Building Services MSc

Building Services MSc

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
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    Full-time: Over one year, Part-time: Two or three years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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    September and January

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Why study this programme?

Our dual accredited and well respected MSc Building Services course emphasises the application of modern, sustainable and energy efficient engineering systems in the context of the built environment. The programme is characterised by parallel themes of design and management of project work, complemented throughout by the drive towards sustainability and energy efficiency of engineering solutions. 

This MSc course is designed to encourage you to approach your academic and professional career as a creative, innovative manager and engineer. On graduation you will have the potential to contribute to significant advances in engineering and technological and social issues associated with the building engineering services industries.

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Entry Requirements

We accept an upper second class honours degree from Building Services Engineering disciplines however applicants with appropriate industry experience having lower qualifications or from related study themes deemed to be equivalent are considered subject to interview and successful completion of the additional modules.

Programme at a Glance

For the PGCert, three modules are undertaken including balancing module from a Level 3 option, Engineering Design Project and Facilities Management.

For the PGDip, three additional modules are undertaken including Project Management and two Level 4 optional modules.

For the MSc, Research Methods and a double module Dissertation are undertaken in addition to completion of the PGDip and PGCert modules.

Modules offered are; HVCA for Sustainable Buildings , Engineering Design Project Strategic Project Management Facilities Management, Sustainability in the Built Environment Sustainable Electrical Services , Research Methods and Dissertation.

MSc with Professional Placement

  • As above with an additional option (120 credits)
  • Professional Placement

MSc with Work Placement

  • As above with an additional option (60 credits)
  • Work Placement

Further Information

This MSc course is designed to encourage students to approach their academic and professional careers as creative and innovative managers and engineers and to ensure that the successful graduates will have potential to contribute to significant advances in engineering and technological and social issues associated with the building engineering services industries.



The Masters course helped to further my understanding in various aspects of building services – such as electrical design which is not part of my day to day role. The production of several reports and my Masters dissertation also allowed me to develop skills which I now use regularly, such as research methods and improved structuring and details within documents.

The course was important for my career progression as it will allow me to attain Chartered Engineer status and has ensured a greater competency in all aspects of my profession.

Since completing the MSc, I have become a partner in the Building Services Consultancy for which I work, and my responsibilities include the full design and specification of mechanical systems – for all types and sizes of buildings, surveying buildings and construction sites, and holding design team meetings.

Gavin Russell
Brentwood Design Partnership




International opportunities may include overseas field trip to Hong Kong and attendance to ASHRAE winter conference in USA.

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.

Our graduates are working at some of the UK prestigious and Blue chip companies such as Director at TACE, Manager at PBS Mechanical and Renewable Energy group. Zone Manager at Astra Zeneca, FM manager at Keel University.

Progression routes: PhD


How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Professional Accreditation

The MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and fulfils the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The application of sustainable Building Services Engineering is multi-disciplinary so you 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 a time of rapid technological advances, when the international community is aware of and sensitive to a range of environmental issues, you 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.

Why choose a placement?

Placements are as much about gaining an insight and understanding of the culture and language in the engineering profession as gaining technical skill and experience. You’ll have the opportunity to complete an MSc with a 38-40 weeks professional placement or an MSc with 10-15 weeks work placement in addition to the standard MSc programme.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. 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. Please take a look at our staff profiles for more information.

Darius Tabrizi
Hilal Kabbara
Dr. Eric Parr
Dr. Liben Jiang
Dr. Ing. Andrew Fsadni
Dr. Adebayo Oladapo

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