Established in 1987, our MSc Light and Lighting (LL) at the UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies is Europe's long-standing specialist graduate lighting course and attracts participants with diverse backgrounds in architecture, interior design, industrial design, various engineering disciplines, science, arts and theatre subjects. Students are drawn from around the world, though predominantly from the UK, and many study part-time while employed in some element of the lighting profession and industries.
At your disposal, our programme houses the Lighting Simulator, an advanced sunlight and daylight modelling facility, employing both computer simulation and a sophisticated variable luminance artificial sky.
Teaching Programme Manager, send an email
Director: Kevin Mansfield
To obtain the MSc Light and Lighting, all students must successfully complete and pass 90 approved credits plus the dissertation. These 90 approved credits must contain a specified number of credits (at least 75) from the course curriculum, including all core modules of the course.
Students must have obtained in advance the approval of both their course director and the relevant module director in order to take any other modules.
Compulsory Core Modules
BENVGLG1 Lighting Fundamentals
Module tutor: Dr Stephen Cannon-Brookes
BENVGLG2 Lighting Applied Calculations
Module tutor: Peter Raynham
BENVGLG3 Lighting Research
BENVGLG4 Advanced Lighting Design
Terms 1 and 2
BENVGBE3 MSc LL Dissertation
Terms 2 and 3
BENVGLG5 Lighting Practice
Assessment: Unseen written examination
The MSc in Light and Lighting is taught through lecture/seminars supplemented by project design work. The course lasts one calendar year full-time or two calendar years part-time (flexible-modular) and commences in late September.
First year flexible-modular students take modules BENVGLG1, BENVGLG2 and BENVGLG4 while second year flexible-modular students take modules BENGLG3 and BENVGLG5. Full-time students take all modules.
BENVGLG1 Lighting Fundamentals deals with the human response to lighting, the fundamental definitions of the subject and lighting engineering calculations (both daylighting and electric lighting).
BENVGLG2 Lighting Applied Calculations deals with the application of engineering and mathematical models to the lit environment.
BENVGLG3 Lighting Research introduces research-based results and theoretical model-building in the human response to lighting and lighting engineering calculations.
BENVGLG4 Advanced Lighting Design consists of a set of focussed lighting design projects concerning the appraisal of lighting, luminaire (light fitting) design and a major design project covering all the issues involved in the integration of daylighting and electric lighting.
BENVGLG5 Lighting Practice covers material relevant to those who wish to practice as a lighting consultant and the legislative, contractual and technological constraints..
BENVGBE3 MSc LL Dissertation requires students following the MSc Lighting and Lighting to submit a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject agreed with the course director. In the past, some dissertations have been presented at the Society of Light and Lighting's Young Lighter of the Year competition and published in The Lighting Journal.
Examples of recent student dissertations include:
- Brightness-luminance relationships in real environments
- The convivial city: towards a strategy for dynamic urban lighting
- Lighting for ocean liners and city ships of the future
- A critique of Building Regulations Part L, in relation to lighting
- The development of a prototype lighting notation system
- Innovator or imitator: a critical review of Sir John Soane's mastery of daylighting
- Re-lighting post-war modern buildings
- Light, shadow and ambiguity
- Light in sacred buildings
- Luminance intensity and distribution of exterior LED screens
- Whiteness evaluation.
The Bartlett School of Architecture's Lighting Centre plays an active part in lighting research. Recent studies have investigated the human response to light patterns and their importance in lighting design, the development of user-friendly interfaces to sophisticated lighting visualisation software and site-specific studies of urban lighting strategies. Much of the research actively informs the teaching on the course.
Staff teaching on the programme currently include:
The course also benefits from presentations by experts within the profession to provide added depth, and course content is reviewed for relevance by senior practitioners in the lighting industry.
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.
The majority of past students have either continued to work in, or have gained employment in the lighting profession either in the lighting manufacturing industry or in lighting design.
A number of students have gone on to win international awards in the field of lighting, including the Light Play prize at the Total Lighting Show (2000), the RHS Silver Gilt Medal (2004) and Lighting Designer of the Year (2006). Several Light and Lighting graduates have received the Society of Light and Lighting's Young Lighters of the Year award - most recently in 2011.
Students have also used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.