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MSc Environmental Design & Engineering

Overview

This course develops relevant, innovative thinking about sustainable building design, energy use and building-related health issues to use in leading London and international roles.

First taught nearly 40 years ago, the MSc EDE is a world-leading programme that offers students from across the globe the chance to join a long list of high-achieving graduates sought after by the biggest names in design and construction.

The MSc EDE is geared towards professionals looking to enhance their careers in the direction of environmental design and engineering – although recent graduates in subjects such as architecture, engineering and physics have also recently benefitted from the programme.

Areas covered by the programme typically include smart energy systems, building simulation software, noise control and lighting design – but every year it is adapted to meet the needs of its intake, drawing on always-developing connections to expertise through the help of alumni in senior positions in academia and industry.

Why choose The Bartlett

We have:

  • links to leading local and international architectural and engineering groups
  • powerful networks across The Bartlett, one of the world’s leading faculties of the built environment, UCL, one of the world’s top universities, and our alumni
  • access to unrivalled scientific and professional knowledge and experience
  • a nearly 40 year track record of successful building design and construction industry graduates
  • a London location – a recognised centre in environmental design and engineering development

Who should apply

Professionals who want to develop their careers in the direction of environmental design and engineering, recent graduates in architecture, engineering, physics and other built environment-related subjects.

About the course

Term 1 consists of compulsory modules to provide a foundation of knowledge. Term 2 consists of optional modules – subjects to choose from include smart energy systems, building simulation software, noise control and lighting design.

Every year, we adapt the programme to reflect student needs and interests, utilising connections with alumni in senior positions at leading companies and consultancies.

Accreditation

This course has been accredited as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (Ceng) by the:

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

Affiliated Centres or Institutes

Our staff are very closely linked to several other groups both within The Bartlett and across UCL, in particular:

More information

Get in touch to find out more.

Structure

Teaching is primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 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.

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 2016

Teaching day Code Module Tutor
Tuesday (10:00-13:00) BENVGEE1 Built Environment: The Energy Context Ben Croxford
Tuesday (14:00-17:00)
 BENVGEE2 Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment
Marcella Ucci
Wednesday (10:00-13:00) BENVGEE4
Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd
Wednesday (14:00-17:00) BENVGEE7
Methods of Environmental Analysis Rokia Raslan
Week 3 Only IES Computing Week
Building Simulation Software Learning Week Sung-Min Hong

January - March term 2017

Teaching day Code Module Tutor
Tuesday (10:00-13:00)

BENVGEE3 Building Solar Design Hector Altamirano
 Wednesday (14:00-17:00)
 BENVGEE6 Efficient Building Services Systems Tim Dwyer

Optional modules (January-March term 2017)
Optional modules are subject to availability.

Teaching day Code Module Tutor
Tuesday
(14:00-17:00)
BENVGEEF Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
Clive Shrubsole
Tuesday
(14:00-17:00)
BENVGEEZ Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling in the Built Environment
Nici Zimmermann
Wednesday (10:00-13:00) BENVGEED Energy Systems Modelling Mark Barrett
Wednesday (10:00-13:00) BENVGEEA Advanced Building Simulation Dimitrios Rovas
Wednesday (10:00-13:00) BENVGEEB

Industrial Symbiosis

Teresa Domenech
Thursday (10:00-13:00)
BENVGEES
Smart Energy Systems
Catalina Spataru
Thursday
(10:00-13:00)
BENVGEEP Post Occupancy Evaluation
Carrie Behar/Ben Croxford
Thursday (10:00-13:00) BENVGEEE Low Energy Housing Retrofit
Ben Croxford
 Thursday (14:00-17:00) BENVGEE8 Building Acoustics Paul Bavister
Thursday (14:00-17:00)
BENVGEE5 Light, Lighting and Vision in Buildings
Peter Raynham
Thursday (14:00-17:00)
 BENVGEEM Multi Objective Design Optimisation
Fred Labbe/Hector Altamirano

April - September term 2017

Teaching day Code Module Tutor
BENVGBE1 Dissertation  


Dissertations

Titles of past MSc EDE dissertations can be found here.

Other events

A residential visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Wales takes place each year in October/November.

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

Notes

First-year part-time students take core modules BENVGEE1, BENVGEE2 and BENVGEE3 on Tuesdays, while second-year part-time students take core modules BENVGEE4, BENVGEE6 and BENVGEE7 on Wednesdays. In term 2 students choose 2 optional modules. For course content see Content tab. Optional modules are subject to availability.

Content

Content

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.

Term 1 Compulsory Modules

All compulsory modules are taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

BENVGEE1 Built Environment: the Energy Context
Module Tutor: Dr Ben Croxford
Assessment: Coursework

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, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment
Module Tutor: Dr Marcella Ucci
Assessment: Coursework

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 coursework and written examination

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.

BENVGEE7 Methods of Environmental Analysis
Module Tutors: Dr Anna Mavrogianni
Assessment: Coursework

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.

Term 2 Compulsory Modules

BENVGEE3 Building Solar Design
Module Tutors: Dr Hector Altamirano-Medina
Assessment: Group coursework and written examination

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.

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

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 Optional Modules (optional modules are subject to availability)

Students choose 2 optional modules which all run in Term 2. All are assessed through by a single piece of coursework.

BENVGEE8 Building Acoustics
Module Tutor: Paul Bavister

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.

BENVGEEA Advanced Building Simulation
Module Tutor: Dr Rokia Raslan

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 

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.

BENVGEED Environmental Systems Modelling
Module Tutors: Dr Catalina Spataru and Dr Mark Barrett

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: Sofie Pelsmakers

This module goes 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.

BENVGEEF Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
Module Tutor: Clive Shrubsole

This module will introduce students to the need for assessment of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and the implications for health. A range of airborne pollutants from indoor and outdoor sources will be explored. Students will gain a well-rounded background in pollutant source identification, pollutant modelling and monitoring and will learn the importance of taking into account IAQ in building design. A mixture of key topics will be covered. The module will contain a combination of theory, latest research, simulation modelling, practical equipment use and case studies. Course work will be based on simulation modelling and analysis of a case study.

BENVGEE5 Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings
Module Tutor: Peter Raynham

This module 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

The module 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.

BENVGEEP: Post Occupancy Evaluation
Module tutors: Dr Ben Croxford and Carrie Behar

This module aims to introduce students to concepts and practice of Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) focusing on building occupants. POE is an area of growing interest, and the understanding of how occupants perceive and use buildings is becoming more important in determining a building’s success. POE is now a requirement in the 2013 RIBA Plan of Work, and is also part of the BSRIA Soft Landings protocol for building handover.

BENVGEEM: Multi-Objective Design Optimisation
Module tutors: Dr Hector Altamirano-Medina and Fred Labbe

This module aims to introduce students to the concept and practice of Multi-Objective Design Optimisation (MODO), equip the students with a number of tools, including optimisation techniques and associated cutting edge parametric design tools. Critically the module also aims at developing practical skills on when and how to apply the different tools and techniques, and critically review the results.

BENVGEEZ Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling in the Built Environment
Module Tutor: Dr Nicole Zimmermann

This module will teach system dynamics modelling, a powerful method for the analysis and design of complex systems. System dynamics helps understand problems characterised by complexity, policy resistance and/or multiple stakeholder views. It will also help you design systems to account for the interaction of socio-technical aspects in the built environment. Several applications, simulation analyses and a management game will be included. Concrete cases comprise Heating, Ventilation and Rebound, Urban Dynamics, Project Management and else.

Term 3

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

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.  

Titles of MSc EDE dissertations from past years can be found here.

Staff

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
View Hector's profile

Professor Michael Davies
Module tutor: Built Environment: The Energy Context
View Michael's profile

Professor Dejan Mumovic
Module tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
View Dejan's profile

Dr Marcella Ucci - Lecturer
Module tutor: Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment
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

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

Professor Tim Dwyer
Module tutor: Efficient Building Services Systems

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

Dr Mark Barrett - Senior Lecturer
Module tutor: Energy Systems Modelling
View Mark's profile

Paul Bavister
Module tutor: Building Acoustics

Carrie Behar
Module tutor: Post Occupancy Evaluation

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

Professor Jake Hacker
View Jake's profile

Dr Ian Hamilton
Module tutor: Environmental Masterplanning
View Ian's profile

Dr Sung-Min Hong
Tutor: IES Computing Week
View Sung-Min's profile

Aurore Julien
Module tutor: Environmental Masterplanning; Low Carbon Energy Supply System Design for Buildings and Neighbourhoods

Fred Labbe
Module tutor: Multi Objective Design Optimisation

Professor Tadj Oreszczyn
Module tutor: Built Environment: The Energy Context
View Tadj's profile

Sofie Pelsmaker
Module tutor: Low Energy Housing Retrofit

Peter Raynham - Senior lecturer
Module tutor: Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings
View Peter's profile

Craig Robertson
Architectural tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings

Clive Shrubsole
Module tutor: Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
View Clive's profile

Dr Catalina Spataru
Module tutor: Smart Energy Systems: Theory, Practice and Implementation
View Catalina's profile

Dr Nici Zimmermann
Module tutor: Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling in the Built Environment
View Nici's profile

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).

Applying

Please read the prospectus page for this course, 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.

Opportunities

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)

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

Date
Event information
11 November 2015  IEDE Learn event: Seb Junemann
13 October 2015  BRI Special Edition Launch
 2015 June 10
 Edward Garrod, Elementa Consulting, "Wellness and the Workplace"
 2015 May 22
 EDE end of exams BBQ
 2015 May 13
 Judit Kimpian, AHR, "Getting Real about Building Performance"
 2015 April 16-17
 CIBSE Technical Symposium
 2015 11 March
 John Barbur, City University, "Glare"
 2015 11 February
 Marcella Ucci, "Healthy Buildings, Healthy People"
 2013 October 23
David C Penney spoke  about the latest developments in the research field around the subject of CO exposure and toxicity. His lively website is here.
 2012 August 21
Arabic speaking world focussed evening: EDEArabic: Karim Elgendy, editor of Carboun.
 2012 August 7
 Brazil focussed evening: Ricardo Moreira, CEO of XCO2 energy and ex-EDE talked about projects in Brazil that they are involved in
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
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