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.
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.
Further information about the course is available via the tabs on the left.
Teaching Programme Manager, send an email
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.
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
|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||
|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||
January - March term
x, x Feb, x March.
Crits on, x Feb, x March.
|BENVGEE3||Building Solar Design||HA|
|Tuesday (14:00-17:00)||G01, Central House||BENVGEE7||Methods of Environmental Analysis||AM/SG|
|Thursday (15:00-17:30)||Anatomy, B15||BENVGFEC||Environment Management and Sustainability||LMH|
||BENVGEE8||The Control of Noise||DT|
18:00 – 21:00
|LG06, Central House||BENVGEE9||Social Dimensions of Sustainability||GM|
18:00 – 21:00
|BENVGEED||Energy Systems Modelling||CS/MB|
|BENVGEEA||Advanced Building Simulation||RR|
|BENVGEEE||Low Energy Housing Retrofit||BC|
Bentham SB01 Seminar Rm 3
||BENVGEE5||The Lit Environment||PR|
Smart Energy Systems
Low Carbon, Low Energy System Design
April - September term
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.
A residential visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Wales will take place between Friday 1st to Monday 4th November 2013, inclusive.
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.
All compulsory modules are taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BENVGBE1 Environmental Design and Engineering Dissertation
Assessment: Dissertation (10,000 words)
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.
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:
Module tutor: Methods of Environmental Analysis
View Stephanie's profile
Additional staff who teach on modules, run optional modules or run tutorials:
Module tutor: Environmental Masterplanning
View Aurore's profile
Architectural tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
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.
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.
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
- Atkins Global
- Bere Architects
- Buro Happold
- The Facility Architects
- PHA Consult
- Fosters and Partners
- Passiv Systems
- XCO2 Energy
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.
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
|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"|
||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|
||EDE2010 post – exams party|
||Floor design for retrofit for the future, Fran Bradshaw, Jennie Swain Ann Thorne Architects Partnership, Alex Moody XCO2Energy.|
||Xmas party, Made in Brasil, Camden|
||Antony Prodromou EDE2009, on Schools Design, heavyweight vs lightweight.|
||Shaun Fernando EDE2008, Air quality in schools, repeat of presentation given by Shaun at Indoor Air in the US.|
||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|
||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
||Professor Phil Steadman, Every built form has a number|
||Peter Raynham, Chris Jackson – The big LED debate: Light Emitting Diodes can they save the planet.|
||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.|
||Link with Build ON project event in Vauxhall Ben Croxford presentation on solar domestic hot water systems|
||Link in with webcast event 2010 Imperative (archived webcast available)|
||Ivan Chan, Buro Happold: Case Study of a Liverpool School Ivan has been working on|
||Dr Ben Croxford: Gas appliances: a risky business|
||Dr Mark Barrett: Feeding the Leviathan, A low carbon diet for the UK|
||Professor Robert Lowe: Part L 2006 – goals, mechanisms, potential impacts|
Last updated: 2012 June 26, CD