analysis, data interpretation, quantitative risk assessment, and remediation options.

- Water Quality: Diagnosis & Management
A practical laboratory and field-work based introduction to aquatic science, hydrogeology, treatment of water and wastewater, and chemical, biological and physical monitoring of water quality. Includes a study visit to a global manufacturer of pesticides and herbicides.

- River Thames Basin Case Study
A combination of fieldwork, laboratory work and desk-top study to diagnose water quality in chemical and ecological terms, to identify industrial and agricultural pollutant linkages, and to determine environmental, ecological and health impacts.

- Air Pollution: Monitoring, Impacts & Management
Covers: sources, sinks, dispersion, conversion, monitoring, impacts and management of air pollutants with study visits to a local authority and a government research institute.

- Royal Holloway Campus Air Quality Case Study
Involves a consultancy company-style investigation of ambient and indoor air quality within the confines of RHUL campus; and combines desk-top research with practical fieldwork and laboratory analysis.

- Waste Management & Utilisation
Considers municipal, industrial and radioactive waste management options, with study visits to a landfill site, a waste incinerator, composting facility, recycling centre and nuclear power station.

- Independent Research Project
Consists of a four-month, independent scientific investigation, usually in collaboration with environmental consultants and engineers, local and regulatory authorities, industry, research institutes, and universities. Projects may comprise a desk-top study or practical laboratory and field investigation, they may be funded, and often lead to employment or to PhD research. Final results are presented at the Research Project Symposium to an audience from within the environmental sector

On completion of the course graduates will have acquired the experience, knowledge, and critical understanding to enable them to:

- Conduct themselves as professional environmental research scientists, consultants, and managers, convey in a professional manner, scientific, technical and managerial information, and manage projects and resources efficiently

- Apply quality assured sampling strategies, preparation procedures and analytical systems to quantify health risks posed by inorganic and organic pollutant linkages in soils, waters and air

- Apply statistical analysis, geographical information systems, and environmental impact and risk assessment to the interpretation of environmental data

- Appreciate the importance and impacts of hydro-geological, and bio- and physico-chemical processes on the treatment of water and wastewater, and on the quality of groundwater and aquatic ecosystems

- Appreciate the emissions, dispersion, conversion, and monitoring of natural and man-made gaseous and particulate air pollutants, their impacts on climate change, human health and vegetation, and management on local, regional and global scales

- Appreciate the prevention, re-use, recycling, recovery, disposal and utilisation of municipal and industrial waste and the management of nuclear waste within the constraints of national and international legislation

- Manage an independent environmental science research project, often with professional collaboration, and of significant value to their career development.

Assessment

- Written examinations test understanding of the principles and concepts taught in the modules and case studies, and the ability to integrate and apply them to environmental diagnosis and management.

- Assessment of module work and practical computing, laboratory and fieldwork evaluates critical understanding of the environmental science taught, and mastery of producing quality assured data, and its analysis, interpretation, presentation and reporting.

- Assessment also reflects the ability to work independently and in teams, and to learn during study visits.

- Assessment of research projects is based on the ability to manage and report on an original piece of independent scientific work.

- All assessed work has significant confidential written and verbal feedback.

Employability & career opportunities

94% of the graduates of the MSc from 2008 to 2013 either successfully secured first-destination employment as international environmental consultants and engineers, in industry, local and regulatory authorities and charitable trusts, or are conducting postgraduate research within international research institutes and universities.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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The global challenge of environmental sustainability highlights the need for holistic design and management of complex environmental and technological systems. Read more

The global challenge of environmental sustainability highlights the need for holistic design and management of complex environmental and technological systems. This interdisciplinary Master's programme presents environmental issues and technologies within a systems engineering context. Graduates will understand interactions between the natural environment, people, processes and technologies to develop sustainable solutions.

About this degree

Students will develop an understanding of systems engineering and environmental engineering. Environmental engineering is a multidisciplinary branch of engineering concerned with devising, implementing and managing solutions to protect and restore the environment within an overall framework of sustainable development. Systems engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the development and management of large complex systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), a collaborative environmental systems project (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and an individual environmental systems dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Collaborative Environmental Systems Project
  • Environmental Systems
  • Systems Engineering and Management
  • Systems Society and Sustainability
  • Environmental Modelling

Optional modules

Options may include the following:

  • Engineering and International Development
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Politics of Climate Change
  • Project Management
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Urban Flooding and Drainage
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters
  • Energy Systems Modelling
  • Smart Energy Systems: Theory, Practice and Implementation
  • Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
  • Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings
  • Building Acoustics
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Advice in Practice
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Waste and Resource Efficiency

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project addressing a problem of systems research, design or analysis, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and projects. The individual and group projects in the synthesis element involve interaction with industrial partners, giving students real-life experience and contacts for the future. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentations, and group and individual projects.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Environmental Systems Engineering MSc

Careers

Career paths for environmental systems engineers are diverse, expanding and challenging, with the pressures of increasing population, desire for improved standards of living and the need to protect the environmental systems. There are local UK and international opportunities in all areas of industry: in government planning and regulation, with regional and municipal authorities, consultants and contracting engineers, research and development organisations, and in education and technology transfer. Example of recent career destinations include Ford, KPMG, EDF Energy, Brookfield Multiplex, and the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Air Quality Engineer, National Environment Agency
  • Environmental Engineering Consultant, DOGO
  • Nuclear Analyst, EDF Energy
  • Graduate Flood Risk Engineer, Pell Frischmann
  • Project Manager, Veolia Environmental Services

Employability

The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focussed professionals who can take an integrated approach to complex problems.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with an international demand for multi-skilled professionals who can take an integrated approach to solving complex environmental problems (e.g. urban water systems, technologies to minimise industrial pollution). Environmental engineers work closely with a range of other environmental professionals, and the community.

Skills may be used to:

  • design, construct and operate urban water systems
  • develop and implement cleaner production technologies to minimise industrial pollution
  • recycle waste materials into new products and generate energy
  • evaluate and minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects
  • develop and implement sound environmental management strategies and procedures.

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore environmental systems engineering. Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty institution with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

Accreditation

The progamme is accredited by the Joint Boad of Moderators, which is made up of the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institutions of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

60% 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.



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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. Read more

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’.

Key Facts

- 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.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/civil/low-energy-building-services/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:

- 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]

Facilities

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.

How you will learn

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.

Scholarships

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.

Why choose civil engineering at Loughborough?

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.

- Research

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/



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This leading-edge programme, established before many in the built environment field were aware of greenhouse gases, has produced a stream of high-achieving graduates sought after by the biggest names in building design and the construction industry. Read more

This leading-edge programme, established before many in the built environment field were aware of greenhouse gases, has produced a stream of high-achieving graduates sought after by the biggest names in building design and the construction industry. We attract students from across the globe eager to find positions worldwide or to take relevant, cutting-edge thinking about sustainable building design back to their own part of the world.

About this degree

The programme aims to develop students' knowledge and expertise in problem solving in the area of the built environment, and provide a framework for developing innovative thinking in the design and operation of buildings, placing associated environmental issues in a global, national and personal context.

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 built environment dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules

  • The Built Environment: The Energy Context
  • Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in Buildings
  • Building Solar Design
  • Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
  • Efficient Building Service Systems
  • Methods of Environmental Analysis

Optional modules

  • Advanced Building Simulation
  • Low Energy Housing Retrofit
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation of Buildings
  • Multi-objective Design Optimisation
  • Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling
  • Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
  • Building Acoustics
  • Light, Lighting and Vision in Buildings
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Smart Energy Systems Implementation
  • Energy Systems Modelling

The availability of all optional modules is subject to demand.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive seminars, individual and group tutorials, site visits and a residential field trip. Assessment is through unseen examination, coursework, and the built environment report. Joint coursework, including two major low-energy architectural design projects, is carried out by students in multidisciplinary teams.

Fieldwork

Students will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and site visits including a residential trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in North Wales.

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: Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering MSc

Careers

Most students who complete the programme move into, or continue in, a building-related profession, such as architecture, low-energy design consultancy, or building services engineering. As the awareness of global environmental issues increases, the demand for people with expertise in the health and energy performance of buildings is expanding rapidly. A number of students have used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

First destinations of recent graduates include: Neapoli, XC02, Max Fordham, Arup, WSP, Atkns, Buro Happold, PassivSystems, EnergyExcel, local authorities, Foster and Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Environmental Analyst, Foster + Partners
  • Environmental Consultant, XCO2 Energy
  • Graduate Engineer, AECOM
  • Graduate Engineer, Arup
  • Sustainability Consultant, Arup and studying Environment Facility Management, UCL

Employability

This programme is very "close to market" with many students finding jobs even before their studies have finished: the skills students gain are those that employers need. For example, we teach several tools used by commercial companies including the thermal analysis software IESVE. Students can walk straight into jobs where these are used and be useful immediately. Students sometimes take placement positions while working on their dissertations; in recent years this has included overseas options, for example, with Neapoli in Malaysia. Graduates often contact us through our strong alumni network to recruit for new positions, listening to their feedback ensures we keep the programme relevant to industry needs.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

Located in London, the UCL Bartlett is at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and has all the resources of a world city to hand. It offers unrivalled networking opportunities, with alumni in the majority of the major firms in London, who often give lectures to students and appear at networking events.

The multidisciplinary faculty contains the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, which has been ranked first for Architecture in the UK for many years, and is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity. The school is internationally known as a centre for innovative design.

Accreditation

This course has been accredited as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Energy Institute.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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.



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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. Read more

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.

About this degree

During the course students will:

  • examine the built environment's impacts on health and wellbeing, within the context of sustainability;
  • master key design, engineering and public health principles;
  • use tools applicable in professional practice, including standards, benchmarking, modelling and monitoring methods;
  • consider factors affecting the business case for healthy and productive sustainable buildings.

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).

Core modules

  • Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment
  • Health and Wellbeing in Cities: Theory and Practice
  • Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
  • Integrated Building Design for Health, Comfort and Wellbeing
  • Methods of Environmental Analysis
  • Wellbeing in Buildings: Theory and Practice

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. 

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Building Acoustics
  • Designing Inclusive Places
  • Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings

Dissertation/report

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.

Fieldwork

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

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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.



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Join a unique qualification. Join the Master of Construction (Building Technology) - the only postgraduate building technology qualification in New Zealand. Read more

Join a unique qualification

Join the Master of Construction (Building Technology) - the only postgraduate building technology qualification in New Zealand.

Learn how to make more efficient energy use of facilities and how to create a healthy facility with the only building technology qualification in New Zealand.

During the Massey University’s Master of Construction (Buildng Technology) you will learn how to design and manage healthy and energy efficient homes and workplaces, from principles to applications.

A focus on healthy buildings 

The Master of Contruction has a focus on energy management and healthy buildings and is the only university course that looks at indoor air quality, healthy building and energy issues.

Become a leader in building technology

You will learn from senior faculty members and industry experts. Our staff have extensive experience and are working at the global forefront of research into healthy buildings. It is an opportunity for you to learn the latest developments in this area and take this learning back into your organisation and career.

Gain vital project management skills

As well as specific learning around facilities management, you will gain skills in front-end general project management issues such as development, finance, planning and scheduling, contract and stakeholder management. This is supplemented by elective modules from other construction-related endorsements or schools according to your professional specialisation. 

Our lecturers come from a range of relevant sectors such as architectural technology, environmental engineering, construction, engineering, and IT. International participants feature strongly on all intakes. This wide mix of expertise allows for you to have meaningful exchange and interaction at this postgraduate level. Staff are very active in research on healthy buildings allowing students to be at the cutting edge of this fast growing area. 

Flexibility

The curriculum is flexible to meet your unique study preferences and for your convenience. A full-time option is offered over one year, while the part-time option allows you to work while you study via block study mode, coupled with an interactive virtual learning environment. All courses are delivered in block study mode with Contact Workshops on the Auckland campus.

A global perspective

The built environment affects, and is affected by many external influences. During this programme, you will gain a global perspective of the social, political and ethical influences on building and construction and learn how to overlay these in your decision-making process.

Your learning takes place in an environment of diversity, integrity and transparency. The environment replicates, and reflects the standards of the construction management profession itself. 

A masters in a year

This degree is 120 credits, meaning you can complete in only one year full time. You can enter this programme if you have an approved four year degree, a three year degree and a postgraduate diploma, or a three year degree and two years relevant work experience.

Why postgraduate study? 

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. 

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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The Integrated Building Systems Design and Operation MSc offers a thorough grounding in the science and engineering of integrated building systems. Read more

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.

About this degree

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).

Core modules

  • Building Systems Physics
  • Engineered Environmental Elements
  • Building Systems Modelling and Energy Management Systems
  • Building Systems Development and Operation
  • Integrated Building Systems Simulation
  • Integrated Building Design for Health and Wellbeing

Optional modules

  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings
  • Multi-Objective Design Optimisation
  • Building Acoustics
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • Low-Energy Housing Refit

The list of optional modules is correct for the 2018/19 academic year. Enrolment on modules is subject to availability.

Dissertation/report

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.

Fieldwork

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

Careers

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. 

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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.



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With a particular focus on research and research methods, our Built Environment. Energy Demand Studies MRes is ideal for you if you wish to be at the cutting-edge of new developments in this important area. Read more

With a particular focus on research and research methods, our Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies MRes is ideal for you if you wish to be at the cutting-edge of new developments in this important area.

Our Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies MRes programme covers many topics that are essential to understanding building energy demand, including building simulation techniques, measuring real building performance, the economics of energy demand and statistical techniques for macro-level analyses. The knowledge you will gain on this programme is applied through the MRes dissertation, a major piece of academic work which takes place throughout the year and provides the opportunity to work closely with an experienced staff member on an in-depth research topic.

The Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies MRes programme aims are to:

  • establish understanding of the UK energy landscape and how energy and climate change challenges are interlinked through technical, environmental and behavioural factors
  • provide the skills necessary to support research practice, critical assessment, and the use of evidence on technical, environmental, social and economic factors influencing energy demand in buildings and building stocks
  • to develop students’ transferable skills enabling them to successfully manage, communicate, and lead complex research projects
  • provide real experience of research through the generation, development and implementation of a significant research-based dissertation

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has a world leading reputation for its research and strong collaborations with industry and commerce. The School is one of four Royal Academy of Engineering Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, and one of the six most highly funded EPSRC-funded groups working on Built Environment topics.

In the UK Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the School was the highest ranked and most research intensive building energy research school in the UK. 87% of the School’s research was scored as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

During your studies, you will gain access to 3000m2 of unrivalled laboratory and field-scale facilities that enable world-class research to be conducted. Our suite of full-scale test houses are unique in providing a ‘matched pair’ capability that allows high-quality comparative testing of home energy efficiency interventions. In the laboratory, a controllable environmental room combined with laser-based velocimetry equipment and heated breathing manikin allows investigations of the airflows around humans in rooms and the implications for inhaled air quality and thermal comfort for a range of ventilation options. A ‘salt bath’ water tank enables airflows through buildings to be visualised and a large scale indoor solar simulator can be used for testing the solar collection performance of new concepts for renewable energy collection by buildings. There are many questions about moisture flows in buildings, and our newly-completed hygrothermal chambers allow investigation of heat and moisture transfer through building structures. These large-scale facilities are complimented by a suite of workshops and supported by a team of technicians trained in wood-work, plastics, metal-work, mechanical systems and electronics.



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