South Bank University

London, United Kingdom

No. Students: 25,000 (3,000 int'l)*
Funding type: Public
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Courses meet real-world needs

We give our students the talent to meet workplace needs to improve their career progression. Course content sees students carry out cutting-edge radiography examinations; design for international rugby league teams; start their own theatre company; create innovative products like the Tyligo or turn a hobby into a career. We won the bid to be the only London university to offer government staff both the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA).

First-class facilities and campus investment

As part of our ongoing campus developments, we've recently opened learning facilities and staff offices in our highly innovative K2 building, which was built with sustainability very much in mind. The next wave of development will see an improved Students' Union, extended student centre and campus landscaping.

Whatever the course, we have the facilities to fully support it. Whether our students spend time in our research and skills laboratories, workshops, media centre, theatre, library or Learning Resources Centre they're offered the appropriate technologies and expert support to complete their experience.

Helping our students succeed

Our staff greatly enhance our students' success. Their well-deserved reputation for creating personalised support, helps students identify and develop their achievements through individual and group tutorials, seminars and workshops. The university is also committed to help students with any financial, emotional and cultural challenges.

Creating change for business
We're the most popular university for businesses seeking relevant expertise and knowledge to improve their productivity and performance (source: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), Feb 2010). Businesses often have innovative ideas but lack the internal expertise or funding to make it happen. KTPs have an outstanding record in achieving innovation, enterprise and skills, matching student and academic expertise with business goals. They help businesses reap the rewards that a longer-term project can offer.

World-class research and professional accreditations
We're rated the number one post-92 university in London for research in sport-related subjects and we're one of the UK's top 20 institutions for engineering research, with the majority of our work rated as internationally excellent (source: Research Assessment Exercise 2008).

Many of our courses are accredited by leading industry bodies including law, architecture, engineering and accountancy. We train 1 in 5 of London's nurses, 1 in 12 of the world's surveyors, are an authorised Apple Training Centre and part of a major innovative into improving building sustainability through our Centre of Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB).


London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London's largest and oldest universities. Since 1892 we have been providing students with relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education. We are a cosmopolitan university with over 25,000 students from over 120 countries. We are proud to have received the highest possible rating for the quality of our education, from the independent Quality Assurance Agency, and proud of our achievements in delivering excellent student outcomes. For example, our students achieve the 12th highest starting salaries of any university in the UK (Sunday Times University Guide 2011), we are rated in the top 25% of all universities in the UK for adding value to students (Guardian League Table 2011), and our alumni hold leading positions in sectors as diverse as the NHS, property and NGOs. The majority (67%) of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, giving our students maximum exemptions when pursuing further professional exams and we recognise that many students manage study alongside work or other commitments, so we offer the flexibility to study the majority of our courses in a part-time mode.

Our main campus is a short walk from many of London's major landmarks and we're at a hub of local transport. Waterloo and London Bridge are some of our nearest stations and the London Underground is on our doorstep.


Creating the right environment to learn leading technologies, where you can benefit from realistic workplace exposure and be given the space to think are key parts of our student success. We appreciate facilities alone are no guarantee of success so all of our workshops and laboratories are supported by dedicated technical professionals. Whether your interests are study, research or business development we have the facilities, specialist equipment and talented staff to maximise on your time at London South Bank University (LSBU).

Workplace experience

Across our faculties we have stunning practical areas that have been especially designed to create scenarios students will find in the workplace. Recent developments include the purpose-built space for our Education students with specialist classrooms for ICT, maths, research, PE and dance. Our health students use a new suite of state-of-the-art skills laboratories, with life-like hospital wards and a radiography-testing suite with the latest specialised 3-D imaging.

Highly specialised labs

Our fully-equipped practical sessions create realistic environments. Highlights include our Psychology labs with research testing cubicles, a workshop/chemical lab, eye tracker/physiology suite and interviewing rooms. Students carry out psychometric assessments and the computer lab has 30 PCs with a range of psychological software, stocking around 1500 test items. Our Spatial Analysis and Informatics Lab (SAIL) features Geographic Information System (GIS) software on its 30 networked computers creating an excellent platform for applied research.

Arts and Media Centre

Our purpose-built teaching and production facility is an Authorised Apple Training Centre, with over 120 Apple Intel computers and all major software packages expected in a professional environment. We have video editing suites, an audio mix studio, audio recording booths and a photographic studio with printing and scanning facilities for high-end production. Our Kit Room loans equipment including video and photography cameras, microphones and field recording equipment for production work.

Leading workshops and practical areas

Our engineering workshops feature a wide range of specialist large-scale equipment and students use the only workshops of this quality in London. Equipment highlights include the latest Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining technology and industry-standard lathes. These are regularly used by our experienced design and engineering students to produce intricate models for their practical work. Our crime scene definitely gives our criminology students something to think about, as they collect samples and evidence to help towards solving the crime.

All the support you need

We offer our students a number of resources to make their time at university highly successful. Our Centre for Learning Support and Development manages an exciting range of resources to support learning ability, special needs and career progression. Our Students' Union offer a number of welfare resources to help support personal aspects. Our teaching staff are renowned for the high levels of support they offer our students. Working together we hope to ensure that every student is able to make the most of their potential during their time here.

Contemporary theatre

The Edric Hall is a fully-restored performance hall that has been at the heart of our university for over 100 years. Today it is a contemporary performance space with a main auditorium, a smaller performance and rehearsal studio and a third smaller space for seminars and more intimate events. All spaces are fitted with lighting and sound equipment for performance and AV teaching resources and a number of highly successful student theatrical works have been performed here for the very first time.

Student life

Student support

Set in the heart of this culturally diverse city, with students from all over the world, we provide a variety of highly-prized quality learning support services and specialist technologies through our Centre for Learning Support & Development to meet our students varied learning needs.

This specialist centre offers help with a range of issues that can impact on students while they study. Skills for Learning offers workshops and one-to-one sessions to support and develop a variety of academic and professional skills. We also offer specialist help for those with a disability, dyslexia or a mental health condition as well as students looking for particular help with money issues and personal development. Employability & Careers can not only help you find employment, but also assist with planning your career, writing your CV and learning effective interview technique.

At LSBU we fully understand that today's students need to use a mixture of books, journals and electronic materials to complete their studies. Whether you want to study at work, home or the university you can access many of the University's information services via the library website.

There you'll find a large number of very useful resources including access to over 11,000 journals; our library catalogue where you can identify books to borrow, reserve items on loan or renew your own loans; access over 80 databases of subject information and full text articles; find links to the best subject sites for research and read the main English newspapers from the past three years.

Help is also available if you're looking for information on how to get started with IT and available IT resources. Other detailed information on LSBU's learning and IT are available through our Student Gateway.

Care Leavers

If you've recently left care and are wondering what your next step should be then we could help if you're interested in applying to university and offer you a range of support once you're here. See our specialist details for Care Leavers.

University life

Whether studying at LSBU takes you just a few miles from home or on your first trip to the city we want you to feel very welcome here. We know that student life is far more than just what you learn in the lecture room or research laboratory. The ways you, your family and your interests fit into your student life will all impact on your success here.


Our university accommodation is based across four student residences all within a ten-minute walk of our Southwark campus. In total, we have 1,400 single bedrooms to offer to our students and all those studying full-time are eligible for a place. There is the option of en-suite facilities and most rooms have a phone and data point for internet access. A number of our rooms have also been adapted for students with limited mobility.

Employment & careers

Whether you are looking for work while you study or are thinking ahead to after you graduate, our careers specialists can help. Employability & Careers is a professional information, advice and guidance service offering a range of free of charge services to all LSBU students and recent graduates. As well as hosting careers fairs and one-to-one interviews they also have a very comprehensive careers library.

Free time

Whether you need to grab a refreshing hot drink or want to enjoy a meal we have various food outlets across the campus. If you also have an appetite for something more active then our on-site sports facilities offer a 40-station fitness suite, a free-weights room for strength and conditioning and a Sports Injury Clinic for sports massage or physiotherapy treatment. Our Students' Union is the location for many of the social activities that happen on campus, with a diary of events that go on throughout the year.

For other ways to stay healthy while studying you may well need to consult one of a range of doctors and healthcare providers located around the campus. The general health and safety of our students is very important to us and we have a range of documents online that will answer all your queries.

Support services

People are at the heart of university life and they are catered for in a variety of ways. Our welcoming and comfortable nursery has places for 47 children aged between six months and five years and operates for most of the year. Our multi-faith care is currently provided by three Christian chaplains and a Jewish chaplain who offer their confidential, non-judgemental pastoral care. The University has a room available for private prayer and meditation and a number of student societies that represent various religions and denominations.

Equality and diversity

The University is fully committed to equality and diversity. We wish to work together to build a learning community founded on equality of opportunity and a learning community that celebrates the rich diversity of our student and staff populations.

Our Student Union is the centre of the student social scene and home to a number of services. Our Athletic Union provides a wide variety of sports clubs and our mix of societies cover cultural interests, course concerns and external matters. Run for students by students the union represents them from within the University and through the National Union of Students.

Master's Programmes at South Bank University

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