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

Fundamental Engineering 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 andMathematics.

Year 3

Building Services Applications, Building Performance Modelling, Heating & Air-Conditioning, Lighting & Electrical System Design, Environmental Studies, ProjectManagement.

Year 4

Advanced Design of Heating, Air Conditioning, Electrical & Lighting Systems, Building Performance Modelling & 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

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BEng (Hons)
Part Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
BEng (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Part Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

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.

Full-time entry requirements

Year 2

College HNC: 15 credit HNC in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Building Services Engineering with B in graded unit. Other related HNC qualifications may be considered.

A level: BBC including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering at DMM

Year 3

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

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Part-time entry requirements

Year 1

College HNC: HNC in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Building Services Engineering. Other related HNC qualifications may be considered.

Year 2

College HND: Building Services Engineering or Sustainable Design or Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with B in graded unit

Additional requirements

Applicants to the part-time programme must be in suitable full-time employment within industry.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

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 2020/21

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

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £11,845

*Scottish and EU 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. Fees and refund policy.

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 £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 11 September 2020 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.


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. You can progress towards full CEng Chartered Engineer status.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme 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.