Low Energy Building Services Engineering MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
2-5 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the UK for Building Engineering

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As graduates of our Low Energy Building Services Engineering MSc programme, 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.

The MSc programme content will develop an 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.

Students 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. The programme 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.

What makes this programme different?

  • Access to 3000m2 of unrivalled laboratory and field-scale facilities
  • Suite of full-scale test house
  • A Department with over 40 years of heritage

Who should study this programme

The MSc in Low Energy Building Services Engineering is designed for new graduates and built environment professionals who wish to develop their careers in the design of low energy buildings and building services systems.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in engineering, science, mathematics, or a discipline related to building services engineering. Other qualifications supplemented with relevant industrial experience will also be considered.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here.
IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

The modules on our Low Energy Building Services Engineering MSc are designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the design of mechanical building services systems, the design and operation of buildings, and building thermal comfort


This programme covers a wide range of topics; delivered in eight taught modules, 15 credits each together with research dissertation.

Compulsory modules

The module explores the key principles and practice involved in the design of the indoor environment for diverse international contexts. The module focus on occupant thermal comfort, visual and acoustic comfort and air quality in all types of buildings. The students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence human productivity, indoor air quality, and their impact on people’s wellbeing in buildings worldwide.

Good design of heating system requires a good understanding of building thermal load. The students will analyse building thermal load, learn the design of different air distribution systems with detailed analytics techniques designed to tackle complex psychrometric analysis of HVAC systems.

The principals and practical design and analysis of air condition systems, district heating, CHP and systems for heat recovery are discussed. The module covers the latest innovation in Building Renewable systems, Heat networks generation, storage and thermal load distribution in buildings. The latest low energy supply systems and their operation using integrated low temperature are presented.

This module focuses on the current issues of improving human thermal comfort and building energy use through automatic control, smart meters and control strategies applied to a wide range of buildings worldwide. The students will be able to evaluate and apply the latest procedures used for the commissioning of building energy systems, Soft landings and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE). The latest remotely controlled sensors, outstations and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) are demonstrated.

The key principles of electrical and power distribution systems in building including renewable systems are covered. The students will be able to assess the building electrical power systems for various design of HVAC and associated related equipment. Balancing the building electrical load and the renewable generation and storage will be discussed and appropriate methods for reducing the energy demand will be explored.

The principles and key areas of the building design for passive house, low and zero energy will be covered in details. Students learn about the complex role of the architect and energy consultant in building design and the multidisciplinary aspect of the concept design. This module provides the requisite training and preparation for students to become a BREEAM Accredited Graduate.

Building energy modelling is used widely in research and consultancy and for a range of different clients and purposes. However, the question of how well these models represent reality is sometimes ignored and is often misunderstood. This module will introduce students to different modelling techniques, including 3D BIM, help them to discover the underlying methods, and guide them in choosing appropriate modelling tools with awareness of their limitations.

This module enhances students’ skills in communicating research ideas and building performance using wide range of media. Students learn how to use online literature databases, formulate research proposals, review any literature by critical constructive synthesis and make oral presentations. The students will be able design and carry out field studies and simulation exercises to assess particular aspects of building performance.

The Research Dissertation in Building Performance area will be carried out throughout the year and is based on individual projects. It provides an opportunity to study a particularly interesting aspect of energy and building performance in depth with close supervision from experts in the field. Students have undertaken full-scale trials, conducted monitoring and questionnaire studies in buildings across the campus, run laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art equipment and applied novel energy modelling tools. The research is often aligned with our large collaborative research projects and the best work is published in conferences or academic journals.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a combination of written exams, coursework, presentations and assignments.

How you'll study

Independent study
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our Low Energy Building Services Engineering programme is designed to develop specialist knowledge, skills and expertise in building performance and services with a focus on energy and related areas. Many companies visit the university to deliver lectures to our MSc students providing ideal opportunities for students to discuss employment prospects.

Graduate destinations

Previous students have gone on to work for leading consulting engineering companies such as Arup, Pick Everard, Hoare Lea, Cundall, Foster & Partners, and Atkins. Some of these companies offer work placements for students to undertake their research dissertations.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
  • Communicate effectively, graphically and in writing
  • Communicate effectively, orally
  • Use information technology (IT), such as word-processors, spreadsheets, presentation packages, email and the world-wide web
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills, including problems where information is limited, contradictory and/or unreliable
  • Demonstrate numeracy, mathematical skills, and computational skills
  • Undertake a critical appraisal of their work
  • Undertake a critical appraisal of the work of their peers
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Manage workloads and time effectively

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our academics

Dr Richard Buswell

Reader in Building Energy Systems

Richard's research experience is in the management and installation of Building Services systems, modelling energy and processes.

Professor John Mardaljevic

Professor of Building Daylight Modelling

Since 2012 and has specialist knowledge of daylight modelling/simulation, climate-based daylight metrics, non-visual effects of light.