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 Energy Institute (EI) and 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.

  • 2018/19

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BEng (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2018
GCU Glasgow
K242
BEng (Hons)
Part Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2018
GCU Glasgow
 
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Part Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
  • 2019/20

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BEng (Hons)
Part Time
2 - 5 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
 
BEng (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
K242
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Part Time 2 - 5 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 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 1

SQA Higher
BBBC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science, plus Nat 5 English at C.
A level
CCC including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4
ILC Higher
H2 H2 H4 H4 including Maths and Physics. English is also required at Ordinary Level O2
IB Diploma
24 points including Maths and Physics
BTEC
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMM
SWAP Access
SWAP STEM programme at BBB.

Year 2

HNC
HNC in either Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Building Services Engineering. 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

HND
Year 3 HND in either Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Building Services Engineering or Sustainable Design. Other related HND qualifications may be considered.

Part-time entry requirements

Year 1

HNC
HNC Building Services, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

Year 2

HND
HND Building Services, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

Employment requirements

Applicants must be in full-time relevant employment and sponsored by their employer.

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 the English for University Study programme.

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

The fees shown are for students starting studies within the 2018/19 academic year. GCU is currently in the process of setting fees for 2019/20. Students interested in enrolling on a programmes starting in September 2019 or later should check back for further information shortly. 

Tuition fees 2018/19

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,500 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

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

View part-time and distance learning fees.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.

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Scholarships

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 14 September 2018 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 EI the Energy Institute and 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.

Written exam

  • 53%
  • 45%
  • 29%
  • 27%

Coursework assessment

  • 47%
  • 44%
  • 71%
  • 55%

Practical exam

  • 0%
  • 11%
  • 0%
  • 18%

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.

Scheduled learning and teaching

  • 34%
  • 32%
  • 24%
  • 27%

Independent study

  • 66%
  • 68%
  • 76%
  • 73%

Placement study

  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 0%