UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Built Environment (Heritage Science)

This interdisciplinary programme takes the approach of teaching 'hard' science subjects by taking cultural heritage as its context. Students develop an holistic knowledge and scientific understanding of heritage objects, buildings and sites in the context of their historical, artistic, material, social and cultural environment. They question and reflect on research in the light of broader societal and environmental issues.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For applicants without a 1st degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set.

Course modules

Core modules: the built environment: the energy context; health and comfort in buildings; building solar design; natural and mechanical ventilation of buildings; efficient building service systems; methods of environmental analysis. Optional modules: the control of noise; advanced building simulation; the lit environment; energy systems modelling; environmental masterplanning; industrial symbiosis; low energy housing retrofit; social dimensions of sustainability; low carbon, energy supply systems; smart energy systems implementation; post occupancy evaluation of buildings; multi-objective design optimisation; introduction to system dynamics modelling in the built environment; sustainable building construction methods; healthy buildings: methods of environmental assessment.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive seminars, individual and group tutorials, site visits and a residential field trip. Assessment is through unseen examination, coursework, and the built environment report. Joint coursework, including two major low-energy architectural design projects, is carried out by students in multi-disciplinary teams.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,550 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,550 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,550 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 20,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,550 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Variable September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Variable September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

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Programme Administrator
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020 3108 9945