Beautiful architecture. Solid structure. What else do buildings need? Try living in one without any heating, cooling, electrical power, lighting, water or drainage. What would it be like to work in a tower without lifts? How would you manage without telephones, an IT system or an internet connection? All of these systems and many more are designed by building services engineers. They turn buildings from empty shells into spaces fit for people to use.
What could you achieve?
From the very start of a building's design, building services engineers are involved helping architects and other members of the design team to get the size, shape and configuration of the building right, as well as determining strategies for designing energy efficient buildings, making them sustainable in the long term.
Buildings are responsible for a large chunk of carbon emissions, so this work makes a critical contribution to reducing a building's impact on climate change.
Of all the disciplines working in the built environment today, the building services engineer has the broadest reach and the deepest impact, affecting virtually every aspect of building design.
This course provides a broad basis of the technological areas of building services and energy engineering, with particular emphasis on the interaction between the built and natural environments, modern industry, and the analysis of developing technologies.
Professional and industry experienced, many of our teaching staff are recognised by the industry as Chartered Engineers. They have the knowledge, skills and experience to help you hit the ground running in your future careers. Browse our staff profiles to learn more about our teaching staff, including teaching background, research interests and academic areas of expertise.
Why study Building Services Engineering at LSBU?
Ranked 11th amongst UK competitors for Research Intensity in General Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
Heritage: we have been running courses for the Building Services Engineering industry since 1947.
Professional accreditation: accredited by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute.
We have one of the best laboratory–workshop complexes in London. Find out more information about our facilities.
The course is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering, or other relevant engineering disciplines, and who seek to develop specialised skills in building services engineering to enter this industry.
A BEng (Hons) degree in an appropriate discipline. Normally upper second class would be considered a minimum, but lower class may be acceptable depending on experience.
Cognate degrees in appropriate disciplines (e.g. physics, chemistry or mathematics) will be accepted provided the candidate demonstrates some knowledge of building services engineering.
Other qualifications may be accepted depending on age and experience. This category would normally be reserved for mature candidates who have had several years experience in the building services industry.
For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.
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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 Enrolment pages.
The course provides a practitioner perspective to analyse building energy requirements in terms of the external environment and internal space, and the effect on energy resources. We consider the principles of associated building engineering systems to understand control, simulation and modelling techniques.
As well as the core engineering skills, appropriate areas of management and research methods are studied to provide a balance foundation for specialist units. The MSc dissertation provides an opportunity to develop further research skills through in-depth and innovative thinking.
Thermal environment, acoustics and lighting The module provides an introduction to the processes and characteristics that determine the quality of the internal built thermal, acoustic and visual environment. The aims of this module are to examine the principal parameters that affect the thermal, acoustic and visual environment, and the theory and principles necessary for the design of the internal environment.
Heating and energy in buildings This module introduces the key components of building heating and cooling systems, and presents sizing methodologies of central plant and techniques for analysing energy consumption and carbon emissions. System configurations and controls are discussed that ensure optimum safe and efficient operation of the plant.
Energy resource and use analysis This module offers the opportunity to develop strategic and operational management skills in the fields of infrastructure asset management and project appraisal. It covers design life extensions, risk and asset management techniques for infrastructure, and techniques for physical appraisal of infrastructure, and their economic, environmental and social impacts.
Electrical power The module covers electrical power engineering as applied to the design of systems in buildings. In particular, this includes the connection of, and the effects of, small-scale embedded generation as might be employed to exploit renewable energy sources. The module aims to provide an appreciation and understanding of electrical services design in buildings with particular reference to safety requirements and the effects of embedded generation on the supplier and the consumer.
Sustainable refrigeration The module introduces the principles of thermodynamics, and applies them to the study and design of energy efficient refrigeration systems. Vapour compression, absorption and other novel cycles are analysed and modelled. Practical applications of sustainable refrigeration are investigated through case studies.
Ventilation and air conditioning This module introduces the theory and principles necessary for the evaluation of ventilation and cooling loads, the selection and design of ventilating and air conditioning systems. It examines the principles of operation and characteristics of contemporary systems and their associated controls and distribution systems with particular emphasis on energy use and heat recovery. It discusses the effect of system balancing and maintenance on the correct and energy efficient operation of the systems.
Energy engineering project The primary aim of the project is to provide an opportunity for students to develop their research skills by applying them to problems that require in-depth and innovative thinking. The topic for the project will be directly related to the specialisation being studied and the student will be expected to identify a suitable area of study in their chosen specialisation.
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:
Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
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.
LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Employment prospects are excellent. Construction and engineering activity is expected to accelerate in the UK, Europe and worldwide over the next 20 years and demand for building services engineers continues to outstrip supply.
Recent guest lecturers
Dr Guy Hundy, President, Institute of Refrigeration
David Hughes, President, CIBSE
Professor Martin Fry, Energy Consultant
Jonathan Evans, Norton Rose
The course is based in what was formerly the National College for Heating Ventilation and Refrigeration Engineering as well as Centre for Energy Studies, and maintains extremely strong links with all areas of the associated industries. Many of the leaders in energy and building services engineering fields are former LSBU students, lending much support in guidance and industrial collaboration, placement and employment.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute as meeting the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (with a suitable first degree). The course is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council.
The Energy Institute is the professional members' body for the energy industry, delivering good practice and professionalism across the sector. Its purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safer, more secure and sustainable energy system.
The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. It sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of Engineering titles.