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Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Overview

BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering is designed to equip you with the technical, management and communication skills needed to be an effective leader of teams involved in the design of building services and energy conservation in buildings.

6 reasons to study here

Great teaching: No.1 University in London for Learning Resources in General Engineering (National Students Survey 2017).
Heritage: We have been running courses for the Building Services Engineering industry since 1947.
Professional accreditation: Accredited by CIBSE and the IoE as meeting the academic requirements of Incorporated Engineer status.
Future proof: Major projects in London and the raised focus on the environment and sustainability are resulting in an increased demand for those graduating from this course.
Flexible study: Study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Work experience: You'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.

This degree course covers...

Building service engineers work on all aspects of a building which make it safe, comfortable and functional. This is a broad course which covers:

  • fundamental scientific principles that support building services
  • operation and control of air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical services
  • mechanical and electrical engineering
  • energy conservation and sustainability
  • renewable energies
  • building performance.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4.5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

Overview

First year modules provide the fundamental scientific principles that support the mechanical and electrical building services and also provide an introduction to the basic heating and ventilation systems.

Second year modules provide more in-depth study of the systems used in building services such as air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical services, their operation and control.

In the final year emphasis is on sustainability. You'll take modules covering the topics of dynamic thermal performance of buildings, energy resources, combined heat and power, wind power generation and lighting, electrical systems and distribution.

A specialisation option is offered in the final year between a mechanical and an electrical route. Design projects are used to produce a simulated work environment where the taught material is applied. Computer modelling techniques are taught and used in the design projects where optimisation techniques are investigated.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 43% coursework

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics
    This Module will introduce you to the main mathematical techniques which are required in the early stages of engineering degrees. The topics include Revisions of Algebraic operations and functions, complex numbers, trigonometry, calculus, curve sketching, and matrix and vector algebra.
  • Building services engineering principles
    You will be taught the underpinning skills and engineering principles relevant to mechanical and electrical building services engineering and be able to apply this contextually. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Construction practice
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Introduction to building services
    The module will introduce you to the underpinning concepts, purpose and types of building services. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Internal environment and comfort
    This module is divided into three main parts: the first part will deal with the theory and practical application of acoustics; the second part will analyse the theory and practice of light and lightning theory; and the third part will deal with thermal environment and comfort. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Heating and ventilation systems
    The module introduces heating and ventilation systems. On heating systems the focus is on LPHW systems covering the operating pressure and temperatures, boilers, system efficiency, heat emitters, and pipe sizing, heating and district eating. On ventilation systems, the ventilation requirements are considered and subsequently the various types of systems ( including natural ventilation) and the component parts of ventilation systems are described and their performance is analysed. 

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Thermofluids engineering
    This module provides you with a study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics exploring more theory to allow analysis of processes and extension into computer modelling. It also specifically covers the application of thermofluids to mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding gained in Engineering Principles and will enable you to design, explore and investigate. The fundamentals will be introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which will then be extended to the study of systems and design. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump engineering
    This module covers specific mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding you will have gained in heating and ventilation systems and will enable you to design, explore and investigate refrigeration technology and air conditioning systems and heat pumps. The fundamentals are introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which is then extended to the study of systems and design. A major emphasis will be placed on developing a practical ability and on understanding the environmental implications in the use of systems through carefully structured laboratory experiments. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Integrated building design
    Working in small groups, you'll develop a fully integrated concept design for a building, starting from the briefing and masterplanning stage. Selected elements of the concept design will be developed to a detailed design stage. The work will be carried out within the framework of Level 2 BIM with appropriate information exchanges. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Project and business management
    This module gives an overview of engineering management and covers topics such as financial principles, management of innovation, technology strategy, and project management. The focus of the module is on the development of individual skills and team work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Electrical services in buildings
    This module is divided into two major parts: the first part will deal with intermediate circuit theory and analysis, while the second part will study electrical installation and services in buildings. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Energy management and controls
    This module examines the controls and processes that are necessary for efficient and effective operation of buildings and their engineering services. It provides an understanding of control elements and building energy management systems, and the way that information from these systems can be used to manage energy. The module also presents tools for financial analysis and reporting. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Passive building design
    On completing this module, you'll be able to analyse a building and its world-wide location, and propose novel and effective passive methods to reduce energy consumption and improve occupant comfort. You'll understand the requirements of the wider design team and adapt and communicate your proposals appropriately. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Major project
    This module is a culmination of the course, where the knowledge and skills gained are applied to a specific investigation, either design or research-based. You should be able to analyse the technical performance, environmental impact and economic feasibility of the project. The results should be in a form comparable to industrial standards, based on current guidelines or regulations. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Plus two modules from either the electrical or mechanical route:

Electrical route

  • Electrical power systems and distribution
    This module focuses on 11kV high voltage electrical power system and Low-Voltage Distribution and equipment, focussing on their application on electrical building services. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Lighting and electrical systems
    The module is designed to equip you with up-to-date knowledge and skills to enable you to work in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of lighting and electrical systems in building services industries. Lighting will be covered as far as required to undertake design calculations and appreciate what is assumed in the use of proprietary design software packages. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Mechanical route

  • Heat and mass transfer applications
    This module provides an advanced study of heat and mass transfer, the design of heat transfer equipment, the application of heat transfer within a building envelope and the development of the CIBSE Admittance Method used for the assessment of cooling and heating loads. It also deals with the calculation of cooling loads using commercial software, and the strategies for the reduction of energy used for cooling including thermal mass, natural ventilation, night time cooling, evaporative cooling. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Thermal energy systems
    In relation to sustainable engineering, you'll develop a deep understanding of the principles that govern building services thermal energy systems and renewable and Low or Zero Carbon technologies. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Employability

Building service engineers deal with everything from making sure the floodlights at Old Trafford don't cut out halfway through the match to developing homes that can generate their own sustainable sources of gas and electricity. They help buildings to deliver on their potential by working with architects and construction engineers to produce buildings that offer the functionality and comfort we expect, with the minimum impact on our environment. They design the lighting appropriate for the space, the heating, cooling,ventilation and all systems that ensure comfort, health and safety in all types of buildings, residential commercial and industrial.

This course will prepare you for a career in the building services engineering industry in areas such as: design and build, contracting, consultancy, energy management, and facilities management.

The employment record is of this course is excellent as the demand for qualified building services engineers outstrips the supply, partly due to the recent European Directive on energy savings, brought about by the climate change.

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs such as: Estimator, Quantity Surveyor and Contracts Manager.

It became clear to me that industry ties with LSBU are strong. I graduated with a first class Honours degree and promotion to a permanent engineering post at work - so it was certainly worthwhile.

Cara Hobbs, Alumna, BEng Building Services Engineering

What to expect from your career

Building Services Engineers are involved at the design and build stage, making sure new buildings are optimised and 'future-proof' from conception through to contracting and consultancy work, or managing the use of buildings and facilities once they are up and running.

Typically, Building Services Engineers tend to specialise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or public health sectors.  Daily tasks can include negotiating and developing contracts and agreeing them with clients, commissioning work from contractors, using CAD software to design  the systems needed for a project, ensuring the project budget is kept to, overseeing the installation of building systems and making sure they are maintained and operated properly. Then they advise clients and architects on energy use and conservation.

Typical salaries

It is a varied career, where no two days (or buildings) are the same. Salaries for experienced engineers range from £25,000 to £35,000 –although partners in engineering firms can earn up to £85,000.

Progressing to postgraduate studies

If you graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Sustainable Energy Systems or MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics.

If you combine your BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering combined with an accredited Masters, you can achieve Chartered Engineer status.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

You are encouraged to break your academic studies and take an industrial placement in your third year (Sandwich Course). During this placement you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice. This is an opportunity to understand the way industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities of the commercial environment.

Staff

Dr Issa Chaer

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader/Course Director

He has over 15 years of work experience in the Higher Education sector and is currently working at London South Bank University as a Reader and Course Director for 3 Building Services Engineering Courses.


Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.


Dr Stephen Dance

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader; Course Director for MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics

Steve is a Reader in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture, with particular interests in music and acoustics, PA systems, urban wind turbines, vocal stress and speech intelligibility.


Prof. Andy Ford

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Acting Director of Research and Enterprise; Professor of Building Systems Engineering

Andy is passionate about low energy design and innovation. Having run his own successful Consulting Engineering practice for many years he is now focused on the next generation.


Dr Luis Gomez-Agustina

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Course Director, Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Noise Control and Institute of Acoustics Certificate; Lecturer in Acoustics and Building Services

Luis is an acoustician and academic with research and development background. His areas of expertise are architectural acoustics, noise control, building and room acoustics, environmental noise, acoustic simulation, revision and creation of acoustic design guidelines. His current research interests are in office and performance spaces acoustics, sustainable acoustic design and improvement of quality of life through the acoustic environment.


Dr Rusdy Hartungi

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering

Rusdy's teaching focuses on electrical building services engineering and lighting. He is Course Director for the BSc (Hon) Building Services Engineering.


Harry Lawner

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Director of Education and Student Experience; Associate Professor

Harry Lawner is Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of The Built Environment and Architecture. He teaches across several undergraduate modules in building services engineering.


Dr Gordon Lowry

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Gordon Lowry teaches electrical building services engineering and lighting. His research interests include building energy performance, modelling, and utilising building management systems.


Prof. Graeme Maidment

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Professor of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Graeme leads research in LSBU's Centre for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and teaches in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering.


Dr Alex Paurine

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Engineering Mathematics

Alex is a Senior Research Fellow & Sessional Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.


Dr Zhihui Ye

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for MSc Building Services Engineering (Distance Learning)

Zhihui is a building service engineer. She has particular interests in energy and the indoor environment.


Kika Yiakoumetti

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering

Kika is a Chartered Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the Building Services Engineering industry. She has particular interests in mechanical building services.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Value of a BEng programme

As a BEng programme, this course provides you with the environment and guidance to acquire a deeper understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of mechanical engineering and its underpinning science and mathematics. These core mathematic, scientific and management skills are needed to meet the requirements of Chartered Engineer status. Many recruiters will look favourably on BEng graduates for this reason.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities    
Lectures, seminars and workshops       Self-directed study      
Year 1 30% 70%
Year 2 31% 69%
Year 3 22% 78%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to Engineering qualifications with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physics
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4.5 years
Start date
September
Application code
2090
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
K2J9
Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
K2J9
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 2072Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £37500
International (including any optional years) £37500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7500
AOS/LSBU code: 2090Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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