University profile

London South Bank University

2022/23 edition

About London South Bank University

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a cosmopolitan university with a can do, go do attitude, welcoming over 15,000 students from 130+ countries and a global alumni network of over 80,000.

LSBU has served south London and beyond for over 125 years with a consistent commitment to providing high-quality education to all. The university has strong links with employers and courses are applied, accredited and offer placement opportunities.

The university is made up of seven schools offering both research and taught postgraduate courses:

University of the Year for Graduate Employment

Student success is clear with LSBU ranking in the top ten universities in the UK for highest graduate salaries*. In 2019 LSBU was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment for an unprecedented second year in a row*.

The university was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

* Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 2019.

Taught masters courses

LSBU has the highest possible rating for the quality of their education, from the independent Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Courses are accredited or developed in association with leading professional bodies.

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Real world teaching

As an LSBU student, you’ll benefit from courses that are either accredited or developed in partnership with relevant industries, and learn from academics that are experts in their chosen fields.

You’ll find a curriculum that’s enriched with cutting-edge, work-based projects which will grant you the opportunity to go on placements giving you the experience and knowledge you need to succeed in the real world.

Bursaries and scholarships

Considerable financial help is available for well-qualified and ambitious postgraduate (and international) students through scholarships, bursaries and other financial support.

Visit our website for the latest Postgraduate scholarships and International scholarships.

Research opportunities

As well as addressing the challenging issues faced by society today, the University’s applied research seeks to provide solutions to the business world and beyond.

London South Bank University has 15 research centres and 37 research groups, each delivering a wide range of applied research, often with commercial partners. For example – the University’s pioneering research in foot and ankle biometrics helped develop products for global brand Fitflop, while research on cooling the London Underground has been incorporated into a £500m upgrade of the tube system. Read more about research output.

Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) the University emerged as one of the top three modern universities in London after 73% of its research was given the two highest ratings (4* and 3*) for 'impact' – an assessment of the reach and significance a research project has achieved.

The London Doctoral Academy is the new home for the University’s postgraduate research students – and any funded studentships will be listed here. The Academy supports and develops professional researchers who are driven to make a difference in the world, whether that’s by influencing government policy or changing the way industries work.

Student support

LSBU gives you the support and flexibility you need to succeed. Studying has to be a part of real life – you may need to earn some extra income, or having some trouble settling into your first year.

The Student Life Centre is there to make your experience as easy as possible. Many factors can have an impact on students’ success, which is why we do everything we can to make sure you get the support you need.

The Skills for learning team provides workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to offer development of academic and professional skills.

We also provide a Disability & Dyslexia Support (DDS) service which is dedicated for students who have a long term condition.


LSBU’s Southwark campus is in Elephant & Castle, without a doubt one of the most vibrant areas in London. There’s so much to see and do within a short walk of the campus. Being here means you’ll have sights, attractions and nightlife on your doorstep.

The Skills for Learning Centre offers students a range of learning and study facilities through interactive workshops, one-to-one tutorials and drop-in sessions delivered by experienced learning developers. In addition we provide specialist study materials through our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle site and libraries on our Southwark and Havering campuses provide our students with access to a wide range of books, journal articles and other specialist materials.

To find out more about the facilities we have at the university, visit our website.

Open days

Come to our next Open Day and find out why we have been voted University of the Year for Graduate Employment for an unprecedented second year in a row. Our Southwark campus is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames.

We have events both on our main Southwark campus, and specialised nursing events in Havering.

Visit our Open Days page for the latest events.

January start

Why wait until September? Apply now for courses starting in January

Looking to transform your career path or start your studies earlier? There’s no need to wait for September. We offer you the opportunity to start some of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses in January. Learn more here

Contact details

0800 923 88 88
London South Bank University
90 London Road
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