M.Sc. On Campus

Smart Energy and the Built Environment

12 months
28500 GBP/year
14300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Gain the skills to be at the forefront of the smart energy revolution and lead transformation to a sustainable global energy system with the Smart Energy and the Built Environment program at University College London (UCL).


The Smart Energy and the Built Environment program at University College London (UCL)  is developed to provide knowledge on the value of smart energy in the built environment and the wider system. It is also designed to provide the skills to take on the challenges we face. The programme brings together both 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, the Internet of Things (IoT), storage and energy market design.  


There has been significant global investment into smart energy systems, low carbon technologies, novel strategies to manage energy demand, and the integration generation and storage into the fabric of the built environment. These are supported by rapid advancements in digital technologies that are set to making systems more connected, intelligent and reliable. To design and commission these systems highly skilled specialists are required, with a deep understanding of the nature of energy demand in the built environment.

Smart Energy in the Built Environment MSc is designed to equip you with a variety of necessary skills for a career in:

  • Energy consultancies 
  • Public sector
  • NGOs
  • Energy start-ups 
  • Institutions which value expertise in energy and the built environment. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data Analytics in the Smart Built Environment 
  • Social Value and New Energy Business Models
  • Systems Thinking and System Dynamics 
  • Eco-innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship 
  • UK Energy and Environment Policy and Law 
  • Industrial Symbiosis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK: £7,150 (PT)
  • Overseas: £14,250 (PT)

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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