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Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering MSc

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. Join a new generation of leaders innovating the engineering, design and operation of integrated building systems.

The world is changing at a fast rate, and so are our buildings. Advances in digital tools for building performance analysis, and technological advances like the Internet of Things, provide unparalleled data and insights on how our buildings are designed and operated. As such we developed a programme that takes a forward-looking view on the impact of this digital transformation to the established discipline of Building Services Engineering, towards sustainable building design and operation

On this Master’s programme you’ll explore how digital engineering can lead to smarter buildings that are better for their occupants and the environment.

You’ll learn:

  • the scientific principles underpinning the way buildings and their systems are designed and operated
  • how building data are collected, processed and interpreted, including data analytics and applications of machine learning in buildings
  • to take an integrated perspective of a building’s form, systems and users – a prerequisite for effective operation
  • the factors affecting integrated building design in relation to sustainable operation

You’ll engage with industry experts to solve real-life problems, positioning yourself at the forefront of an emerging new discipline. And you’ll develop skills that are in short supply.

The world needs better buildings – can you help make that change?

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Who this course is for

This programme is primarily suitable for recent engineering graduates who possess a strong quantitative background and a keen interest in developing a deep understanding of novel modelling techniques and the functioning of building systems to drive engineering innovation and sustainability in the built environment. This highly technical programme is also relevant to early and mid-career professionals looking to expand their technical skills and knowledge and keep abreast of the latest developments in their field.

The foundation of your career

The digital transformation of our built environment is only just beginning, and engineering graduates possessing the knowledge and skills acquired on this programme will be in high demand.

With the Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering MSc you’ll be an ideal candidate for specialist roles in digitally focused companies that provide engineering, design, planning and consulting services.

Potential job titles might include:

  • Building Services Engineer
  • Smart Building Consultant
  • Building Energy Analyst
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Building Physics Engineer
  • Building Energy Performance Modeller
  • Building Systems Engineer
  • Facility and Operations Manager
  • Research Analyst (In low carbon buildings)
  • Energy Consultant
  • Digital Buildings Engineer


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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