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As a graduate of our MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering degree, you will gain a holistic understanding of the principles of low energy building and building services design, and will be able to contribute to the global transition to a future low energy built environment.

If you're looking to undertake a masters in building services engineering, then our MSc in Low Energy Building Services Engineering might be just what you're looking for. This degree will develop your understanding of: human thermal comfort and the need for indoor air quality - the principles of low energy building design - the design of building air conditioning systems - the buildings energy supply systems, including electrical and district energy systems - the control of low energy buildings – the theory and use of computer modelling and simulation in predicting building performance - the capture of design knowledge using 3D Building Information Modelling - and research methods and data analysis.

If you choose to study this MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering degree, you'll learn through a carefully balanced combination of lectures, in-class guided workshops, hands-on laboratory experiments, site visits, computer modelling and independent research, the content being delivered by experts in the field. Part time students may base their research projects on particular needs of their current employer.

This master's degree is accredited by both the UK Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI), for professional registration as a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng). The course has extensive support from industry and they provide prizes and placement for our students.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has an international reputation, close links with industry and UK professional organisations, and has delivered programmes in Building Services Engineering for over 40 years.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked 1st for ‘Research Environment’ in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning in the latest UK Government Research Excellence Framework.

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 is an experimental heat pump, heat transfer, pressure loss, corrosions for HVAC pipework. 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.

Who should study this programme

Our MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering degree is designed for graduates with an interest in building services engineering, and with backgrounds in Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Maths and Architecture who would like to learn about zero energy, HVAC, renewable systems, heat recovery, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and simulation of low energy buildings.

Why you should study this degree

  • accredited by both the UK Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI), for professional registration as a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • placement opportunities and prizes from industrial partners such as Pick Everard, Hilson Moran, EI, AECOM, Hays construction and Cundall
  • master’s dissertation competition provided by UK ASHRAE Midlands Chapter for MSc students
  • previous MSc students have participated in ASHRAE Design competitions and, in 2014 and 2017, won ASHRAE graduate of the year
  • our School has an international reputation, close links with industry and UK professional organisations and has delivered programmes in building services engineering for over 40 years
  • we are ranked 1st for ‘Research Environment’ in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning in the latest UK Government Research Excellence Framework (REF).

What you'll study

The modules on our Low Energy Building Services Engineering MSc degree are designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the design of mechanical building services systems, the design and operation of buildings, and building thermal comfort.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a combination of written exams, coursework, presentations and assignments.

How you'll study:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent study
  • Practical sessions

Future career prospects

Our MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering degree is designed to develop specialist knowledge, skills and expertise in building services engineering, and building performance with a focus on energy and related areas. Many companies visit the university to deliver lectures to our MSc students providing ideal opportunities for students to discuss employment prospects.

Graduate destinations:

Previous students have gone on to work for leading consulting engineering companies such as Arup, Pick Everard, Hoare Lea, Cundall, Foster & Partners, and Atkins. Some of these companies offer work placements for students to undertake their research dissertations.


Visit the MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

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