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Coventry University

Building Services Engineering

UCAS Code: H290

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements

A level


to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.

Considered on an individual basis.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


to include Mathematics at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


in an Engineering or Construction subject. If taking Engineering, applicants must achieve Merits in the 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' and 'Further Engineering Mathematics' units. If taking Construction, applicants achieve a Merit in the 'Further Mathematics for Construction' unit.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020


Building services engineering

To meet the ambitious targets set by Government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades, it is predicted that around 12,000 more low carbon design and construction specialists will be needed each year.

This professionally accredited course aims to equip you with the knowledge, technical and practical skills and techniques required for a successful career as a building services engineer, able to respond to environmental and ethical considerations, while taking into consideration relevant social and economic implications too.

We enjoy a strong portfolio of industry-related research, particularly in the areas of low carbon building technology, sustainable construction materials and engineering education.

You will have the chance to study in our £50m Engineering and Computing building, its environmentally-led design classed as ‘Excellent’ by BREEAM, the world's leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. The building provides a dynamic learning experience: as well as incorporating a range of sustainable technologies, including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers, all the services are exposed so you can study the forces at work on the concrete and steel and see how services wind their way around the building. The main plant room also has a high-level gangway that enables you to look down on the biomass and gas boilers and other equipment.

Our course has developed over the years with input from and in consultation with our network of industry partners and professional organisations, which includes the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, CPWP, WSP Group, Interserve, NG Bailey and Morgan-Sindal. Members of staff from these organisations also contribute with guest lectures and collaborative research projects to ensure you stay abreast of current professional practice.

* Key Course Benefits*
* Meets the full academic requirements for Chartered Building Services Engineer registration.

* High levels of student satisfaction – 90% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015.Opportunity to spend up to a year on professional placement with past students working as a junior mechanical and electrical engineers, BREEAM assessors or building modelers, for example.

* Opportunity to attend exciting industry visits, which in recent years have included a trip to Eco-Build to view innovative building components and systems, as well as building projects in the UK and Europe (additional costs and application may apply).

* Shared experiences of fellow students in employment and staff, who have professional industrial experience in architectural practice, civil engineering and the construction industry. Members of the course team have worked as senior electrical engineers and senior mechanical engineer in various organisations, including Royal Haskoning DHV, Interserve, Derry Building Services Ltd, Regal Mechanical and Electrical Services Ltd.

* Outstanding track record of student success – including previous winners and runners-up for the CIBSE President’s Award, CIBSE West Midlands ‘Five Counties Prize’, ‘Sustainability and the Environment’ category in the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Midlands Power Network awards and Graduate of the Year Award from the CIBSE and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

* Extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.


* **Building services systems**:
Introduces you to building services systems for comfort, amenity and agency, together with their integration into both low and high rise buildings. You will have the opportunity to learn to appreciate the independence and co-dependence of systems and their spatial and operational requirements, together with the relative merits of systems of different complexities and operational criteria.

* **Principles and practice of low carbon buildings:**
Aims to deepen your understanding of the design and operation of low carbon buildings with an emphasis on improving whole life performance. We will consider performance of buildings not only in terms of energy consumption, but also how occupants interact with them. This acknowledges the importance of environmental ethics, embodied energy, bioclimatic design, energy and alternative energy sources and their application, evaluation and management in achieving optimised building performance.

* **Building Services in Practice and Context:**
We look at the wider issues of building services engineering, such as energy, social, economic, health and safety. We will also look at how building services systems are assessed, audited and maintained, as well as the operation of contracting, sub-contracting and consulting practices and their inter-relationships.

* **Building systems evaluation and simulation:**
We use computer modelling and simulation to analyse building and renewable energy system performance. Building and system performance prediction is a necessary tool in achieving low impact buildings through the correct assessment of building type, construction method, building services systems and building integrated renewable technologies. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of modelling parameters to achieve good analysis and current industry standard software and modelling programs, such as IES Virtual Environment, REVIT, Green Building Studio and RETSCREEN for Renewable Energy Analysis.

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Top job areas of graduates

Architects, town planners and surveyors
Production managers and directors
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Want to take a degree that is definitely in demand? Try building! We're short of graduates in this area, so most graduates get jobs quickly. Building graduates make excellent surveyors, and that's currently one of the jobs that employers find hardest to fill, so there are great opportunities available of you want to try your hand at a surveying career. Building graduates also go into jobs in site and project management and other high skilled parts of the construction industry. There are jobs to be had in most parts of the country, so if you're technically-inclined and want to work somewhere specific, it might be worth considering this as an option. Building graduates are more likely than most to start their career with an employer who gave them work experience, so it’s particularly worth trying to secure links with industry if you take this degree.

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