Taught course

Smart Energy and the Built Environment

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

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Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (for example physics, engineering, mathematics, geography, psychology, social science, architecture, planning or economics) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants with a different degree discipline but a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience are welcome to apply and will be assessed on an individual basis.

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: Good.

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

A new relationship between how we produce, supply and consume energy in our buildings is required to transform global energy systems and reduce carbon emissions. UCL’s new interdisciplinary Smart Energy and the Built Environment MSc (SEBE) will train you to be at the forefront of this revolution in energy and the built environment.

This Master’s will provide you with an understanding of the energy system, its smart, flexible operation, and the role of the built environment in this. You will learn the fundamentals of this field through physical, social and data-driven approaches. You will develop an understanding of the opportunities for business, and you will be able to support policy making in the transition to a net zero carbon energy system. Industry experts will be invited to give guest lectures to ground your learning in real world application as well as to keep you up-to-date with the latest in the field.

We aim to support you to develop an exciting career and make an impact by reducing carbon emissions and enhance the quality of life of building occupants. The programme brings together physical and social perspectives of energy demand and supply. This will help you understand how the sociotechnical system of local energy can be designed and commissioned to deliver effective policies and economic priorities. You will learn how key components of a smart energy system work, integrate and interact with energy policy and business opportunities, including building energy efficiency, renewable energy, decentralisation, Internet of Things (IoT), storage and energy market design.

UCL Energy Institute is part of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources – home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage. The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

The QS World University Rankings (2020) ranks The Bartlett, as #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the World. The Bartlett’s research received the most world-leading ratings for research on the Built Environment in the UK 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
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


Lectures, seminars and online content are complemented by a strong emphasis on learning by doing: applying knowledge to case studies and problems in workshops and tutorials. Assessment includes written examination, presentations, and written reports in the styles of academic papers, policy recommendations and a consultancy report.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214