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Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Overview

Making buildings work

Did you know more than half the graduates working in the building services engineering field in the UK have been educated at LSBU? With more than 60 years of expertise in this area, our course is designed to equip you with the technical know-how and communication and management skills to be an effective leader in this specialist sector.

Building services engineering covers the design, installation, operation and maintenance of all the things that make a building safe, comfortable, energy efficient and functional. It’s always in demand and set to grow as buildings’ designs evolve to become more sustainable.

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. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute as meeting the requirements for Incorporated Engineer status.

Why study Building Services Engineering at LSBU?

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.
We have one of the best laboratory–workshop complexes in London.
Study modes to suit you: study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Employability: you'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.

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

Case studies

Modules

Overview

First we’ll teach you the fundamental scientific principles that support the mechanical and electrical building services. Then we’ll go more in-depth exploring how to operate and control heating, ventilation and air conditioning. In the final year we focus on sustainability: the dynamic thermal performance of buildings, energy resources, combined heat and power, wind power generation and lighting, electrical systems and distribution.

We set lots of design projects to simulate a working environment and you can expect to use computer modelling techniques to optimise and refine your design proposals.

For full-time students your third year placement gives you the chance to further hone your skills by developing real-world systems in professional environments.

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 help buildings to deliver on their potential. They work 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.

Take a look at some potential careers, including building services engineer, on Prospects.

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.

BEng degrees include additional science and maths; many recruiters look favourably on BEng graduates for this reason. If you combine your BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering with an accredited Masters, you can achieve Chartered Engineer status.

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

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

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

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.


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

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
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) £39375
International (including any optional years) £39375
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7875
AOS/LSBU code: 2090Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

Fee prices

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

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.

Possible fee changes

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%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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.

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Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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