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Building Services Engineering Management MSc

Course code

H300PSBLDSEM

Start date

January

September

No placement available

Mode of study

3 to 5 years distance learning

Fees

2019/20:

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

The Brunel Building Services Engineering Management MSc is designed to give professional engineers the technical, business and leadership skills they need to further their careers in the building services engineering sector.

Along with exploring the latest technological developments in the core subjects of heat transfer, energy conversion, electrical services, lighting design and health and safety, you’ll get a solid grounding in management essentials such as business operations and strategy, finance and accounting, facilities and contract management, and people management.

The course is taught as a three-to-five-year distance learning programme, which enables you to carry on working while building new skills in your own time and at your own pace.

This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which means that obtaining it will put you on course to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status in the UK. 

Whether you’re looking to move into management or to improve the managerial skills you already have, your Brunel postgraduate engineering degree will give you the knowledge and expertise to pursue your career opportunities to the fullest.

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Course content

This three-to-five-year distance learning programme enables building services engineers to develop the management and leadership skills needed to advance their careers, in their own time and while carrying on working. 

Work for your business services engineering management degree consists of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers. You can choose either a traditional or renewable specialism.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

Our graduates work in building services and construction-related consultancies such as Hoare Lea, Arup, BuroHappold, AECOM, Cundall, BRE, ChapmanBDSP, Atkins, WSP Group, Faber Maunsell and Hilson Moran.

Other employers include county councils within their building management and environmental departments, EDF Energy, Skanska, Trend Control Systems and Honeywell Control Systems.

You can also progress to academic research.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, appropriate science, or technology subject. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

Entry to this programme requires all students who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and have temporary immigration permission to remain in the UK to obtain an ATAS certificate. If you are made an offer to join this course and you are not an EEA national, you will be required to obtain an ATAS certificate as a condition of your offer.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Distance learning students are supplied with a study pack of text books and CD-ROMs. You will have assignments to submit and exams to sit each year. Examinations are held in May and can be taken either at Brunel University or in the country where you live.

You have up to five years to complete the course, though the average is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and writing their dissertation in the third year.

You should allow for about twelve hours of study each week.

We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council offices) throughout the world that will provide invigilation services. The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility.

Should you need any non-academic support during your studies at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by combinations of formal examination and written assignments. Examinations are normally sat in May or June.

Successful completion of the taught modules allows you to proceed to the dissertation stage. To qualify for the award of the MSc degree, you must submit a satisfactory dissertation.

MSc dissertation projects for distance learning students are normally carried out over one year.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.