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Building Services Engineering Management (Distance)

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
3 Years
Apply date
Jul 2023
Start date
Sep 2023

Program Description

Brunel's 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 distance learning programme over 3 years, which enables you to carry on working while building new skills in your own time and at your own pace.

Entry Requirements

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Course Content

This 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.

You can choose either a traditional or renewable specialism.


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 or in the country where you live.

You have up to three years to complete the course, 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.



Electrical Services and Lighting Design

This module aims to provide the essential appreciation and understanding of electrical services design in building services applications, with particular reference to safety requirements, and to explain and illustrate the principles of lighting design in building services applications.

Building Heat Transfer and Air Conditioning

This module aims to familiarise the students with principles of heat transfer, to develop the principles of building heat transfer, to examine the dynamic thermal behaviour of buildings, to reinforce and apply the principles of psychrometrics, and to provide an overview of the characteristics of air conditioning systems, design requirements and criteria for system selection.

Acoustics, Fire, Lifts and Drainage

This module aims to introduce the design principles of noise control, fire safety, public health and vertical transportation in buildings.

Management of Facilities and Engineering Contracts

This module aims to develop an understanding of the way in which assets and engineering contracts are managed within the business and legal framework.

Organisation of Engineering Business

This module aims to establish an appreciation of the structures of organisation, and to establish an appreciation of the tools used in effecting change within the building services engineering sector.

Engineering Finance and Accounting

This module aims to establish an appreciation of the procedures and tools used in managing engineering businesses, and to develop an awareness of the external factors affecting engineering businesses.


The dissertation aims for students to complete and report on a soundly executed and constructed programme of investigation, analysis and research containing original work.


Our graduates work in:

  • building services
  • 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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