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Building Services Engineering

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the Built Environment subject page.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Architecture and the Built Environment
One year full-time
September start, full-time
Programme leader:
Fabia Jeddere-Fisher
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 13 December 2018


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 course has been created to provide a route through which STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 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.



You will study:

  • 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.
  • Environmental Engineering Research - researching the context of exploring the effective and efficient use of resources and emerging technologies.
  • 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.

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.


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

See our full glossary of assessment terms.



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:

  • access environmental physics and acoustics laboratories, model making workshops, and dedicated computer modelling suite.
  • study and collaborate on group assignments in project rooms and open plan study hubs.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


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.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)625
International-Full Time-Award Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1083
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee13000
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1083

Further information

The MSc is eligible for the post graduate loan

SLC course code: 782315

Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 


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).

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.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications

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