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Built Environment Studies (MSc)

Course Description

Debates concerning the quality and design of the built environment, transport infrastructures, housing provision, urban regeneration, conservation and the natural environment continue to dominate policy making. You'll design your own package of study from across a range of built environment specialisms so that you can develop your professional skills and career opportunities.

You'll study a bespoke higher degree in the subjects that you choose. These will be drawn from existing postgraduate programmes in disciplines such as: Urban Planning, Urban Design, International Planning, Urban Regeneration, Housing Studies, International Tourism, Real Estate, Property Development and Planning, Civil Engineering, Construction and Construction Project Management, Building and Quantity Surveying. The course provides you with the opportunity to study a unique blend of technical, managerial and policy issues.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/built-environment-msc


The students will choose with the guidance of the Course Director and/or Personal Tutor a bespoke set of modules for the approval of the Programme Board. The student will be aided in their choice of modules by the Course Director. Modules will need to provide the theoretical basis for the dissertation.

Parent Masters

Students choose modules from a set of parent Masters courses which focus on different aspects of the built environment. They are free to choose which ever modules they like, so long as the Programme Board is confident they have the necessary skills and experience to tackle the modules chosen. See the list of parent courses here - http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/built-environment-msc#course_tab_modules

The Dissertation is a core module for the award of the MSc. It should be noted that a programme of research methods is incorporated into the module.

- Assessment
Modules are assessed by a range of coursework, design and practice-based projects, presentations and a dissertation.


Currently there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so the demand for our postgraduate courses is particularly high. If you're interested in housing as a career you could find yourself working in private and social housing or the maintenance and management of public, private and commercial buildings.

This course can provide a broad foundation from which to launch a career within built environment professions, or a specific vehicle for constructing a bespoke package of modules of continuing professional development for existing professionals wishing to acquire new skills relevant to their changing career needs.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. Whilst this course is not subject to professional accreditation, the parent courses from which modules are chosen do carry professional accreditation by organisations such as the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Visit the Built Environment Studies (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship - 20+ Awards

At London South Bank University (LSBU) we understand how important a postgraduate degree is to career progression and professional fulfilment. The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme offers a range of awards from £1,000 bursaries to full fee waivers, creating opportunities for a variety of postgraduate students. The programme is made possible by donations to the University's Annual Fund from alumni and other supporters.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Home, EU or International students who have firmly accepted their unconditional or conditional offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate programme at LSBU are invited to apply for a scholarship in up to three categories. Their application will be assessed and, if successful, the student will receive one award. Only one application is allowed.

Application Procedure

You will be invited to apply online via email after you firmly accept your unconditional or conditional offer to study at LSBU. We recommend you apply for your place at LSBU as soon as possible to ensure you have been made an offer by the scholarship deadline of Friday 10 July, 2015.

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