With links to leading architectural and engineering groups here in London and around the world, and powerful networks within The Bartlett, UCL and our own alumni, we’re putting fresh minds at the forefront of environmental building design.
Established almost 40 years ago, before many in the built environment field were even aware of greenhouse gases, the MSc EDE has produced a stream of high-achieving graduates, sought after by the biggest names in building design and the construction industry. We attract students from across the globe eager to find positions here in London or to take relevant, cutting-edge thinking about sustainable building design, energy use and building-related health issues back to their own part of the world.
The course is geared towards professional people looking to develop their careers in the direction of environmental design and engineering, although we also attract recent graduates in architecture, engineering, physics and other built environment-related subjects. After a first term of compulsory modules, students have a wide range of optional modules open to them in Term 2, on subjects ranging from smart energy systems and building simulation software to noise control and lighting design.
Every year, we adapt the programme to meet the needs of our new intake, drawing on the connections and active exchange we enjoy with alumni in senior positions at leading companies and consultancies.
We are based within The Bartlett, one of the world’s leading faculties of the built environment, giving us vital access to unrivalled knowledge and experience from dozens of scientific and professional specialisms. The Bartlett, in turn, is a faculty of UCL, one of the world’s top universities, and located in the heart of London, a recognised centre in the development of environmental design and engineering.
Work that is done here matters; if it didn’t, we couldn’t have won two successive EPSRC Platform Grants. Come and be part of it.
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:
UCL Institute 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
To find out more, get in touch.
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
|Tuesday (10:00-13:00)||BENVGEE1||Built Environment: The Energy Eontext||
Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment
Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
||Methods of Environmental Analysis||
|Week 3 Only||
IES Computing Week
||Building Simulation Software Learning Week||
January - March term 2017
||BENVGEE3||Building Solar Design||
||BENVGEE6||Efficient Building Services Systems||
Optional modules (January-March term 2017)
Optional modules are subject to availability.
Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling in the Built Environment
|BENVGEEX||Low Carbon, Low Energy System Design||
Aurore Julien/Ian Hamilton
|Wednesday (10:00-13:00)||BENVGEED||Energy Systems Modelling||
|Wednesday (10:00-13:00)||BENVGEEA||Advanced Building Simulation||
Smart Energy Systems
Post Occupancy Evaluation
Carrie Behar/Ben Croxford
Low Energy Housing Retrofit
Sofie Pelsmakers/Ben Croxford
|Thursday (14:00-17:00)||BENVGEE8||Building Acoustics||
Light, Lighting and Vision in Buildings
Multi Objective Design Optimisation
Fred Labbe/Hector Altamirano
April - September term 2017
Titles of past MSc EDE dissertations can be found here.
A residential visit to the Centre for Alternative
Technology, Machynlleth, Wales takes place each year in October/November.
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.
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
BENVGEE1 Built Environment: the Energy Context
Module Tutor: Dr Ben Croxford
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.
Deals with the health and comfort of occupants of buildings, and considers the cause, alleviation and possible cure of unhealthy buildings.
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
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
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
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 Tutors: Aurore Julien and Ian Hamilton
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.
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.
BENVGEEX Low carbon energy supply system design for buildings and neighbourhoods
Module Tutors: Aurore Julien and Ian Hamilton
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.
BENVGEEP: Post Occupancy Evaluation
Module tutors: Dr Ben Croxford and Carrie Behar
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
BENVGEEM: Multi-Objective Design Optimisation
Module tutors: Dr Hector Altamirano-Medina and Fred Labbe
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 Zimmerman
This module will teach system dynamics modelling
while focusing on aspects relevant to the built environment. Several
applications, simulation analyses and a management game will be
included, with the use of the software Vensim to support the design and analysis of complex systems. Concrete applications comprise the Green Deal, Urban Dynamics, and else.
BENVGBE1 Environmental Design and Engineering Dissertation
Assessment: Dissertation (10,000 words)
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.
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
Module tutor: Building Acoustics
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
Module tutor: Environmental Masterplanning; Low Carbon Energy Supply System Design for Buildings and Neighbourhoods
Module tutor: Multi Objective Design Optimisation
Professor Tadj Oreszczyn
Module tutor: Built Environment: The Energy Context
View Tadj's profile
Module tutor: Low Energy Housing Retrofit
Peter Raynham - Senior lecturer
Module tutor: Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings
View Peter's profile
Architectural tutor: Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
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.
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 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.
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.
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
|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
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"|
||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|
||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|