BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering

Developed in partnership with the building services industry this programme focuses on heating and air conditioning system design, building performance simulation and assessment, electrical systems and lighting design.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) so you can progress towards full Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

It offers flexibility for engineers who are currently employed and want to improve their knowledge and skills.

Your career

The current shortage of engineers means good salaries, secure employment and good promotional prospects for Building Services Engineers. Careers cover a wide spectrum from the design to operation stages of domestic, commercial, industrial and leisure building types.

Year 1

Theory including Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Electrical Principles, Control Systems and Mathematics.

Year 2

Engineering Applications, Electric Power Systems, Applied Thermodynamics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Mathematics.

Year 3

Building Services Applications, Building Performance Modelling, Heating and Air Conditioning, Lighting and Electrical System Design, Environmental Studies, Project Management.

Year 4

Advanced Design of Heating, Air Conditioning, Electrical and Lighting Systems, Building Performance Modelling and Energy Assessment, the Engineer in Business, Honours Design Project, Honours Dissertation.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BEng (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
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Full-time entry requirements

Year 2

College HNC: 15 credit HNC in Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Building Services Engineering - graded unit B. Other related HNC qualifications may be considered.
A level: BBC (incl Maths and Physics) GCSE: C/4 (English)
IB Diploma: 30 points (incl two subjects at HL level including Maths or Physics, one at SL and one at HL. SL English reqd)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

Year 3

College HND: Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering/ Building Services Engineering/Sustainable Design - graded unit B. Other related HND qualifications may be considered.

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time entry requirements

Year 1
College HNC: 15 credit HNC in Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Building Services Engineering - graded unit B. Other related HNC qualifications may be considered.
A level: BBC (incl Maths and Physics) GCSE: C/4 (English)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

Year 2 

College HND: Building Services Engineering/Sustainable Design/Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering - graded unit B

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time applicants must be in suitable full-time employment

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

Visit our part-time and distance-learning fee schedules.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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All second year, full-time students are given the opportunity to take part in our programme of week-long study tours. Tour destinations include France, Finland, Spain and Canada.

While developing and reviewing this exciting degree programme, the School consulted heavily with industry to ensure that graduates would be well equipped to enter the employment market in professional, well-paid positions of responsibility.

The BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering is accredited by CIBSE the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering. It is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. You can progress towards full CEng Chartered Engineer status.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this course is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

The degree programme incorporates a varied range of traditional and more modern methods to assess students. These include exams, case studies, design projects, dissertations, laboratory reports, presentations, class tests and web-based online tests. For any given module, the assessment options most suited to the module content are used. All modules in the degree programme are at least partly assessed by a coursework component and in some cases, there is, in addition, an examination at the end of the semester. About half of the modules have an examination component and this normally accounts for 60% of the mark allocation for the module. In the final year, there is a Project module which has double the normal credit allocation. This is an opportunity for students to complete their own in-depth study of a design application of special interest to themselves. The student is allocated a project supervisor to assist them with any problems encountered and to facilitate the student’s progress. Some modules incorporate group work. In the final year students complete a group design project in which the complete design of mechanical and electrical services for a building are produced. This work would be submitted as a group report and presentation. Students also are combined into groups to participate in a business competition in which groups manage virtual companies operating within the construction industry. Groups can also participate in an international competition in which they compete against students from other universities.

The programme has very close links with industry and has been developed to meet the needs of our industrial partners. This makes our graduates well equipped to enter the employment market in well-paid professional positions. The degree structure is very flexible and permits students to study on the programme on either a full-time or part-time basis. The part-time mode is particularly valuable as it provides an opportunity for engineers who are currently employed within the building services industry to improve their knowledge and skills and to facilitate their progress within the industry. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory experiments and computer laboratory periods. All of these alternatives methods are used in the most appropriate way to match the content of each individual module. The degree programme is also very fortunate to have almost full access to the building services installations and plant rooms within the extensive university campus. This includes the use of the BMS control system which can be accessed from any of the computer labs on the campus. In addition to this, a purpose built viewing gallery has been built for observation and analysis of the new university combined heat and power (CHP) installation. All of these facilities are integrated within the teaching programme to allow students to study the operation of building services equipment in a ‘live’ setting.