UCL’s Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering MSc explores how digital engineering can create smarter buildings that are better for their occupants and the environment. Drawing upon our world-leading research and exploiting our strong industry connections, this Master’s provides you with the knowledge and skills to excel in relevant industry roles and academia.

About this degree

You will learn about integrated building design, advanced modelling and simulation, machine learning in buildings, and performance evaluation. Whilst studying Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering you will develop the expertise to utilise hard-edged engineering methods, quantitative and qualitative tools to test and evolve your designs, integrating quantitative performance considerations. This Master’s is informed by the latest research advances and the evolving needs of the industry.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years, Flexible: up to 5 years

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Engineered Environmental Elements (15 credits)
  • Building System Physics (15 credits)
  • Integrated Building Design for Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Building Systems Modelling (15 credits)
  • Integrated Building Systems Simulation (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning in Smart Buildings (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students choose two optional modules offered by the Department. An indicative list of optional modules (subject to availability and capacity constraints) is:

  • Indoor air quality in buildings (15 credits)
  • Light, lighting and wellbeing in buildings (15 credits)
  • Multi-objective design optimisation (15 credits)
  • Building acoustics (15 credits)
  • Low-energy housing retrofit (15 credits)
  • Advanced lighting control design (15 credits)
  • Mathematical modelling methods for the built environment (15 credits)
  • Energy systems modelling (15 credits)

Please note that all modules are subject to availability, and the approval of the relevant Programme Leader is required.

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

For further and the most up-to-date information about the programme structure please visit the UCL Prospectus website.

Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

Successful graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required for engineering and specialist roles in companies that provide engineering, design, planning and consulting services for the built environment.

Other sectors that will be particularly interested in employing graduates from this Master’s include:

  • Companies that specialise in building services engineering, operations, building controls and energy systems.
  • High-tech companies seeking to deliver disruptive solutions and digital innovation in the built environment.
  • Public sector agencies and government departments concerned with the built environment, resource efficiency, and energy management.

The programme also provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral and industrial research pathways.


You will gain core knowledge and hands-on experience with monitoring and energy management systems and applying industry standards. You will use simulation tools including EnergyPlus, DesignBuilder and will become familiar with modelling languages like Modelica. These skills are highly sought after.

Members of the industry provide guidance to ensure teaching content and project briefs are relevant to industry needs. We regularly invite members of industry to give guest lectures to enhance your learning experience.

You will gain the confidence to undertake large interdisciplinary projects with many unknowns and uncertainties, learning to coordinate work, integrate across disciplines, and make balanced decisions, thus preparing you for professional life.


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Entry Requirements

A second-class or higher UK Bachelor’s degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, is required.

International equivalent qualifications are considered, they can be found by selecting the relevant country from a drop down list in the entry requirements section of each programme page in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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