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Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This exciting new programme will equip professionals with the skills, knowledge and networks to drive sustainable innovation for health and wellbeing in the design, retrofit and operation of buildings. Based within The Bartlett, the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering is a world-leading research centre.

Degree information

Students will focus on the role of the built environment in health and wellbeing within the context of the sustainability agenda; key design, engineering and public health principles; practical tools applicable in professional practice to sustainably support health and wellbeing in buildings; relevant benchmarking, modelling and monitoring methods; and approaches to creating a business case for healthy and productive 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 report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).

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

Optional modules - students choose two of the following:
-Building Acoustics
-Designing Inclusive Places
-Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings

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.


It is anticipated that students taking this programme will find employment in architectural and 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 concerned with built environment and/or health and wellbeing issues. The MSc can also provide a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

The programme is designed with employability in mind. Students will, for example, use simulation tools similar to those used by commercial companies for thermal analysis or measuring indoor air quality. You will also gain hands-on experience of monitoring environmental conditions within buildings, and of gathering and evaluating occupant feedback. As awareness of the impact that the built environment can have on health, wellbeing and sustainability increases, so too does the demand for professionals with relevant expertise. Successful graduates will understand the factors affecting the business case for improved health, wellbeing and human performance in buildings.

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, via an industry workshop 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.

Visit the Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. architecture, engineering, physics and other relevant disciplines such as built environment or public health) is required, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For applicants without a first degree, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details may be obtained by contacting the Bartlett’s Graduate Faculty Office.

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