Building Services and Sustainable Engineering

Building Services and Sustainable Engineering BEng (Hons)

Learn how to apply modern, sustainable and energy-efficient engineering systems in built environments on a course that’s well-respected by the building services industry in the UK and beyond. You’ll graduate with the ability to analyse, evaluate and ultimately solve problems associated with the built environment and building services engineering after studying areas including engineering services systems, controls and plant, energy efficiency and sustainable design, and project, resource and energy management.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years, Sandwich: four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston; Partner Institutions (Hong Kong) (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • You will learn how to apply modern, sustainable and energy-efficient engineering systems in built environments.
  • The course is a good start for engineers wanting to continue their academic development by studying a higher degree and/or other professional qualifications.
  • This course is accredited by CIBSE, preparing you to gain Chartered Engineering (CEng) status and is also delivered and validated by us in Hong Kong, VTC.

Course Overview

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Analysis (30 credits)
  • Engineering Design (30 credits)
  • Engineering Science (30 credits)
  • Building Services Engineering Fundamentals (30 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules:

  • Electrical Supply and Distribution (20 credits)
  • Mechanical Services Design (20 credits)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2 (20 credits)
  • Computing (CAD) (20 credits)
  • Design Project 2 (10 credits)  
  • Engineering Analysis 3 (10 credits)
  • Lighting Installations and Design (10 credits)
  • Civil Engineering Contract Law (10 credits)



Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules (80 credits):

  • Systems Design (20 credits)
  • Plant and Maintenance (20 credits)
  • Engineering Dissertation (20 credits)
  • Design Project 3 (20 credits)

Optional modules (40 credits):

  • Project Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental & Safety Law (10 credits) 
  • Strategic Management in the Built Environment (10 credits) 
  • Intelligent Buildings (20 credits)
  • Alternative Energy Technology (20 credits)
  • Engineering Analysis 4 (10 credits)                    

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 96 UCAS Points including Maths.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction to include Maths modules.
Pass Access Course: 96 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL in Maths
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English grade C/4

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Further Information

People spend the major part of their lives inside buildings which provide them with an environment that is liveable and comfortable. While the weather may fluctuate to the extreme limits of high and low climatic conditions, the building indoor, albeit at the expense of energy, is kept within comfortable thermal, aural and visual conditions.

It is estimated that 40% of a nation’s energy expenditure takes place in keeping the indoor condition healthy, comfortable, safe and productive.

In recent years the detection of global warming trend and the realisation that the fossil fuels, the traditional sources of energy, have been depleting at very fast rates, have posed mankind to the challenge of the era that the civilisation has to consider sustainability issues seriously. Traditionally, Building Services Engineers have been concerned with the design of healthy and comfortable indoor environment and issues of energy uses. The challenge of the era entails the Engineer to apply their knowledge to ensure that engineering solutions lead to a sustainable design.

Building Services and sustainable engineering students

The course is a good start for engineers wanting to continue their academic development by studying a higher degree and/or other professional qualifications.

Our Building services degree provides a useful overview of the whole sector. The Building Services and Sustainable Engineering programme leads to the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in Building Services and Sustainable Engineering. The level of education provided by the programme is appropriate to those students who will eventually hold senior positions with consultants or contractors engaged in the building services engineering and energy management or with technical departments of government and semi-government institutions where building energy management is a major concern. Throughout the programme emphasis will be placed on self-motivation, critical thinking and developing analytical depth. The BEng (Hons) course emphasises the application of modern, sustainable and energy efficient Engineering systems in the context of the Built Environment.

Part-time students already working in the industry leave our course with a competitive edge and full membership of professional bodies. Full-time students go on to find careers in consultancy, design, contracting, project management and maintenance, team leading, and research and development with local authorities, manufacturers and equipment suppliers.

The application of sustainable Building Services Engineering is multi-disciplinary and it is envisaged that, as in the professional world, students will carry out project work, which will facilitate dialogue between the Engineer and other members of the design and management team. It is the development of novel technological and engineering solutions within the often contradictory constraints of sustainability, safety, economy and energy efficiency, and the law which pose the challenge in the course.

In the past, Building Services Engineering education often centred on practical engineering analysis and training, however this focus is now changing in the light of the requirements for sustainability and energy efficiency in all that we do. This course will promote the need to question accepted wisdom to provoke independent critical thought. In a time of rapid technological advances, when the international community is aware of and sensitive to a range of environmental issues, students will gain sufficient understanding of current developments and their underpinning technology to analyse and offer solutions to the problems faced by today’s engineers in the fields of Building Services and associated engineering disciplines.

As a result students will find that the programme is now characterised by parallel themes of design and management of project work, complemented throughout by the drive towards sustainability and energy efficiency of engineering solutions. The management theme will develop the student capabilities as a project manager, whilst the project modules will provide scope for integrative studies on practical engineering and design situations.

The course team supporting the teaching and learning consists of academically and professionally qualified engineers. As well as teaching and learning activities, they are engaged in Scholarly Activities, Knowledge Transfer and Academic Research.

Due to the nature of Building Services and Sustainable Engineering work the course has been designed to take advantage of the expertise of the staff in the School. The modules you will be taking reflect many years of development and reflect the current practice of Building Services and Sustainable Engineering in the UK. However, as far as SHAPE tutors are concerned, the well qualified and experienced tutors with their extensive local knowledge of the industry in Hong Kong will enhance the course which will reflect local practice and custom. Therefore it is expected that module delivery will be provided in the local Hong Kong context while at the same time meeting the learning outcomes of the programme and individual modules.

Richard Gordon

Nick Thomas

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

We have links with Design Consultancies and local contractors as well as smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Depending on the learning outcomes and the nature of the module the assessment strategies can be:

  • By completion of assignments and problem based examinations in the engineering and related modules throughout the programme.
  • By presentations, design based projects.
  • By student presentations, group work, design projects, dissertation, examination.

Fluid and Thermo Dynamics Laboratory

Engineering Innovation Centre



As a full-time student you’ll be encouraged to spend an optional 48-week sandwich placement in the industry (between Year 2 and 3) in roles such as CAD operator or draughts-person. Using the optional placement year furthers your professional knowledge and increases your employability.

Our course is delivered and validated by UCLan at universities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Athens. Students may have the opportunity for overseas trips – in recent years we have taken students to Hong Kong for a week on exchange and also to the ASHRAE conference in the United States.

A concrete design experience as well as operation and maintenance, can boost your opportunities for career development, whichever qualification route is followed. With the arrival of the new sustainable building design concepts such as intelligent buildings, natural lighting design and renewables, new career opportunities can open up for alternative specialisms. 

Professional Accreditation

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Energy Institute (EI).

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.