London South Bank University


Established as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, the original aim of London South Bank University (LSBU) was ‘to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women’, which remains remarkably similar today. Our continuous focus on vocational education and professional opportunity allows us to produce graduates who can meet the challenges of today’s workplace.

Why choose London South Bank University?
Why choose LSBU

Located minutes from the centre of London, LSBU has been preparing and developing students for their working lives for over 120 years. Here at LSBU we put our students first and almost 2,000 International students from over 130 countries have chosen this University.

Tuition fees
Full-time fees for the academic year 2015-2016 for International students 

Programme of study



from £10,500

Sandwich Year


MSc, MA, PgDip

from £7,500



MPhil, PhD

from £10,500

International students are expected to have sufficient funds to maintain themselves and pay their tuition fees in line with the Home Office Tier 4 policy requirements. Student fees and financial support for international students differ considerably from that offered to students defined as Home or EU. It is important to determine whether or not you are classed as a Home or EU student.

How to apply

To apply for a foundation course at LSBU you need to have one of the following:

  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with overall marks of 50% plus
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate

If your qualification is higher than this see our undergraduate or postgraduate sections.

Undergraduate course requirements

To apply for an undergraduate course at LSBU you need to have one of the following:

  • Three passes at GCE A Level (required grades dependant on LSBU course applied for)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 points or higher
  • Accredited UK Foundation programme: 55-60% or higher
  • Two-year Bachelor Degree from a recognised institution in Pakistan: 60% or higher

Possible advanced entry or top-up


  • Accredited UK Higher National Diploma (Possible second year or top-up entry): Upper or Lower Credit
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent


Please note: some LSBU courses require specific units/subjects at HSC/A Level/IB etc. See individual course entry requirements for details.

If your qualification is higher than this see our information for postgraduates or if it is lower than this please see the information for foundation courses.

Postgraduate course requirements

To apply for a postgraduate course at LSBU you need to have one of the following:

  • Four year Bachelor degree (1st class)
  • Two year Bachelor degree and two year Masters degree (1st class).

Please note: Some LSBU courses require specific units/subjects for the first degree. A small number of LSBU courses also require relevant work experience. See individual course entry requirements for details.


The main campus populates a triangular section of roads in the Borough of Southwark, immediately north of the Elephant and Castle. London’s South Bank is a walk or bus-ride away at Waterloo. To the north of the campus is Borough Road, where the main entrance is situated and the original building of the Borough Polytechnic Institute. To the west is London Road and to the east is Southwark Bridge Road. At the northwest corner is St George’s Circus.

Schiller International University had a campus in the Technopark Building on the London South Bank University property. In August 2011 Schiller stated that it was closing its London campus and will not start the Autumn 2011 semester there, due to stricter student visa requirements in the United Kingdom.

There is a smaller satellite campus in east London: at Havering (LSBU at Havering), diagonally opposite Harold Wood station.

Organisation and academic life

The university has four faculties covering health and social care; business; arts and human sciences; and engineering, science and the built environment.

At the end of 2009 it opened K2, a new sustainable teaching building which houses the training and demonstrating Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB). The building also houses skills laboratories for the University’s nursing studients. Further campus developments include a new Student Centre, due to open late 2012, followed by an Enterprise Centre in 2013.

The British painter David Bomberg taught Art at the Borough Polytechnic between 1945 and 1954. One of the university’s halls of residence, David Bomberg House, carries his name and a handful of his works are on display at the University. Major paintings by Bomberg were acquired by the Tate Gallery after his death.

The University’s main campus is close to many of London’s major landmarks and tourist attractions on the South Bank and in easy reach of overground trains, the London Underground and many bus routes.

LSBU works in partnership with many institutions in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. It currently works closely with a number of Chinese Higher Education Institutions, including Beijing Institute of Technology, Hunan University, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, Northwestern Polytechnical University, National Academy of Education Administration etc. The collaborative educational programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels have been running for over ten years with the Chinese partners.

LSBU is the first university sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) to establish a Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in London

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