London South Bank University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.52 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.99 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    67.4 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    73.1 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    60.4 / 100.0


  • 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).

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, the university 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 Requirements

  • 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 17,735 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 59%
  • Part Time 41%


  • UK 90%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

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 2015.
  • The university received the highest possible rating for quality of our education in the last Quality Assurance Assessment (QAA).
  • The majority of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, giving our students maximum exemptions when pursuing further professional exams.

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.
  • LSBU emerged as one of the top three modern universities in London after 73% of its research was given the two highest ratings (4* and 3*) for 'impact'.(REF 2014)
  • The university's scores for 'impact' were particularly strong in the areas of a) Sports and Exercise Science (90% of LSBU's REF entries achieved a 4* or 3* grade); b) General Engineering (80% rated 4* or 3*); c) Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy (80% rated 4* or 3*). (REF 2014)
  • Much of LSBU's research has been submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and full details are given on our REF 2014 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 and Social Care, Computing, Business, Design and Engineering, Arts and 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.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • As a strongly vocational university many of our courses feature practical sessions in fully-equipped laboratories.
  • 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 new Student Centre opened in 2012 as a central hub for all non-academic student support services and is the permanent home of our Students' Union.
  • 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.
  • 6000m2 of specialist engineering facilities including a virtual engineering lab, digital architecture and robotics lab, an anechoic chamber, 3D printing and extensive workshops.

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 Student Centre, our Students’ Union is 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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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.
  • The Career Gym in the Student Centre offers valuable careers advice and a range of CV and interview workshops.
  • LSBU offers students part-time work experience through our Student Ambassador programme.

Careers Guidance

  • London South Bank University's Employability Service offers advice on how to shape your career. This complete service provides free professional information, advice and guidance while you study at LSBU and for up to two years after you graduate.
  • The service has strong relationships with employers and recruitment agencies to help create student employment opportunities.
  • This also includes assitance with planning career objectives, advice on preparing professional CVs and training on many topics including effective interview techniques. The service also advertises vacancies to help graduates and students find full and part-time work, work experience, placements and temporary and vocational work.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • 2016 sees the opening of a new media centre representing a £4m investment by LSBU. It will be the newest and most up-to-date media facility in central London.
  • The Southwark campus features new buildings that enhance teaching provision and student experience.
  • 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 School 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.

Further Details

Address London South Bank University 103 Borough Road London SE1 0AA
UCAS Code L75
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