Civil and Building Services EngineeringWe deliver professionally accredited construction, infrastructure, maintenance and sustainability courses and applied research
We’re a top modern university in London for research in General Engineering (REF 2014), with grants of £4million. Half of all our students study part-time and are employer sponsored.
We have a long history of educating engineering professionals. With roots in London Council School of Building (1904), Brixton School of Building (1940) and the National College for Heating, Ventilating, Refrigeration and Fan Research (1948), we've been delivering professional engineering education for over 100 years.
Specialising in civil and building services engineering allows engineers to utilise their talents in careers that develop complex systems, products and processes to solve useful and practical real-world problems, such as how to keep the underground cool in the most cost-efficient and effective way. The focus is very much kept on customer needs throughout the life cycle of design, testing, manufacturing, installation, operation, monitoring and future planning.
Employers actively look for graduates with accredited degrees. You'll find that all of our degrees are accredited by or developed in partnership with all the leading professional accrediting bodies. These essential relationships allow our students to graduate with internationally and professionally recognised qualifications – vital for their future careers.
Building services engineering
Our graduates work in the design, construction and consulting sectors, as well as in maintenance and facilities management. From the very start of the building design, engineers are involved helping architects and other members of the design team to get the size, shape and configuration of the building right. They determine strategies for designing energy efficient buildings, making them sustainable in the long term. Find out more about careers in building service engineering.
Through infrastructure projects, civil engineers make a difference to people's lives. They provide a water supply or road network, refurbish buildings, redevelop inner city areas or work on prestige projects like Crossrail. Graduates meet the diverse challenges of structural, highway and transportation, water, public health and geotechnical branches of civil engineering to make improvements and create solutions. Find out more about careers in civil engineering.
We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses (HNC, HND, BSc, BEng, MSc) in civil and building services engineering and related fields, such as acoustics. Courses carry professional accreditation. The School of Built Environment and Architecture is respected by the building industry and many of our students study on a part-time basis, sponsored by their employer.
The Institute of Acoustics certificate course is for technical and scientific staff, whose employment requires them to gain a working knowledge of noise or vibration measurement. Short course, 5 days full-time.View course
The Building Service Engineering Site Management Apprenticeship includes a degree qualification in Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) and a qualification leading towards Incorporated Engineer status.View course
The Building Services Design Engineering Apprenticeship includes a degree qualification in Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) and a qualification leading towards Incorporated Engineer status.View course
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Energy Institute, this BEng degree course is the first step to Chartered Engineer status.View course
The Civil Engineering Apprenticeship includes a degree qualification in Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) and a qualification leading towards Chartered Civil Engineer status.View course
Accredited by the Engineering Council, this course is the first step to becoming a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer. Course offered on a full-time, sandwich and part-time basis.View course
Approved by the JBM for Engineering Technician (EngTech) Status, this course is for those working in civil engineering and seeking to extend their technical education.View course
The Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship includes an HNC in Civil Engineering and will teach you the skills required to achieve Technician status.View course
BTEC Higher National Diploma, accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute. Delivered on a full-time or part-time day-release basis.View course
The Institute of Acoustics Diploma provides sufficient specialist academic training to satisfy the educational requirements for Membership of the Institute of Acoustics.View course
The Building Services Technician Apprenticeship includes an HNC in Building Service Engineering and a qualification leading towards Incorporated Engineer status.View course
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering and the Energy Institute, this Masters course is available on a part-time and full-time basis.View course
Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the further learning required for Chartered Engineer Status. This is the broadest of our three postgraduate Civil Engineering courses.View course
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and the Institute of Acoustics, this acoustics masters is a step towards Chartered Engineer Status. Study full-time or part-time.View course
Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators for Chartered Engineer Status. This advanced postgraduate course covers structural analysis, design and structural computing. Offered full-time and part-time.View course
We enhance students’ experience of civil and building services engineering with equipment-rich facilities. As the field expands into both applied science and engineering, there are many opportunities for students to develop their skills in the workshop, specialist £2.8 million sustainability centre, acoustic laboratory, digital robotics lab and Building Information Modelling Centre.
Our facilities for materials research are extensive and include sophisticated equipment for growing engineering coatings and functional thin films for devices such as solar cells. They support sophisticated characterisation techniques, including electron and atomic force microscopies and nanohardness testing that can probe materials at the nanoscale.
Take a virtual tour of the thermodynamics and strength of materials laboratories.
Facilities case studies
This unique resource supports the teaching, research and demonstration of low carbon energy technologies in the built environment. With our Flexible Climate Simulator we're testing and developing new techniques and systems. It allows us to construct full-scale and scaled environments to better understand climatic influence and be capable of controlling strict environmental conditions.
A rare find in London, our anechoic and reverberation chambers are key pieces of equipment in acoustic and environment testing work. Both chambers can be used for simulating idealised acoustic conditions for researching a number of noise phenomena: sound power determination, binaural recordings, measuring source directivity, the testing of hearing protectors and the demonstration of fundamental acoustic principles.
This advanced digital manufacturing robotic lab is designed for high-quality research, as well as developing commercial applications for architecture. This is achieved by using an industrial robotic arm in combination with quick change plates, which are able to easily modify the configuration of cells depending on the process to be applied.
BIM is an approach to managing and planning every aspect of design and operation in the construction process in a better, more efficient way to improve the basis upon which the construction industry and its clients operate. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector.
The Constructionarium is a national learning facility created for civil engineering undergraduates to gain a practical site experience. Spread over six days, the Constructionarium allows students to develop practical skills and establish working links with industry.
Accessing our facilities
Facilities, students and staff feature regularly in our knowledge transfer and consultation activities with industry. Read more about how the School works with business at LSBU.
Dr Issa Chaer has over 15 years of work experience in the Higher Education sector and is currently working at London South Bank University as Director of Enterprise for the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.
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.
Luis is an acoustician and academic with a 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.
Rusdy's teaching focuses on electrical building services engineering and lighting. He is Course Director for the BSc (Hon) Building Services Engineering.
Ivana has extensive knowledge of flexible offshore pipelines, oil platforms, offshore wind turbines, concrete structures, steel fibre reinforced concrete, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.
Simon Leung is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design within the School of Built Environment and Architecture. He brings in experience from the industry as a practising structural engineer and offers insights to next generation of engineers.
Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti is currently a Senior Lecturer in Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics at LSBU
Dr Esmail Mahmoudi Saber is interested in practical contexts of fluid mechanics and heat transfer in engineering disciplines and he conducted extensive research on application of these concepts in building systems.
Bridget's research interests include the acoustic design of schools and its impact on pupils and teachers. She became the first female President of the Institute of Acoustics when she was appointed to this role in 2012.