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London South Bank University

2015 League Table Ranking 120
2015 Overall Score 421
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Entry Standards 231 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 21.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.24 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 971 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.91 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 249 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 55.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 72.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 59.7 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1892 as the Borough Polytechnic and amalgamated with four other colleges in 1970 to become South Bank Polytechnic.
  • Historically the institution focused on providing people with relevant employment skills and supplying employers with the skilled workforce they needed. This included pioneering courses such as petrol motor mechanics in the 1900s, heating and ventilating engineering in the 1920s and nuclear power in the 1950s, together with the UK's first engineering course for women in the 1920s and one of the UK's first nursing degrees iin 1974.
  • In June 1992 the institution was granted university status by the Privy Council to become London South Bank University (LSBU).
  • LSBU was named the top London modern (post 92) university for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2013

Location and Transport

  • The Elephant and Castle campus offers excellent transport links joining it to the heart of the city.
  • The campus is within easy walking distance of Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and London Bridge tube and rail stations.
  • Close to major London attractions, it is only minutes away from the South Bank, the West End and the City.
  • All major teaching and learning buildings sit within the compact campus, which is unusual for a city-centre university.
  • Over 20 bus routes connect the university to the rest of London.
  • LSBU also has a campus in Havering, Essex.

Entry Standards

  • To study as an undergraduate you'll usually have previous qualifications and our admissions tutors are looking for evidence of your motivation, commitment, aptitude and potential. It's also essential you show us you have a good standard of maths or numeracy, communication and IT, along with a sound knowledge and interest in the subject area you're applying to.
  • You can read about undergraduate entry requirements  and postgraduate entry requirements on our website.
  • Each course in our online Course Finder has details of the university’s entry requirements.

Student Mix

The 18,220 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • The university believes in making its courses as flexible as possible, and the majority of courses are offered part-time. Study methods include block release, weekend and evening classes and online learning. In all cases, you'll be studying with other part-time students for either a reduced or full degree award.
  • If you're looking to take a little longer over your studies then we create an individual study plan that specifies which units you complete each year.
  • Select part-time courses in our online Course Finder.


Teaching Standards

  • Student satisfaction with LSBU teaching was rated 82% in the National Student Survey 2013.
  • The University received the highest possible rating for quality of our education in the last Quality Assurance Assessment (QAA). 
  • All courses are accredited or developed in association with leading professional bodies. You can find out more about this on our website. 

Research Standards

  • Our applied research seeks to provide real world solutions to challenging issues faced by society today,
  • Each of our faculties is involved in a wide range of research projects, many involving collaborations with business.
  • Over 80% of LSBU’s submissions to the last Research Assessment Exercise were peer-assessed for being internationally recognised quality or better. LSBU is the number one modern university in London for research in sport-related subjects.
  • Research at LSBU is highly applied and features real-world impact. Much is relevant to our teaching and we bring research-informed content to our students through our course portfolio.
  • Much of LSBU's research has been submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and full details are given on our REF2014 webpage.

Academic Strengths

  • LSBU focuses on offering one of the most professionally and vocationally oriented course portfolios in the country.
  • Areas of academic strength include Health & Social Care, Computing, Business, Design and Engineering, Arts & Society, Science and Technology.
  • The vocational nature of many courses means that many course directors have links with industry and professional bodies such as CIM, RIBA and ACCA.
  • LSBU is one of the UK’s leading Knowledge Transfer providers.

Student Facilities

  • As a strongly vocational university many of our courses feature practical sessions in fully-equipped laboratories.
  • The University has invested over £60m in student buildings and learning spaces since 2005.
  • New Student Centre opened in 2012 as a central hub for all non-academic student support services and is the new permanent home of our Students' Union.
  • Expert library and IT support is available at both our Southwark and Havering campuses helping to support today's students use a mixture of books, journals and electronic materials to complete their studies.
  • The Perry Library, at Southwark, holds over 300,000 print books, hundreds of study spaces and over 90 open access PCs. We subscribe to 150 online databases providing access – both on and off-campus – to over 18,000 journals, plus e-books, TV and radio programmes, and a wide range of other specialist data to assist research and study.
  • The Havering campus library provides support and materials on health and social care. The Learning Resources Centre on the Southwark campus holds over 400 open access PCs plus 10 Apple Macs. A wide range of software is provided, including specialist subject-specific packages.
  • Autumn 2013 saw the opening of the brand new Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, created in Grade II-listed Georgian Terraces on our Southwark Campus.
  • Practical areas specially designed to create scenarios students find in the workplace. Some highlights include purpose-built classrooms for ICT, maths, research, PE and dance students on our Education courses. Our health students use a new suite of state-of-the-art skills laboratories, with life-like hospital wards, simulated patients and a radiography-testing suite with the latest 3-D imaging.
  • IT services for students are provided on all campuses, with over 400 workstations. Open access in Southwark and more PCs at Havering.
  • Comfortable residences and on-campus catering.

Disability Services

  • We offer a comprehensive range of disability and dyslexia support. Visit our website for information about the disability services at London South Bank University.

Students' Union

  • Based in our new Student Centre, our Students’ Unionis a hub for a range of societies that cover cultural, political and social interests. Specialist staff at the Union can also advise on any course concerns and external matters our students experience.Sport
  • LSBU Academy of Sports brings together educational opportunities, vocational placements and quality services. It combines academic and non-academic functionalities through taught courses, research units, sports science support services, sport development and facility staff. 
  • LSBU's Sports Centre handles all of the University's representative and recreational sports clubs. The clubs are run by students for our students and all have qualified coaches to help with performance and development. For full details read more about student sports at LSBU online.
  • Sports facilities include 40+ station fitness suite, a dedicated free weights room, exercise classes and a sports injury clinic.


  • Sports facilities include 40+ station fitness suite, a dedicated free weights room, exercise classes and a sports injury clinic.
  • The University provides a large and comprehensive sports scholarship scheme.
  • Number one men and women’s university basketball team in London.
  • The Human Performance Centre provides sports science support and services to elite athletes, corporate clients and members of the public. The state-of-the-art altitude training equipment was accessed by the England football team in the last World Cup and it’s the home of the LSBU biomechanics who invented the micro-wobbleboard, technology found in the now world famous Fitflop.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The Southwark campus features new buildings that enhance teaching provision and student experience. A new Student Centre and Students’ Union opened in late 2012 as a space for support, socialising and relaxed study. 
  • K2 opened in 2010 and was shortlisted for a RIBA award. The building was designed and constructed using the latest in green building technology and, fittingly, houses the University’s Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB – see below). It also houses the Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Department of Education and Sport and Exercise Science. Impressive green credentials include one of the largest installations of geothermal energy pile in the UK, which controls the building’s heating and cooling system, solar-powered heated water and an innovative mesh cladding to regulate temperature.
  • CEREB is the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings: a unique teaching, research and demonstration facility for low carbon technologies in the built environment. The multi-million pound project is the first centre of its kind to be located in an urban setting with a dedicated space, providing opportunities to research and develop sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies.
  • The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and innovation opened in September 2013 and offers a home for the University's student entrepreneurs, as well as flexible office space for small local businesses.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is good availability of part-time work. Currently 34% of students are part-time (2012–13).
  • The Jobshop provides a professional vacancy-handling service that helps students find full- or part-time work, work experience, placements, temporary work and volunteering opportunities. Read more on the student portal, My LSBU.
  • The Career Gym in thenew Student Centre offers valuable careers advice and a range of CV and interview workshops.

For further information

  • www.lsbu.ac.uk
  • enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)20 7815 7815
  • London South Bank University
    90 London Road
    SE1 6LN
UCAS Code L75

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