Department profile

Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

University College London (UCL)
2019/20 edition

About Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources


The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources is home to UCL’s knowledge centres in energy, environmental design and engineering, resources, and heritage.

We bring together expertise on sustainability in the built environment - and beyond.

Our mission is to enable world-leading research with innovative and novel methodologies, and to educate the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.

Worldwide reputation

Our faculty, The Bartlett, has been ranked the number one in the world for architecture / built environment Subjects in the renowned QS World Rankings.

The Bartlett has the most world-leading research in its field in the UK, according to the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). In the latest exercise 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated 4* world-leading, with a further 35% recognised as 3* internationally excellent.

Postgraduate subjects


The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources is comprised of four world-class Institutes, providing the expert knowledge-base for our postgraduate study. As a student at you will benefit from the collaborative research and teaching of UCL Energy Institute, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

Career prospects


Our MSc and PhD programmes equip graduates with the tools needed for a career as sustainability leaders in a range of sectors; from big business to NGOs, national and local government to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Our Alumni now hold positions in prominent organisations, shaping sustainability and the built environment. These include EDF, HSBC, Ofgem, International Energy Agency, Arup, Atkins, Burrohappold, The National Trust, English Heritage, the Office of Public Works in Ireland, Historic England, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

“The MSc Environmental Design and Engineering supports students to move onto a variety of career paths backed by sound technical knowledge. In my case, it was a crucial career moment, which enabled my transition from architecture into environmental design and engineering."
Ricardo Moreira, Environmental Design and Engineering MSc Alumni, Managing Director at XCO2

"UCL’s Sustainable Heritage MSc was the first step on the route to a new career for me, after 17 years in finance. I’d long had an interest in old buildings, so it was a real boon, in amongst all the other projects and topics, to find myself studying environmental management strategies for historic houses with the person responsible for this area at the National Trust. He then agreed to mentor my dissertation, which centred on conservation heating at three National Trust properties, and from there I never really looked back.

"The dissertation opened the way for volunteering opportunities with the National Trust’s preventive conservation team, who have just taken me on as part of a two-year internship, under the joint supervision of ICON. If you’re interested in pursuing or furthering a career in heritage, whatever the field, UCL’s Sustainable Heritage MSc will provide you with the contacts and experience to get you on your way."
Hilary Jarvis, Sustainable Heritage MSc Alumni, Assistant Preventive Conservator, National Trust

Discover more about each programme’s career prospects on our website.

Student views

"As an international student studying at UCL, I have had the chance to experience a different style of education… students are engaged in strategic learning processes where they are allowed more space to explore the learning materials at hand themselves, trying different approaches to specific problems that suit them best."
Dean Gehusi, Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc Alumni

“Located in central London, The Bartlett offers a unique opportunity of personal and career development. The quality of teaching in the MSc is excellent, not only because of the world-leading academics, but also because of the well-known professionals from the industry often contributing to the course modules. In this multi-disciplinary environment, I realised by passion for research in building-related health issues.”
Lia Chatzidiakou, Environmental Design and Engineering MSc and PhD Alumni

Discover more of our student’s views on each programme on our website.

London life

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London is a diverse city, filled with international centres of culture and opportunity. Whatever your interests, London’s range of venues, museums, libraries, galleries will meet your needs.

London is also home to many of Europe’s leading built environment employers, and a laboratory for new ideas in design, planning, finance, development and sustainability. Our networks and contacts will allow you to make the most of this by engaging with a range of organisations and developing research or employment opportunities.

“What Boston is for medicine and Silicon Valley for IT, so London is for the built environment sector.”
Professor Alan Penn, Dean, The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.

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