Building Services and Sustainable Engineering

Building Services and Sustainable Engineering MEng (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: 4 Years; Part Time: 6 Years; Sandwich: 5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    MEng (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    (Campus code: U)

  • 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.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • ER1010  Engineering Analysis (30)
  • ER1020  Engineering Design (30)
  • ER1030  Engineering Science (30)
  • ER1431  Building Services Engineering (30)

Year 2

  • NT2053 Electrical Supply and Distribution (20)
  • NT2054 Mechanical Services Design(20)
  • NT2055 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (20)
  • NT2066 Computing (CAD) (20)
  • NT2059 Design Project 2 (10)
  • NT2060 Engineering Analysis 3 (10)
  • NT2062 Lighting Installation and Design (10)
  • BN2505 Civil Engineering Contract Law (10)

Optional Module            

  • BN2830 Industrial placement (120 notional)

Year 3

  • NT3036 Systems Design (20)
  • NT3037 Plant and Maintenance (20)
  • NT3038 Design Project 3 (20)
  • NT3048 Engineering Dissertation (20)

Optional Modules

  • NT3040 Engineering Analysis 4 (10)
  • BN3010 Project Management (20)
  • NT3039 Environment & Safety Law (10)
  • NT3042 Intelligent Buildings (20)
  • NT3046 Alternative Energy Technology (20)

Year 4

  • NT4021 HVAC Design for Sustainable Environment (20)
  • NT4025 Sustainable Electrical Services and Lighting (20)
  • NT4035 Carbon Management and Policy (20)
  • NT4023 Engineering Design Project (20)
  • BN4502 Integrated Project (40)

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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 112 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: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction* to include Maths modules.
Pass Access Course: 112 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

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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Course information

The course emphasises on sustainable Building Services design and management. 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.

Industry Links

Since 1988 the course enjoys a strong relationship with the industry mainly around the Lancashire, Merseyside and Manchester areas; Consultants, contractors, suppliers and maintenance management companies contribute to the course through seminars, guest lecturing and course development. The course team is in constant communication with formal industrial panel regarding course development to keep up with new technologies, innovations and practices.

Professional qualifications

This degree programme is not currently accredited. The university will be applying for accreditation of this degree programme from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) upon completion of the first graduating cohort of students.


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.

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.

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.

Course Enquiries

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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.