About the course

This course is a part-time undergraduate course, BEng (Hons) - Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, giving an in-depth study of energy, building services, engineering, sustainability and management to help you shape the built environment of tomorrow.  It follows the same curriculum as the BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering which is taught at the Jordanstown campus in Northern Ireland.

The degree has been designed for innovative individuals with an interest in building services and renewable technologies. The programme aims to meet the increasing demand for skilled graduates with the expertise and knowledge to deliver energy conscious and environmentally sustainable solutions for buildings. Pioneering research shapes our teaching. Throughout the course you will explore a number of themes including energy, building services, engineering principles, sustainability and management.

You will study the design of heating and cooling systems for buildings, electrical and energy supply and use, and water supply and disposal. You will also examine the legislations that affect the built environment and the need for a radical and sustainable approach to building services if the environmental impact of existing/new buildings is to be dramatically reduced. Renewable energy systems are an increasing focus for the delivery of zero carbon energy and throughout the course you will explore the use and integration of these technologies.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has recognised the changing role of the building services engineer. New entrants in the field need to have a greater awareness of the total building concept through an integrated design approach. As a result, emerging specialist areas like building information modelling (BIM), design and simulation tools, façade engineering or green building design have opened up new potential employment opportunities.

Employability is embedded within the programme structure to ensure that what you study is relevant in a real-world context. The degree offers a route to professional status with excellent employment opportunities.  Our graduates have progressed to highly successful careers in various areas such as contracting, consulting, governmental and public authorities, facilities management, energy advice, education and many are successful entrepreneurs.

Entry Requirements

Applications must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements.

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Course content and teaching

Delivered by academic staff from Ulster University, each module is designed to develop your understanding of theoretical concepts. This will be complemented by case-study fieldwork.

The modules covered during the course

Year 1

  • Introduction to Architecture
  • BIM Basics
  • Energy and Environmental Systems
  • Environmental Services

Year 2

  • Communicating Sustainability
  • Engineering Mathematics 1A
  • Engineering Mathematics 1B
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Comfort
  • Introduction to Building Services

Year 3

  • Electrical Distribution Systems
  • Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Technologies
  • Mechanical Services Design

Year 4

  • Building Environmental Design
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Biomass & Bio-Energy

Year 5

  • Design Evaluation
  • Energy Economics and Management
  • Design
  • HVAC Systems

Year 6

  • Construction Management A
  • Dissertation
  • Green Building Design


The BEng (Hons) Energy and Building Services Engineering degree is a course of usually 6 years duration part-time.

The course is comprised of 360 credit points studied over 12 semesters, 60 credits studied each year.

Each credit point involves 10 hours of learning including directed and independent study.