BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering

London South Bank University

Program Description

BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering

London South Bank University

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.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 4.5 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus


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 modeling techniques to optimize 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
  • Building services engineering principles
  • Construction practice
  • Introduction to building services
  • Internal environment and comfort
  • Heating and ventilation systems

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics
  • Thermofluids engineering
  • Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump engineering
  • Integrated building design
  • Project and business management
  • Electrical services in buildings

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Energy management and controls
  • Passive building design
  • Major project

Plus two modules from either the electrical or mechanical route:

Electrical route

  • Electrical power systems and distribution
  • Lighting and electrical systems

Mechanical route

  • Heat and mass transfer applications
  • Thermal energy systems


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 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 favorably 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.

Employability Service

We are the 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.

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 mathematics, scientific and management skills are needed to meet the requirements of Chartered Engineer status. Many recruiters will look favorably on BEng graduates for this reason.

Year Tutoring

As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have meetings with your year tutor in small groups every week throughout your course. One-on-one meetings can be arranged on request. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person

Entry requirements

  • 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
36 - 54 
Part time
Full time
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £5550; International fee: £7875
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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