Taught course

Low Energy Building Services Engineering

Loughborough University · School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

As a graduate of our MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering degree, you will gain a holistic understanding of the principles of low energy building and building services design, and will be able to contribute to the global transition to a future low energy built environment.

If you're looking to undertake a master’s in building services engineering, then our MSc in Low Energy Building Services Engineering might be just what you're looking for. This degree will develop your understanding of: human thermal comfort and the need for indoor air quality - the principles of low energy building design - the design of building air conditioning systems - the buildings energy supply systems, including electrical and district energy systems - the control of low energy buildings – the theory and use of computer modelling and simulation in predicting building performance - the capture of design knowledge using 3D Building Information Modelling - and research methods and data analysis.

If you choose to study this MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering degree, you'll learn through a carefully balanced combination of lectures, in-class guided workshops, hands-on laboratory experiments, site visits, computer modelling and independent research, the content being delivered by experts in the field. Part time students may base their research projects on particular needs of their current employer.

This master's degree is accredited by both the UK Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI), for professional registration as a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng). The course has extensive support from industry and they provide prizes and placement for our students.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has an international reputation, close links with industry and UK professional organisations, and has delivered programmes in Building Services Engineering for over 40 years.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked 1st for ‘Research Environment’ in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning in the latest UK Government Research Excellence Framework.

During your studies, you will gain access to 3000m2 of unrivalled laboratory and field-scale facilities that enable world-class research to be conducted. Our suite of full-scale test houses are unique in providing a ‘matched pair’ capability that allows high-quality comparative testing of home energy efficiency interventions. In the laboratory, a controllable environmental room combined with laser-based velocimetry equipment and heated breathing manikin allows investigations of the airflows around humans in rooms and the implications for inhaled air quality and thermal comfort for a range of ventilation options. A ‘salt bath’ water tank enables airflows through buildings to be visualised and a large scale indoor solar simulator can be used for testing the solar collection performance of new concepts for renewable energy collection by buildings. There is an experimental heat pump, heat transfer, pressure loss, corrosions for HVAC pipework. There are many questions about moisture flows in buildings, and our newly-completed hygrothermal chambers allow investigation of heat and moisture transfer through building structures. These large-scale facilities are complimented by a suite of workshops and supported by a team of technicians trained in wood-work, plastics, metal-work, mechanical systems and electronics.

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering degree is designed for graduates with an interest in building services engineering, and with backgrounds in Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Maths and Architecture who would like to learn about zero energy, HVAC, renewable systems, heat recovery, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and simulation of low energy buildings.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 - 60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222637