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Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2017



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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


If you’d like to take your career to the next level, this Building Services Engineering degree aims to put you ahead in the industry.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Course information

This course provides direct entry to the second year of an ‘honours degree’ programme, an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification. It is primarily designed for part-time students already working in the industry, who wish to build on an existing Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification or equivalent and are seeking to become a professional qualified engineer.

With an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within the construction industry, our course reflects the interdisciplinary and global nature of the construction industry, providing you with an understanding of how professionals need to work together to ensure that modern buildings are constructed economically, efficiently and in a sustainable way.

Course specification
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The course aims to equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge to take on a specialist role managing the design or construction of building services and energy conservation in buildings.

The majority of full-time students begin the course in the first year, which exposes you to the fundamentals of building science, such as thermal, visual and aural comfort, building construction and services, design studies including the use of different design software, construction material and their properties.


  • Building Practice – Building Services

  • Design Studies (Building)

  • Construction Technology and Building Materials

  • Group Project 1

  • Academic and Professional Development Skills

  • Construction Technology and Building Science


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Most part-time, direct entry students, who are already in work, come into the second year of the course. In this year, you learn more fundamental topics of building design and the construction process that are essential to practitioners in the construction professions, such as fluid-dynamics, thermodynamics, electrical and fire engineering systems and low energy cooling systems.

Working on your own and in groups, you will study real-life case studies and projects in which you will recommend appropriate management strategy and use Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and protocols to manage the design and evaluation of new and existing buildings. For example, you may consider how to conduct a low-energy retrofit of existing public buildings or undertake life cycle analysis of renewable energy systems for new and existing buildings. Previous students have analysed electrical and lighting design for new and refurbishment projects, designed and modelled heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.


  • Mathematics for Building Services Engineering

  • Building Services Systems

  • Fluid-dynamics for Building Services Engineering

  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer Analysis

  • Electrical and Fire Engineering Systems

  • Refrigeration Engineering and Low Energy Cooling

  • Academic and Professional Development Skills


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


After the second year, if you are not already working within the industry, you have an opportunity to spend up to a year on professional placement or studying abroad.


  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Training


In the final year, you will carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area.


  • Building Services in Practice and Context

  • Group Project 3

  • Principle and Practice of Low Carbon Buildings

  • Building Systems Simulation and Evaluation

  • Research Dissertation

  • Research Practice and Communication


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • the opportunity to take up to a year gaining practical experience in a supervised work placement.
  • accreditation at Chartered Engineer level by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on behalf of the Engineering Council;
  • academic staff who are active researchers and consultants in their field and have professional industrial experience which they bring in to their teaching;
  • links with several local and regional employers who have been involved with the development of the course and continue to contribute, ensuring that its content reflects current professional practice;
  • studying with a wide range of other professional disciplines in an integrated department of architecture, building and civil engineering, reflecting the modern interdisciplinary nature of construction projects;


You will find that your course has a range of learning opportunities, from lectures, seminars and tutorials to laboratories, workshops and studio sessions.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.

The course makes use of online learning technology. Some modules use this extensively to allow you to interact online in discussions and to carry out online tests to assess your progress. Staff use online marking and assessment tools that allow us to speed up and improve feedback.

Building Services Engineering students have access to the latest versions of CAD software including 2D, 3D and visualisation software, BIM software, and building performance analysis programmes together with products you may already be familiar with such as SketchUp.

You will be supported by staff who have had a wide range of design experience in the application of these processes in industry. You will also use portable monitoring equipment, such as thermal imaging cameras, to undertake building performance assessments.

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework, examinations, presentations and practicals, which will be broken down as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 35%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 20%
  • Group work etc: 20%
  • Presentations, posters etc: 10%
  • Practical or project work: 15%

20% assessed by group work

In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching comprising:

  • Personal/small group teaching – 6 hours of  practical classes, tutorials and project work each week
  • Medium group teaching – 6 hours of tutorials, CAD or drawing studio each week
  • Large group teaching – 8 hours of lectures each week

There is the opportunity to undertake a work placement in the UK and abroad between second and final years. This will give you an international perspective to your studies and future career as a building services engineer.

You have the opportunity to study overseas through our links with universities in other countries such as Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2017

£14,104 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

Upon graduation, your skills will be in demand by national and international consultants and contractors and engaged in the design, construction and development of modern, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.

Graduates can make a significant difference to the environment by ensuring that modern buildings are designed, constructed and operated in energy-efficient, low-carbon and environmentally friendly ways.

There is an ongoing shortage of qualified building services engineering professionals which ensures that there are well-rewarded career opportunities.


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.