Engineering students discussing models of buildings


Building Services Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Three years
Programme leader:
Patrick O'Flynn
Key fact:
Learn how to create the next generation of smart, sustainable and energy efficient buildings and gain valuable experience from the world leaders in building services.

Page last updated 11 September 2017


Why BEng(Hons) Building Services Engineering?

Buildings are becoming ever more complex and as a result, there is a high demand for technically inspired graduates who understand the best ways to use new technologies in their creation. Building services professionals are at the forefront of innovation in a number of areas: architectural engineering, sustainability, energy efficiency, intelligent buildings and the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) modelling software.

Why study our course?

BEng(Hons) Building Services Engineering at UWE Bristol will teach you how to analyse and design the mechanical and electrical engineering aspects of buildings. Topics covered include environmental engineering, air and water systems, lighting, acoustics, electrical services, fire engineering, security engineering, IT systems and integrated smart technologies. As well as enhancing your technical creativity and competency, you will develop the necessary skills to succeed in a highly competitive business world.

Real world experience

Learning from industry-experienced tutors, your studies will draw on a variety of real world sources. You will use buildings from around Bristol as case studies for energy and usability analysis. To inspire and inform your work, you will go out to assess buildings on day trips. You will also take part in a range of practical activities in our well-equipped teaching laboratories where you will work alongside students from a broad range of disciplines in a collaborative approach reflecting industry. There will be an opportunity to network and learn, with a choice of professional organisations and student societies.

Where it can take you

The UK is a world leader in building design and engineering and large multi-nationals, including Buro Happold, Arup and Atkins have sizable offices in Bristol and London. Graduate opportunities are available with these companies, as well as smaller private practices. Careers include those in consultancy, design engineering, specialist installation and maintenance contracting, and facilities or property management.

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Building Services Engineering involves the analysis and design of the engineering aspects of building envelopes and their engineering services. This includes thermal performance and energy management, heating and cooling, lighting and electrical services, water, drainage and public health.

This course recognises that building engineers must work closely in teams in a commercial environment and must have knowledge of a complex, diverse industry that presents some challenging issues and thorny decisions.

As well as helping you become technically creative and competent, we will also help you develop the skills necessary for success in a highly competitive business world.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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 the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will study one optional module from the list below:

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

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will study one optional module from the list below:

  • 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.

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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.


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.

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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 / 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.


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


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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