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MSc Environmental Design & Engineering


Our MSc Environmental Design and Engineering (MSc EDE) has been established for over 25 years and is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. Our course is interdisciplinary in all its aspects, dealing with the environmental issues associated with buildings.

In addition to providing sound training in the fundamentals of environmental design, our course currently deals with today's critical issues of CO2 emissions, pollution from fossil fuel consumed by buildings, and occupant health. With an increasing emphasis on the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions from buildings.

Programme objectives

Our course is designed for early to mid-career professional people who wish to expand their interest in the environmental, energy and health issues associated with buildings as a means of developing their careers. It also appeals to recent graduates with degrees related to the building industry or the environment who wish to train further before entering their chosen professions. Our course encourages an international mix of students of all ages from a variety of backgrounds.


Our MSc Environmental Design and Engineering course has been accredited as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (Ceng) by both the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute, as well as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Our MSc EDE was awarded the Happold Brilliant award by CIBSE for the best accredited course in October 2010.

Affiliated Centres or Institutes

The MSc EDE course has staff who are very closely linked to several other groups both within The Bartlett and across UCL, in particular please note the following:

The Centre for Sustainable Heritage
The new Bartlett 2050 Leadership programme
The UCL Engineering Doctorate Centre in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation (VEIV)
The UCL Royal Academy of Engineering, Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

Further information about the course is available via the tabs on the left.

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Teaching is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout terms 1 and 2, with full time students taking 4 core modules in term 1, and 2 core modules in term 2. Full time students need to select two optional modules in Term 2 making sure they aren’t taught at the same time. The table below gives an overview of the course structure, activities by week can be seen by looking at the coursework schedule page, referred to at the end of this page.

For current term dates, check correct year is displayed.

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We have been seeing increasing demand for highly numerate EDE graduates, so we would like all students to be competent at Excel on day 1. A good guide is for you to have completed Part 1 of the book "Data Analysis With Microsoft Excel", by Berk and Carey.

September - December term

Teaching day Location Code Module Tutor
Tuesday (10:00-13:00) G01, Central House BENVGEE1 Built Environment: The energy context MD
Tuesday (14:00-17:00) G01, Central House BENVGEE2 Health and Comfort in Buildings MU/BC
Wednesday (10:00-13:00) G01, Central House BENVGEE6 Efficient Building Services Systems  TDY
Wednesday 14:00-17:00) G01, Central House BENVGEE4 Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings DM
Week 3 Only G01, Central House TAS 1 Building Simulation Software Learning Week RR

January - March term

Teaching day Location Code Module Tutor
Tuesday (10:00-13:00)
Tutorials 4:30pm-8:30pm
x, x Feb, x March.
Crits on, x Feb, x March.
G01, Central
BENVGEE3 Building Solar Design HA
Tuesday (14:00-17:00) G01, Central House BENVGEE7 Methods of Environmental Analysis AM/SG

Optional modules

Thursday (15:00-17:30)  Anatomy, B15  BENVGFEC Environment Management and Sustainability LMH
BENVGEE8 The Control of Noise DT

Monday (pm)*

18:00 – 21:00

LG06, Central House BENVGEE9 Social Dimensions of Sustainability GM

Monday (pm)*

18:00 – 21:00

G01, Central
BENVGEEB Industrial Symbiosis TD
Wednesday (10:00-13:00) G01, Central
BENVGEED Energy Systems Modelling CS/MB
Wednesday (14:00-17:00) LG01, Central
BENVGEEA Advanced Building Simulation RR
Wednesday (14:00-17:00) G01, Central
BENVGEEC Environmental Masterplanning AJ/IH
Wednesday (10:00-13:00) LG01, Central
BENVGEEE Low Energy Housing Retrofit BC
Wednesday (14:00-17:00) Bentham SB01 Seminar Rm 3
BENVGEE5 The Lit Environment PR
Wednesday (14:00-17:00)
Smart Energy Systems
Wednesday (10:00-13:00)
Low Carbon, Low Energy System Design

April - September term

Teaching day Location Code Module Tutor
BENVGBE1 Dissertation BC


Coursework Schedule
Individual coursework briefs are for current students only and are within the private Atheni system. Notes on the assessment of coursework can be found here.


The course has 3 examinations which are sat in early May and represent 50% of the marks for the modules, BENVGEE1, BENVGEE3 and BENVGEE4, past papers can be found here, (requires login). The page you get to has several codes, basically the ones ending in 1 relate to EE1, ends in 3 relates to EE3, ends in 4 relates to EE4. Other past papers for other UCL exams can be found in the digital archive here.

Other events

A residential visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Wales will take place between Friday 1st to Monday 4th November 2013, inclusive.

Site visits and building visits are arranged throughout the year, recent visits have included The Crystal Building, a straw bale cafe, and BEDZed.


First-year part-time students take core modules BENVGEE1, BENVGEE2, BENVGEE3 and BENVGEE7 on Tuesdays, while second-year part-time students take core modules BENVGEE4, BENVGEE6 on Wednesdays. In term 2 students choose 2 from 9 optional modules or can take eligible modules from other departments. For course content see Content tab.


All of our modules are 15 credits, MSc EDE students take 6 core modules and choose 2 optional modules. A brief outline of the modules is given below, more detailed description of each module is given in the pdf course brochure available here.

Compulsory Modules

All compulsory modules are taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Term 1:

BENVGEE1 Built Environment: the Energy Context
Module Tutor: Professor Mike Davies
Assessment: Course work and written examination

Description: deals with the motivation for implementing energy efficiency on an international, national and individual basis in the context of the building industry, government legislation and environmental issues. It also considers how renewable technologies can assist with the reduction of CO2 emissions.

BENVGEE2 Health and Comfort in Buildings
Module Tutor: Dr Marcella Ucci
Assessment: Course work

Description: deals with the health and comfort of occupants of buildings, and considers the cause, alleviation and possible cure of unhealthy buildings.

BENVGEE4 Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
Module Tutor: Dr Dejan Mumovic
Assessment: Group course work and written examination

Description: considers the passive and active ventilation of buildings from the viewpoint of reducing building energy consumption at the same time as maintaining a healthy internal environment. The design aspects of natural ventilation and of air supply systems are also considered.

BENVGEE6 Efficient Building Services Systems
Module Tutor: Prof Tim Dwyer
Assessment: Course work

Description: deals with the energy implications of the selection and control of the heating and cooling systems in buildings. It considers the role of condensing boilers, heat pumps, combined heat and power (CHP) and absorption chilling, as well as conventional heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) plant, in the consumption of energy in buildings.

Term 2:

BENVGEE3 Building Solar Design
Module Tutor: Dr Marcella Ucci /Dr Hector Altamirano-Medina
Assessment: Group course work and written examination

Description: investigates the potential for solar heating and cooling in buildings, incorporating both active and passive systems. The role that advanced glazing technology can play in the design of buildings and the practical problems of designing glazed spaces are also reviewed.

BENVGEE7 Methods of Environmental Analysis
Module Tutor: Dr Anna Mavrogianni, Stephanie Gauthier
Assessment: Course work

Description: deals with the principles and practice of building environmental analysis and the methods of assessing the environmental performance of existing and proposed buildings and their attendant services.

Optional modules

Students choose 2 from 10 optional modules which all run in Term 2. All are assessed through by a single piece of coursework, except BENVGFEC which also has an exam.

Term 2:

BENVGEE8 The Control of Noise
Module Tutor: Dr Ben Croxford / David Trew

Description: aims to lay the foundations for an understanding of the basic principles of room acoustics and the control of noise and then move on to more detailed appreciation of design considerations to address potential noise problems in buildings.

BENVGEE9 Social Dimensions of Sustainability
Module Tutor: Dr Gemma Moore

Description: explores how architectural and engineering decisions can deliver a more sustainable built form. The module focuses upon the social dimensions of design within the built environment, as there is an increasing recognition that the 'social aspects' of built projects must be considered; The module brings together a diverse set of influences (engineering, sociology, psychology, planning)

BENVGEEA Advanced Building Simulation
Module Tutor: Dr Rokia Raslan

Description: provides an opportunity for those students with a greater interest in the use of building simulation software, to explore the application and development of advanced tools. Students will learn the use of advanced simulation models which can be applied for research and to design complex applications:- Modelling of moisture and pollutants in buildings

BENVGEEB Industrial Symbiosis
Module Tutor: Dr Teresa Domenech 

Description: introduce to students relevant aspects related with the environmental management and design of industrial areas and more generally to present new approaches and tools for the greening of industry. Using the framework of industrial ecology (where wastes become inputs for new processes), aspects related with the restructuring of the industrial sector towards a more sustainable industry.

BENVGEEC Environmental Masterplanning
Module Tutor: Aurore Julien, Ian Hamilton

Description: a series of lectures on fundamental concepts of environmental masterplanning that will complement those learnt during the main MSc EDE course. Where the main MSc EDE course focuses on the individual building, this module will focus on the issues surrounding large groups of buildings. The concept of environmental masterplanning is new but already several consultancies have com.

BENVGEED Environmental Systems Modelling
Module Tutor: Dr Catalina Spataru, Dr Mark Barrett

Description: focuses on the development of energy and environment scenarios, covering aspects from policy objectives, and the use of data and models to build scenarios and use them to inform policy. The series of lectures are arranged to provide core skills to students covering the key issues in this field, the staff involved are international experts.

BENVGEEE Low Energy Building Retrofit
Module Tutor: Dr Ben Croxford/ Sofie Pelsmakers

Description: to go into detail about understanding the issues around retrofiitting existing homes with insulation and systems to reduce energy consumption. We use PHPP and criticise case study retrofits, hopefully incorporating a site visit. This module is mainly aimed at architects with some experience of housing projects.

BENVGFEC Environment Management and Sustainability
Module Tutor: Dr Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd

Description: concerned with the management of energy and other sustainability issues within the remit of the facility manager. This includes issues such as climate change compliance, carbon footprinting and environmental management accreditation schemes.

BENVGEE5 The Lit Environment
Module Tutor: Peter Raynham
Assessment: Course work

Description: is a targeted overview of lighting issues relevant to environmental designers. Illumination engineering tools and the characteristics of light sources (daylight, lamps and luminaires) are considered in parallel with the human response to lighting to deliver integrated lighting design strategies for complex environments.

BENVGEES Smart Energy Systems - Theory, Practice and Implementation
Module Tutor: Dr Catalina Spataru

Description: The module proposed will give students from different background (architecture, civil, environment engineering, electrical engineering, building engineering) a multi-disciplinary view of the smart grid and show them the interrelationships between theory, practice and implementation. The module will offer a strong combination of theory, the latest energy developments internationally and some innovative practical case studies and tools.

BENVGEEX Low carbon energy supply system design for buildings and neighbourhoods
Module Tutor: Aurore Julien / Dr Ben Croxford

Description: This module will be very applied, with emphasis on the practical aspects of energy supply systems design. Several workshops will be included, with the use of a software to support the design and analysis of systems (either HOMER from NREL, or RETSCREEN). The model will cover different scales, from very small systems (for single house for example), to larger, neighbourhood wide supply systems (distributed energy networks with energy centre). An emphasis will be given to low carbon and renewable energy solutions.


Term 3:

BENVGBE1 Environmental Design and Engineering Dissertation
Assessment: Dissertation (10,000 words)
60 credits

Description: Students following the MSc EDE programme are required to submit a 10,000 word dissertation. The topic of the dissertation, which is supervised by a member of the Bartlett staff, is selected by the student in agreement with the course director. It can be taken from a wide range of subjects related to the main themes of the course and may be selected to assist career development or because of its inherent interest. Past dissertation topics can be found here


All MSc EDE staff are research active and their research work can be found by clicking through on their links:

Staff teaching on the programme currently include:

Dr Hector Altamirano Medina - Course Director
Module tutor: Building Solar Design
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Professor Michael Davies
Module tutor: Built Environment: The energy context
View Michael's profile

Dr Dejan Mumovic - Senior lecturer
Module tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings, Efficient Building Services Systems
View Dejan's profile

Dr Marcella Ucci - Lecturer
Module tutor: Building Solar Design, Health and Comfort in Buildings
View Marcella's profile 

Dr Rokia Raslan - Lecturer
Module tutor: Advanced Building Simulation
View Rokia's profile

Dr Anna Mavrogianni - Lecturer
Module tutor: Methods of Environmental Analysis
View Anna's profile

Stephanie Gauthier
Module tutor: Methods of Environmental Analysis
View Stephanie's profile

Dr Ben Croxford - Senior lecturer
Module tutor: Low Energy Housing Retrofit
View Ben's profile

Additional staff who teach on modules, run optional modules or run tutorials:

Professor Tadj Oreszczyn
Module tutor: Built Environment: The energy context
View Tadj's profile

Professor Bob Lowe
Module tutor: Built Environment: The energy context
View Bob's profile

Peter Raynham - Senior lecturer
Module tutor: The Lit Environment
View Peter's profile

Dr Gemma Moore
Module tutor: Social Dimensions of Sustainability
View Gemma's profile

Dr Teresa Domenech
Module tutor: Industrial Symbiosis
View Teresa's profile

Dr Mark Barrett - Senior Lecturer
Module tutor: Built Environment: The energy context
View Mark's profile

Dr Catalina Spataru - Researcher
Module tutor: Built Environment: The energy context
View Catalina's profile

David Trew (external with Bickerdike Allen and Partners)
Module tutor: The Control of Noise

Ian Hamilton - Researcher
Module tutor: Environmental Masterplanning
View Ian's profile

Aurore Julien
Module tutor: Environmental Masterplanning
View Aurore's profile

Oliver Wilton
Architectural tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
View Oliver's profile

Carrie Behar
Architectural tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings

Craig Robertson
Architectural tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings

Other Bartlett staff are also called on, including doctoral students to supervise dissertations.

The course has links with the UCL Energy Institute and many recent graduates are current Engineering Doctorate students.

Situated in London and at UCL, the MSc EDE programme is also able to draw on a wide range of external lecturers working in industry, some of whom are graduates of the course. In a typical year students may receive lectures from around 30 such people from a range of backgrounds.

External examiners on the programme have been drawn from a wide range of internationally-renowned institutions or are well-known individuals in their own right. In recent years these have included Neil Bowman, Simos Yannas, David Grierson (Strathclyde University), the current examiner is now Professor Bill Gething, (UWE).


Please click through to the UCL graduate prospectus page for this course, from where you can find information on application fees, eligibility, tuition fees, scholarships, and then complete the online application process.

Applicants should also review the faculty specific admissions information and the FAQ on admissions.


A strong alumni network meets seven or eight times annually with seminars on topics of interest by graduates in industry or UCL researchers. This is a key link for current students to gain access to buildings for their dissertations, as well as explore opportunities for internships and jobs.

Top graduates from the course are generally offered positions before the course is completed and the majority of graduates have been employed within a few months of graduating.

In recent years graduates have joined architects, engineering firms and environmental consultancies including:

A significant number of students have chosen to continue their education with UCL carrying out PhD or EngD programmes, such as those offered by the Centre in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation (VEIV); the Centre in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR); and the UCL Energy Institute.

Alumni (EDEComm)

Most recent events:

2012 October 23, 6:15pm: David C Penney, will be in the UK speaking in Central house on Carbon Monoxide, he is the author of the most important Carbon monoxide books in print, and will be speaking about latest developments in the research field around the subject of CO exposure and toxicity. His lively website is here.

2012 August 21, 6:15 - 8pm: Central house G01, Arabic speaking world focussed evening: EDEArabic: Karim Elgendy, editor of Carboun, he’s Egyptian/British and based in London writing about sustainability in the Arab speaking world

2012 August 7, 6:15 - 8pm: Central house G01, Brazil focussed evening: Ricardo Moreira, CEO of XCO2 energy and ex-EDE talking about projects in Brazil that they are involved in

See the mapping page for info on where our graduates are now.

Mapping page

Previous students and titles of their dissertations can be found here, this gives a good idea of the range of expertise found within the course staff team.

Past events and information

Event information
2011 December 14 End of term event at Costa Dorada, very well attended event, with over 70 of us enjoying tango dancers and tapas
2011 November 30 Rokia Raslan, "Whats the deal about the Green Deal"
2010 October 19
Holistic low carbon design, this will be based around building lifecycle carbon assessments. Meike Borchers, WSP.
2010 Sept 2 Graduation day plus party for EDE2009 cohort
2010 August 2 Alex Summerfield, Designing against bush fires in Australia
2010 June 15 Ed Garrod, Anis Abou Zaki, MIST Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, review of the building by the consulting engineers PHA Consult, www.phaconsult.co.uk
2010 May 11
EDE2010 post – exams party
2010 February 9
Floor design for retrofit for the future, Fran Bradshaw, Jennie Swain Ann Thorne Architects Partnership, Alex Moody XCO2Energy.
2009 December 16
Xmas party, Made in Brasil, Camden
2009 November 17
Antony Prodromou EDE2009, on Schools Design, heavyweight vs lightweight.
2009 October 3
Shaun Fernando EDE2008, Air quality in schools, repeat of presentation given by Shaun at Indoor Air in the US.
2009 September 10
Graduation day for 2008 finishers plus party
2009 July 15
Dr Ben Croxford: Barriers preventing better use of renewable energy in buildings
2009 June 16
Dr Mark Barrett: Transport, Energy and the Environment
2009 May 19
Dr Amir Khan lessons learnt from SAP surveys of over 100,000 homes for Warm Zones
2009 March 3
Henrietta Lynch on Passivhaus, with 2 case studies
2009 February 10
Marjan Gholamipour from Arup on LEED
2009 January 20
Penelope Vlandas, UCL Energy Institute
2008 November 18
Carrie Fung from Gifford on BREEAM 2008 and a recently completed building awarded BREEAM excellent
2008 October 14
Harry Bruhns from our department on results from the recent Carb Project
2008 September 10
Graduation ceremony with after-party in the Mortimer, Goodge Street
2008 July 8
Steffie Broer: Eco-community and self-build housing and its impact on climate change, followed by summer party somewhere
2008 June 11
Mark Barrett: Environmental aspects of aviation
2008 May 8
post-exam party Clockwork, Pentonville Road,
2008 March 12
Ann Thorpe, book launch Designers Atlas to Sustainability
2008 February 12
Daniel von Scheven MSc EDE 1999, Commercialising Novel Environmental Technologies, Carbon Trust Investment Manager
2007 December 5
Maria Kikira, MSc EDE 2000, Projects and info about CRES
2007 November 14
Professor Phil Steadman, Every built form has a number
2007 July 3
Peter Raynham, Chris Jackson – The big LED debate: Light Emitting Diodes can they save the planet.
2007 April 19
Mark Schroeder: The reduction of carbon emissions from the housing stock in Germany and the UK: Assessing the carbon savings through the refurbishment of existing buildings.
2007 March 8
Link with Build ON project event in Vauxhall Ben Croxford presentation on solar domestic hot water systems
2007 February 20
Link in with webcast event 2010 Imperative (archived webcast available)
2006 December 12
Ivan Chan, Buro Happold: Case Study of a Liverpool School Ivan has been working on
2006 November 14
Dr Ben Croxford: Gas appliances: a risky business
2006 June 28
Dr Mark Barrett: Feeding the Leviathan, A low carbon diet for the UK
2006 May 31
Professor Robert Lowe: Part L 2006 – goals, mechanisms, potential impacts

Last updated: 2012 June 26, CD