Taught course

Light and Lighting

UCL - University College London · Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Bachelor's standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level.

For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the UCL Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

UCL offers one of the world's most comprehensive MSc's in Light and Lighting. We bring together the technical and creative sides of lighting design, offering an extensive package of knowledge and skills that are employed across the lighting industry. As a student you will learn how to design lighting as an integrated component of architecture, utilising exciting advances in science and technology whilst taking into consideration human responses to the lit environment.

As a student you will benefit from: 

  • A world leading, multidisciplinary learning environment. 
  • Studying in London – the world’s centre for architectural lighting. 
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including the Bartlett Lighting Simulator, an advanced sunlight and daylight modelling facility employing both computer simulation and a sophisticated variable luminance artificial sky.
  • Our Institute’s long-standing track-record of excellence in lighting research.
  • Our close ties with professional bodies and links with practices and manufacturers across the UK, providing regular inspiration for live projects.
  • An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity



Graduates of this programme have been able to demonstrate their ability in industry. Many of our alumni have been successful in gaining awards and prizes from around the world including Lighting Designer of the Year, and the Society of Light and Lighting's Young Lighters of the Year award.

This Masters is taught at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering in The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources – home to specialist institutes in energy, environmental design and engineering, resources and heritage. 

The Bartlett Faculty brings together specialisms required to research, design, construct and operate the built environment of the future.

The QS World University Rankings (2021) ranks The Bartlett, our faculty, as #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #2 in the World.The Bartlett’s research received the UK's most world-leading ratings for Built Environment research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


The programme has lectures and tutorials, complemented by project work. Modules are assessed through coursework such as essays and design projects, as well as written examinations. Students will complete a 10,000-word dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214