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MSc

Building Services Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
HK111
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year full-time
Delivery:
September start, full-time
Programme leader:
Paul Kirby
Key fact:
A dual pathway conversion course that gives STEM students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career in building services engineering.

Page last updated 31 August 2017

Introduction

Building services engineers are responsible for the mechanical and electrical systems that contribute to people's comfort, health and productivity. They provide analytic and design skills to buildings of all scales and levels of complexity, from residential and commercial, to industrial and cultural.

With greater efficiency constantly being sought in the use of energy and materials (for environmental and economic reasons) there is a growing demand for a new generation of environmentally responsible buildings. Currently however, the field of architecture and engineering is facing a deficit of people with the right type of expertise.  In response, this full time Masters course has been created to provide a route through which STEM graduates (or people with relevant experience) can align their skills with the needs of the profession.

Building on your experience

The MSc Building Services Engineering is suitable for graduates with degrees in technological subjects (such as mechanical, aeronautical, civil and automotive engineering), or maths or science graduates. Graduates of the pure sciences will be recommended to enter the MSc course through the pathway offering some preparatory grounding in relevant technical subjects.

In developing the skills to practice as a building services professional, you will learn about the relevant technologies and methods of the discipline, and will be introduced to themes related to management and professional conduct within an engineering context.

Learning from industry

Input from industry practitioners as well as other interdisciplinary professionals is a key part of the course. Along with field trips to working sites, this will help you develop an understanding of how to apply the concepts and principles to real world situations and projects.

Through project work, group work, hands-on practice and theory, you will gain the skills needed to make a positive impact on the places where people live, study and work.

Structure

Content

Over the course of one year, you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mechanical Services: the specification and performance analysis of complex plant and systems in buildings.
  • Construction Procurement: an exploration and evaluation of strategies and methods for procuring construction.
  • Low Carbon Building Services: the analysis, evaluation and development of low energy strategies for buildings and their services.
  • Building Services Design Project: the development of innovative designs for cooling, ventilating, lighting and heating a given project building.
  • Building Engineering Research: researching the concept of 'Resource Efficiency', focussing for example on energy, materials or data.
  • Dissertation: an extended piece of research into an emerging building services technology. You will choose your dissertation topic, subject to it lying within the field of Building Services Engineering (and being agreed with the course team).

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

Building services engineering is concerned with creating the environment in which we live, in response, the course has been designed to equip students for hands-on problem solving in the real world.

Through a varied programme of both theory and practice, you will gain a solid understanding of the core principles along with the skills and confidence needed to apply them successfully.

Much of the teaching will focus around a studio-based engineering design project under the guidance and critique of your tutor. There will also be traditional teacher-led classroom delivery supported by online materials.

For more details, see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops, seminars, group project work and tutoring will make up approximately 12 contact hours a week. You will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours a week of self-directed study time.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment tools throughout the course, including exams, coursework, presentations, lab reports and portfolio development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Fieldwork

There will be a number of site visits embedded within the course to give you a greater understanding of the theory in practice.

Study facilities

The course is delivered in the department's modern, well-equipped facilities where you will be able to:

  • Have access to environmental physics and acoustics laboratories, model making workshops, and dedicated computer modelling suite.
  • Study and collaborate on group assignments in the faculty's project room and open plan study hubs.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

A career in building services engineering is likely to be varied, analytical and inventive. This Masters will equip you with the knowledge and experience needed to step into a wide range of roles, including Building Services Consulting Engineer, Mechanical Building Services Design Engineer, Sustainability Engineer and MEP Construction Engineer.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International-Full Time-Award Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1042

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042

Supplementary fee information

For information about funding for postgraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above, accredited by the Engineering Council, in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths subject.

We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant qualifications or professional experience. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications. We may advise such applicants to join the MSc Building Services Engineering (with Preparatory Studies).

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For this course, in the British Council International English Language Test (IELTS) we normally require an overall score of 6.5 and not less than 6.5 in each component.

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