Engineering students discussing models of buildings

BEng(Hons)

Building Services Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
HK10
Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Part-time
Programme leader:
Patrick O'Flynn
Key fact:
Get valuable experience from world leaders in building services and learn how to create the next generation of smart, sustainable buildings.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study building services engineering?

Buildings are becoming ever more complex and there is a high demand for technically inspired graduates who understand new technologies.

Building services professionals are at the forefront of innovation in architectural engineering, sustainability, energy efficiency, intelligent buildings and the latest building information modelling (BIM) software.

Why UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Building Services Engineering will teach you how to analyse and design the mechanical and electrical engineering aspects of buildings.

Learn from industry-experienced tutors and practising professionals who bring up-to-the-minute ideas from their active projects.  

Study environmental engineering, air and water systems, lighting, acoustics, electrical services, fire engineering, security engineering, IT systems and integrated smart technologies.

Explore buildings from around Bristol and use them as case studies for energy and usability analysis. Assess buildings that inspire and inform your work on day trips.  

Take part in practical activities in our well-equipped teaching laboratories, where you'll work alongside students from different disciplines in an approach reflecting industry.

Grow your network and learn with our professional partner organisations and student societies. Enhance your technical creativity and competency and develop the skills you need to succeed in your future career.

Where can it take me?

The UK is a world leader in building design and engineering and organisations such as Buro Happold, Arup and Atkins have sizable offices in Bristol and London.

You could find graduate opportunities with a multinational or with a smaller private practice.

Careers paths include consultancy, design engineering, specialist installation and maintenance contracting, and facilities or property management.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one 

You will study:

  • Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Principles (Building Engineering)
  • Investigating Structures
  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Building Physics and Services.

Year two

  • You will study:
  • Building Services Applications
  • Energy Transformations
  • Application of Mathematics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Procurement and Contract Practice
  • Sustainability and Energy Simulations.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Industrial Placement
  • Project Management (Work Based Learning).

Final year

You will study:

  • Interactive Systems and Comfort Control
  • Energy Management and Performance Evaluation
  • Mechanical Services
  • Design Project.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Dissertation
  • Low Carbon Building Services.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Most taught modules involve a programme of lectures with follow-on tutorials or seminars for smaller groups.

You may need to attend demonstrations and undertake practical investigations in the laboratories.

Several modules involve work-based learning in real-world settings like plant rooms and local buildings.

Learn from friendly teaching staff who actively engage in research and professional practice to make sure you know about the latest ideas and business drivers.

Find out about thermal performance and energy management, heating and cooling, lighting and electrical services, water, drainage and public health.

Get support to use computer-aided design (CAD) and modelling software in our IT labs. Receive valuable feedback on your work from students who are further ahead in their studies with the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) network.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals and guest lecturers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice. Join the CIBSE Young Engineers Network and meet inspiring professionals in the region.

Become a technically creative and competent graduate with the skills to succeed in a highly competitive industry.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
128%72%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
322%78%0%100%

Socialise and volunteer

Attend guest lectures, field trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in our Architecture Society.

Students in our Engineers without Borders society gain valuable experience volunteering on projects, including an energy management survey for Glastonbury Festival and a nature centre in Borneo.

Showcase your work

Showcase your work to family, friends and potential employers in the final year degree show.

Study time

You'll be expected to attend classes one day a week (usually 9am to 5pm) during the 12 weeks of term one (September to December) and the 12 weeks of term two (January to April).

We expect you to do an average of 12 hours a week of self-directed study.

Assessment

You should expect mix of coursework and exams, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers' value.

Examinations are held in January and May. Coursework is made up of essays, reports, surveys, design projects and teamwork. You can submit coursework online or by post.

We encourage you to do formative work like practice tests to prepare for assessments. This doesn't count towards your marks but the feedback you get will help you improve your performance.

We provide support for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
150%50%0%100%
246%51%3%100%
313%59%16%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Study facilities

Learn in a modern, well-equipped department facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

Attend model-making workshops and develop computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis and building information modelling (BIM) skills in integrated workshops.

Explore the environmental interaction with different materials in our in our wood, metal and concrete workshops.

Test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories with experienced technicians who support teaching and research.

Consider airflow and cooling, mechanical systems and water flow in our environmental services laboratory.   

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

The UK has a global reputation for building engineering design and many graduate employers have international development interests. You could go on to projects that are geographically as well as intellectually diverse.

You could work for a small private practice or a large multinational. Roles include consulting and design engineer, specialist installation and maintenance contractor and facilities or property manager.

You can also study for an MSc or post-graduate diploma. Many of our graduates do a master's degree as a full-time student, or part-time while working for their first employer. 

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

The honours degree is 360 credits in total. Part-time students study between 60 (15 credits x 4) and 90 (15 credits x 6) each year and pay for credits taken in that year.

As a part-time UK or EU student you may be entitled to a fees loan from the government.

Find more information on our part-time funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.

Entry requirements

For those that have a higher national certificate (HNC) or diploma (HND), a foundation in science or a foundation in FdSc or a foundation in engineering, please list the units that you are taking or have taken in your application.

If you don't meet the entry requirements we will consider you if you have other engineering qualifications plus relevant work experience.

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