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Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons)

Building services engineers design the systems which provide comfort, lighting and electrical services in modern buildings. This newly developed course blends engineering principles with a holistic approach to building design, computer simulation and specialist modules. It will help you to develop the specialist skills and knowledge to prepare you for a role in the construction industry.


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Have you ever wondered about the systems which keep us comfortable and safe in buildings? Most of us spend more than 90% of our time in buildings, which contribute to nearly half the UK’s carbon emissions. With a career in building services, you will be designing the systems for better and more sustainable buildings, working closely with architects and other professionals. This course offers many different specialisms for your future career. For example you could be working with computer simulation to design an ultra-clean ventilation system for an operating theatre, planning electrical services for an on-site renewable energy system, or designing lighting for a sports stadium.

Reasons to study Building Services Engineering at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • Make your way to the top 10
    Join one of the top 10 most popular universities in the UK for home and EU students, as rated by UCAS - Find out why our students say #IchoseDMU
  • Teaching and student experience matters
    DMU has been awarded Gold status in the Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest award possible
  • Gain skills relevant to current industry demand
    A national shortage of suitably qualified building services engineers means that graduates from this course are well positioned to begin successful careers
  • Proven graduate employability
    more than 96% of recent DMU graduates were in work or further study within six months on graduating*
  • Excellent teaching by active researchers
    You will be taught by experts in engineering, building design, energy and sustainability in the School of Engineering & Sustainable Development, and Leicester School of Architecture, many of whom also carry out research
  • Benefit from excellent facilities
    including our Energy Laboratory, building monitoring equipment and infra-red cameras
  • Dedicated work Placements
    enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements by DMU students undertaken at  Cummings, Network Rail and Caterpillar
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons



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Energy Engineering BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)


  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H602

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement, six years part-time

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H602

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement, six years part-time

Fees and funding: £12,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics at grade C or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course:
    • Access to HE Engineering
    • Physics and Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Maths or Physics please contact us for more details.
  • English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Work experience and placements 


First year

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Bullding Performance and Technology 1

Second year

  • Thermodynamics

  • Architectural Communications 2

  • Sustainable Building Principles

  • Low Carbon Energy Systems

  • Electrical Services

  • Heating, Ventilation and Cooling

  • Project Management

  • Individual Project

Third year

  • Natural and Artificial Lighting
  • Energy Management and Building Controls
  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Room Acoustics
  • Building Physics
  • Building Performance Modelling
  • Study Skills
  • Design Project


The course is taught by a team of expert staff with excellent track record in teaching. Many also carry out engineering and architecture related research. The staff will help students gain a sound understanding of the principles of engineering and building services systems, along with a holistic understanding of the building design process, and problem solving and personal skills. This will prepare students for working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams.

Teaching is delivered using lectures, tutorials, case studies, site visits and laboratory classes. Universal design for learning (UDL) will be implemented to support students learning with easy access to lecture notes, recorded lectures and additional online learning materials.

Our laboratories are equipped for teaching and learning relevant technologies and development of fundamental engineering skills. Students are exposed to a number of industry-standard software and have access to computer and experimental laboratory facilities throughout the course.

Assessment usually consists of exams and coursework, but may vary between modules. Coursework assessment may include practical laboratory work, reports, essays or verbal presentations. 

Students will normally attend approximately 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake around 20 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.


You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate master’s programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.


There is also the opportunity to join the DMU Racing team, where students are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car, which is then tested in a competitive environment at the famous Silverstone Circuit.

Employers are increasingly looking for “well rounded” engineers who understand sustainability and are keen to take on complex global challenges, with practical experience helping you stand out from the crowd.

Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

The main mechanical laboratory is equipped with a range of machine tools for manufacture of student designs and equipment to teach thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics.  It also has a large open-plan area dedicated to the Formula Student teams to build a petrol powered car and an electric car.

Engine Test Cell

There is a purpose built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects done in this facility include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to study performance and emission characteristics. 

Energy Laboratory

A new Energy Laboratory is also available to conduct energy related experiments relevant to energy engineering.  It contains equipment to teach wide range of thermo-fluid applications such as Air-Conditioning, Heat-pumps and various fundamental experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity.   

Materials Science Laboratory

The materials laboratory houses a wide range of facilities for material microsctructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing. 

Computer laboratories

There are many computer labs available with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. Simulation of building performance, using (IES or Design Builder) is part of the course.

Art and Design

Most of the teaching on modules taught by the Leicester School of Architecture will be in the new Vijay Patel building. You will also benefit from building performance tools and resources in the Architecture and Design Resource Centre, the School’s online learning space.

Your campus, your DMU


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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers on offer. Careers exist in industries including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy; as well as the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products, and food industry. You will have the ability to work in broader areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).


DMU Racing

Students can take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe's most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car and the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. 

You can join either the petrol DMU Racing team or the electric team DMU FaStER and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event. These student teams speak to the passion and creativity of the student body providing an unforgettable experience during your study and putting you in good stead for the future.


Students can also take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe's most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car. You can join either team and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event.

DMU Open days

Our next Open Day takes place on Saturday 13 January 2018, book your place today. 

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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