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Building Services Engineering Management MSc

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 business 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 Institute 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.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


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.

Compulsory modules

  • Building Heat Transfer and Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Services and Lighting Design
  • Acoustics, Fire, Lifts and Drainage
  • Engineering Finance and Accounting
  • Management of People in Engineering Activities
  • Organisation of Engineering Business
  • Management of Facilities and Engineering Contracts
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose one:

  • Energy Conversion Technologies
  • Renewable Energy Technologies

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Employability

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.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • 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.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

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.

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.

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 at the Brunel Language Centre.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

Some courses incur additional course related costs.

Distance learning students September 2019 and January 2020: £845 per 15 credit module, plus £3,380 for a 60 credit dissertation

Distance learning students January 2019: £815 per 15 credit module, plus £3,260 for a 60 credit dissertation

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).