Course overview

Buildings are the world’s greatest energy users. We need architectural environment engineers to work at the forefront of creating a global low carbon future.

This course gives you the knowledge and skills to work alongside architects, influencing design of sustainable, smart buildings as well as structures like stadiums, water parks and indoor ski-slopes. You’ll learn all about renewable energy generation, smart controls, thermal comfort, acoustics and lighting design.

You’ll become an engineer that can make a difference – sharing your knowledge to improve global building performance and services.

Set within our mini-campus on University Park, you will have access to excellent facilities to support your studies and research. These include dedicated studio spaces, workshops and research labs equipped with the latest renewable energy technologies. 

You will spend year three in industry. You can apply for placements available to students on your course or can agree your own placement with an appropriate company. During your industrial year, you remain fully registered with the University, with regular meetings with your tutor.

This degree has three taught years meaning that you will only need to complete an additional year of further study if you want to become a chartered engineer. For some students, especially international students, the preferred route is to do our BEng course and then stay on to complete an MSc degree.

Why choose this course?

  • Become a highly qualified engineer with advanced knowledge on how to design sustainable, low carbon buildings
  • Extensive career options from building services engineers, sustainability consultants to building performance and public health engineers
  • Study at the world's third most sustainable urban university, according to the UI Greenmetric ranking 2020
  • Our school of architecture has been voted a top 3 school by Architects' Journal 2020
  • Our school of architecture has been voted a top 10 school by The Guardian University Guide 2022

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level ABB - BBB (depending on subjects taken) in Clearing for home students

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

Required subjects

A Level

ABB including a B in maths


BBB including B in maths and minimum B in one other science


32 overall including one of:

  • 5 in HL Maths Analysis and Approaches
  • 5 in HL Maths Applications and Interpretation
  • 6 in SL Maths Analysis and Approaches


30 overall including one of:

  • 5 in HL Maths Analysis and Approaches
  • 5 in HL Maths Applications and Interpretation
  • 6 in SL Maths Analysis and Approaches

AND a 5 in one of:

  • Higher Level physics
  • Higher Level chemistry
  • Higher Level biology
  • Higher Level geography
  • Higher Level computing

Excludes general studies, thinking skills, global perspectives and research, critical thinking.

Transfer to MEng is possible during the course subject to satisfactory progression.

IB score IB 32-30 (see required subjects) in Clearing for home students.

BTEC and Access considered for BEng on an individual basis.

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Group study
  • Independent study
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Group coursework
  • Practical write-ups
  • Presentation
  • Research project

Study abroad

Explore the world, experience different cultures and gain valuable life skills by studying abroad.As well as starting an international network of contacts, you will discover new strengths and abilities – helping to enhance your future employment prospects. See our study abroad pages for full information.

Year in industry

You spend the fourth year of this course in industry. You will receive support in applying for a year-long placement with an appropriate company. During the placement you will significantly enhance your knowledge and skills. You will have regular meetings with your tutor throughout the year and will remain fully registered with the University. 

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

What is it like to study Architectural Environment Engineering at UoN?

Hear what Alice, final year student, has to say about studying Architectural Environment Engineering.


In year one you are introduced to the engineering fundamentals and principles required to develop an understanding and appreciation of the important connections between science, engineering, environmental design, building services and technologies.

Architectural Engineering Design 1

This module aims to help you develop a basic awareness of the building design process and the design skills and techniques used by engineers. Visits to construction sites help to deepen your understanding of the material covered in lectures and tutorials. The module introduces:

  • an overview of the construction sector and the role of the engineers in design teams
  • hand sketching and 2/3D computer drafting tools, and their role as an aid to the design process
  • communication and IT skills, including programming, used by professionals involved in the design of buildings
  • simple assessments of the designed performance of buildings
  • a field trip
  • training in how to present work through use of graphics, numerical data and text

You’ll have two hours of lectures and six hours of tutorials a week for this module.

Performance of Construction Materials

This module introduces you to some of the technical knowledge and techniques for surveying buildings and structures and identifying common defects using both qualitative and quantitative methods of assessment. Through a two-hour lecture each week you will cover topics such as moisture ingress, surface and interstitial condensation, freeze/thaw resistance, rot and infestation, sulphate attack, carbonation and corrosion.

Fluid Mechanics and the Built Environment 1

Building on Level 1 design modules, you’ll be introduced to engineering concepts that inform and enrich the environmental performance of buildings. You’ll cover the fundamentals of fluid mechanics (fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics) and then explore some of these through the analysis of flow through piped water systems and the design of hot and cold water services. You’ll spend around three to four hours in lectures and workshops studying for this module.

Engineering Mathematics 1

This module introduces you to the algebra of complex numbers. It provides a key mathematical tool for analysis of linear mathematical and engineering problems.

You will study the complexity of solving general systems of equations using matrix techniques and review the calculus of a single variable.

You will have a three hour lecture and workshops each week.


Environmental Science for Architects 1

Introducing you to the environmental agenda as it applies to the architectural profession, you’ll explore the key bioclimatic strategies used to maintain appropriate conditions for the occupants of buildings, thus tying together occupant comfort, building schedule and climate. You’ll have a two-hour lecture per week using both physical modelling and computer simulation techniques to gain a better understanding of the strategies involved and their relationship with building design.

Architectural Engineering Design 2

This module aims to provide you with a basic understanding of design software and techniques for the design of simple building services systems. It also aims to give you practical experience of fabrication skills. The lectures will introduce you to the engineering design principles of building services, including heating, lighting, piping design, water supply, drainage and basic control systems.

In the design project tutorials you’ll develop the basic design skills introduced in K11AE1 by carrying out a simple services design project for a case-study building. The project makes use of the knowledge gained from the lectures.  The engineering fabrication practicals will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the practical skills used by craftsmen responsible for the installations. You’ll have workshops on metal work, plumbing, electrics and wall building. The module is delivered through two hours of lectures and three hours of practicals a week.


This module introduces the principles of thermodynamics and the thermodynamic concepts relevant to the applications to building environment engineering. Topics covered include: dimensions and units, thermal properties, thermodynamic systems, energy, work and heat transfer processes, perfect gases, steady flow energy equation, 1st law and 2nd law of thermodynamics and basic modes of heat transfer.

Electricity and the Built Environment

You will be given an understanding of the role that electricity plays in controlling the environment within buildings and the wider built environment through two hours of lectures each week.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 02 September 2022.

Your knowledge and competencies in environmental design and building services systems are further developed in year two. Engineering design forms the main core of the year with specialised subjects such as environmental performance modelling, acoustics, lighting and management feeding into the design process. The built environment in its wider context is considered in the study of renewable energy systems.

Thermofluids 2

Advancing on from the year one module Thermofluids 1, you will cover topics such as: vapour compression and vapour absorption, adiabatic saturation of moist air, steady-state one-dimensional conduction of heat conduction, convection heat transfer and introduction to radiant heat transfer. You will spend around four hours per week in lectures and laboratory classes studying for this module.

Acoustics and Lighting

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of acoustic and lighting phenomena as they relate to design within the built environment. During two hours of lectures each week, you’ll be given an overview of the psychological and technical considerations that underpin design requirements and explore the selection of acoustic and lighting strategies relating to the design of buildings through the introduction of appropriate tools and techniques.

Architectural Engineering Design 3

This module aims to introduce you to large scale building services, principally natural ventilation, air conditioning and other environmental control systems, and to discuss the reasons for resorting to and avoiding A/C and the consequent design issues.

Topics include:

  • assessments of heat gains and losses, thermal comfort and relevant climatic data
  • system types and associated secondary plants
  • plant selection, location, sizing and design alternatives

This module is delivered through four hours of lectures each week.

Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers

You will learn techniques for solving selected classes of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) relevant to the analysis of engineering topics. This module also provides the basic calculus to help analyse engineering problems in two or three dimensions and special solutions of partial differential equations relevant to engineering applications. You will spend around three hours per week in lectures and workshops.

Environmental Performance Modelling

The aim of this module is to introduce you to computer simulation tools and explore how they may be used to understand the energy behaviour of buildings. Specifically, you’ll learn about the methods of examining non-steady state performance of buildings. Starting from a theoretical exploration of transient building response, computer simulation tools are introduced and then used to explore energy flows through buildings.

The simulation process is used to explore and develop an awareness of the relationship between building performance and climate, design, materiality and occupant behaviour. This module is delivered through four hours of lectures each week.

Control Systems of Built Environment

This module aims to provide you with a mix of theory and application through computer simulation of control systems with particular focus on buildings technologies. This includes deriving dynamic models of building service, block diagram presentation, time response of systems, and selection and design of a controller. You will spend two hours a week in lectures studying for this module.

Introduction of Renewable Energy

Examining various sources of renewable energy suitable for use in buildings, you will concentrate on wind, water waste heat, solar, geothermal and bio-mass as potential sources of energy. You will investigate the potential contribution they make to a building's energy requirement, the technology used to harness them and limitations associated with their use. For this module you will have a two hour lecture per week.

Project Management and Development

Two main themes are addressed in this module: Project Development issues and Project management issues. Lectures will introduce the process of procurement of land and buildings, project management, development finance and economic factors, strategies and controls, facilities, estate and property management in relation to interests in the architectural profession and the building industry. Risk management and studies on human resources management will also be introduced.

Fluid Mechanics and the Built Environment 2

This module aims to develop an awareness of fluid mechanics and its application within building environment engineering and to teach you the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics and their application to practical problems in building environment design. You’ll spend around four hours per week in lectures and workshops studying for this module.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

The third year of this course is spent in industry. You will receive support in applying for a year-long placement with an appropriate company. During the placement you will significantly enhance your knowledge and skills. You will have regular meetings with your tutor throughout the year and will remain fully registered with the University.

A final year engineering design module provides the opportunity to deliver a project with a stronger emphasis on building analysis, advanced environmental design and environmental performance modelling. This project is used to develop your skills and ability in utilising appropriate aspects of the material covered in years one, two and three, and to consider in more detail the holistic design of a building, its internal environment and the systems necessary to achieve a sustainable building.

Architectural Engineering Design 5

In this module you will get the opportunity to create work as part of a ‘consultancy’ team with other students to produce a group report. The project will utilise, extend and develop the fundamental knowledge and skills that you have gained throughout the previous semesters. The initial task is to analyse a current building and, based upon an assessment of the current climate and thermal comfort condition, you will propose a method to take the building towards net zero energy demand. You’ll need to research the relevant standards and apply manual calculations and computer simulation.

The second stage will build upon the initial analysis to develop a building services solution for the building. You’ll produce a professional report documenting a plan for HVAC design. With your team, you’ll investigate appropriate systems and provide reasoning behind the solution you have chosen. You’ll make applicable engineering calculations throughout the design process. We’ll support and encourage you to research the actual plant, consider the physical sizing and detail how this plant would be accommodated in the actual building. Controls will also be considered and the impact that these have upon energy demand. Your team will attend a weekly tutorial session to discuss your work with an individual member of staff where you will receive support, direction and knowledge for fulfilling a successful project. 

Computational Fluid Dynamics for the Built Environment

This module will introduce you to the techniques and procedures employed in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). It focuses particularly on the development of hands-on experience in the numerical modelling of fluid flows for the built environment. CFD, once the domain of academics, postdoctoral researchers or trained specialists, is becoming progressively more accessible to graduate engineers for research and development as well as design-orientated tasks in the built environment. You’ll learn about the necessary operations that are involved in setting up a fluid problem, solving the numerical problem, and managing some graphical representation of the results. This module is delivered through two hours of lectures and a one-hour workshop each week. 

Energy and Waste

The aim of this module is to give you an understanding of the importance of traditional fossil fuels and biomass fuels to the current and future energy supplies, the environmental impacts of energy consumption, the benefits and types of combined heat and power, and waste treatment and disposal. You will have a two hour lecture per week.

Heat Transfer and Cooling Technology

This module will provide you with knowledge of heat transfer and refrigeration technology to inform the analysis and design of heating and cooling systems for building and industrial applications.

You will develop an understanding of heat transfer and refrigeration, relating the underpinning principles and theories to the equipment used in buildings to maintain comfort conditions in buildings. The content is divided into three parts:

  1. Principles and technology of heat transfer
  2. Principles and technology of refrigeration systems
  3. Air conditioning systems and distribution. 
Research Project

You will undertake an individual piece of original research on a topic in building/environmental services engineering. You will be allocated a supervisor and moderator who are both normally members of staff within the department in order to provide guidance in choosing and carrying out the project, while the moderator helps judge the effectiveness of your understanding and presentation of work.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

Per year

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, and the department covers the travel cost of compulsory field trips and personal protective equipment. Please allow around £50 to cover the cost of printing over the three years.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships


Strong links with UK and international companies offer our graduates excellent prospects for employment, research training and professional recognition. This course involves the use of modern and environmentally friendly technologies to create comfortable and efficient indoor environments. Typically employed within Consulting Engineer practices, graduates in this field apply their skills to design occupant focused, energy efficient buildings incorporating renewable energy, sustainable design, ventilation, lighting, acoustics and electrical/control systems.

Our graduates work for a range of companies including global engineering and construction firms such as Atkins, Arup and Laing O’Rourke to smaller national and regional consultancies such as Pick Everard, Preston Barber and Long & Partners.

Average starting salary and career progression

87.3% of undergraduates from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £23,150.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).


This course is accredited by the Engineering Council through the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and offers excellent prospects of obtaining a rewarding job in an advancing industry. Graduates may study for a further year at masters level before gaining the necessary industrial experience to gain Chartered Engineer status, or may work towards Chartership through company training schemes.

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" Everyday is different! Today we might be learning about the application of building regulations to our designs and the next day could be about computational fluid dynamics or using building simulation software. It may be difficult at times but the lecturers are amazing and motivate you as their love for their subjects shines through when they teach. "
Omolade Osinaike

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