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Chemical and Process Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Overview

A bright future

With demand for graduates across industrial sectors from oil and gas to food and drink, plus the financial and environmental sectors, chemical engineering is a great choice. This course will prepare you for a career in which you'll research and test new products - be they petrol, plastics, medicines, food or drink - and make them commercially viable.

Why Engineering at LSBU?

Professional accreditation – we’re accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Engineering Council.
Rated excellent – we’re no. 1 in London for learning resources, academic support and assessment and feedback in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering (National Student Survey 2017).
Amazing facilities – we’ve invested over £1 million in our lab equipment since 2016.
Placement opportunities – in your third year you have the option to undertake a placement, giving you valuable experience.
Student satisfaction – we’re no 2 in London for student satisfaction in Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2018).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

The course blends traditional lectures, laboratory practices and computer workshops to give you a great learning experience. Mathematics and thermodynamics are essential supporting disciplines, leading on to in-depth analysis of chemical reaction, distillation, fluid flow and heat transfer. In your final year you’ll work with other students on a challenging exercise to design a complete manufacturing process form scratch. The course is tailored to meet industrial needs, meaning you'll gain the knowledge that recruiters favour.

Overall, the course is assessed 39% on coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering principles
    This module will help you develop your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level. It's designed to be accessible to students with a range of prior science specialisation. The module comprises two blocks of study. These will introduce the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics and mechanical and electrical principles. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Design and practice 1
    This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering
    This module provides an introduction to the scope and nature of the chemical and petroleum industries, the role of professional engineers within these industries, and key technical concepts underpinning chemical and petroleum engineering. You'll develop an understanding of the economic importance of these industries and the career pathways available to you. Key concepts in process analysis and resource utilisation will be introduced. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Engineering computing
    This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Chemical engineering processes 1
    The reaction principles part of this module covers the basic principles of reaction equilibrium, reaction kinetics, catalysis, description of reactor equipment and fundamental balances of ideal reactors. You'll be taught how to apply the basic knowledge of heat and mass transfer to the analysis and design of industrial processes involving simultaneous heat and mass transfer. These include humidification, evaporation, drying and crystallisation. You'll also be taught how to apply the gained knowledge to industrial applications in this module. Important industrial processes (e.g. fuel cells, hydrogen production, bio-fuel, catalytic cracking and membrane process) will be explored. Process applications will focus on one or more areas of importance in modern process industries. Case studies for these process applications will cover advanced chemical synthesis, biofuels and the hydrogen economy for the fuels cell processes. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Chemical engineering design and practice
    In this module you'll learn how to design processes and complete design calculations by hand and using appropriate computer packages. You'll be introduced to the principles of heat and mass transfer and their applications in chemical processes. The basic design of heat exchanger will also be introduced. The principles of project costing, project management and quality management will be introduced. The roles of professional engineers will be reviewed and you'll progress your professional development planning. A couple of visits to chemical plants will be carried out to give you an idea of how they work. Assessment methods: 70% coursework, 30% exam.
  • Thermodynamics
    This module builds on the preliminary concepts of thermodynamics introduced in Engineering Principles. It covers solving material and energy balances for non-reacting and reacting systems using appropriate thermodynamics diagrams and data; applying the first law of thermodynamics to problems involving energy transfer or thermochemistry; applying the second law of thermodynamics to problems involving heat and power; using thermodynamic property data to model chemical process systems.
  • Fluids and separation
    The reaction principles part of this module covers the basic principles of reaction equilibrium, reaction kinetics, catalysis, description of reactor equipment and fundamental balances of ideal reactors. You'll be taught how to apply the basic knowledge of heat and mass transfer to the analysis and design of industrial processes involving simultaneous heat and mass transfer. These include humidification, evaporation, drying and crystallisation. You'll also be taught how to apply the gained knowledge to industrial applications in this module. Important industrial processes (e.g. fuel cells, hydrogen production, bio-fuel, catalytic cracking and membrane process) will be explored. Process applications will focus on one or more areas of importance in modern process industries. Case studies for these process applications will cover advanced chemical synthesis, biofuels and the hydrogen economy for the fuels cell processes. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil). Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Principles of control
    This module aims to give a sound understanding of a range of topics in Control Systems Engineering. It will impart methods to model and analyse dynamical systems met in the engineering of systems such as robotics, automobiles, aircraft, automatic machinery, chemical process plant, etc. It will teach you to determine the stability of a system and to predict system responses in the time domain (transient and steady state) and in the frequency domain, as well as to handle the interconnection of many Single Input Single Output systems connected in feedback and feed forward configurations. The module will provide you with methods to specify supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and to modify the behaviour of a given system by using feedback control to improve stability, to make the system act quickly and precisely, and to reduce the effect of disturbances. Learning will be supported by a laboratory workshop that enables the study of control systems using both analysis methods and computer simulation using MATLAB and SIMULINK. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Chemical engineering design project
    This is an integrative project to plan, execute, review and report upon a piece of project work related to your BEng course. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Advanced fluids and control
    This module will Introduce the operational and control strategies of fermenter designs and non-ideal reactors. It will also discuss fluid mechanics for industrial applications, developing the understanding of compressible and incompressible fluid flow in pipes, converging and diverging nozzles, fluidised beds, and porous media. The theory of shocks as well as non-Newtonian fluids will also be introduced. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Process safety and environmental protection
    This module will look at the basic concepts of process safety and pollution control, and in so doing it will define the relationship between industry and environment. You'll understand the basic principles used in the design of safe environmentally sustainable processes with case studies drawn from the chemical and petroleum industry. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Chemical engineering processes 2
    This module has two elements. The part focussing on separation processes will develop your understanding of the design on advanced separation processes and will enhance your ability to apply learned fundamental knowledge to chemical processing applications. More complex separation problems, such as separation of multi-component mixtures by distillation and gas absorption, will be studied, together with adsorption and solvent extraction. The design of column internals will also be covered. The part focussing on chemical reactions will explore heat and mass transfer in chemical reactions, heterogeneous catalysis, and non-ideal reactors. You'll learn how to design a reactor by a mathematical approach and how to deal with its safe operation by a practical approach. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Plus one option from:

  • Clean process technology
    This module brings together and extends the concepts and knowledge in transport and separation processes, thermodynamics, and reaction engineering acquired in year one and two of the course to address opportunities for enhancing the efficiency, productivity and environmental acceptability of the process industries. This module will provides you with the knowledge and analytic skills to address issues of energy management, waste minimisation, and sustainability in the process industries through the study of process intensification, process integration, and new reaction and separations technologies.
  • Innovation and enterprise
    In the rapidly changing world around us, it's imperative that you're able to think dynamically to create advantage in your life. This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your prospective engineering field with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and better ways of doing things. It aims to equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. You'll be expected to reflect on what you can contribute towards a group. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Employability

You'll find a wealth of sectors open to you: oil and gas, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy and chemical products. You could run projects designing and simulating chemical processes or be a research and development engineer working on new plants, systems and processes.

Our vocational approach will make you an attractive prospect to employers – you’ll understand the theory, but also be able to apply your learning and skills to the workplace with confidence.

Your career

When you complete the course, you’ll be ready for a career as a professional engineer. You could be a petroleum engineer, using science and technology to design, operate and manage processes such as drilling and production for the recovery of oil and gas. You’d use complex mathematical models to ensure the material is recovered efficiently, as well as designing parts of the well and production systems. Typical earnings are £52,000-95,000 a year.

Or you could be a chemical engineer, working with process chemists and control engineers to make sure process parts are set up efficiently. You’d apply new technologies, design and install new product plants – this could be in manufacturing and packaging for pharmaceutical companies, or developing new methods of safe nuclear energy production. Experience engineers earn around £50,000.

We are 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.

Placements

Staff

Dr Elsa Aristodemou

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Elsa is course director of the Integrated Sciences for Sustainability programme and teaches on modules at all levels in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering area.


Dr Anna-Karin Axelsson

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering

Anna-Karin has over twenty years of expertise in the field of functional materials and engineering.


Dr Pedro Diaz

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor; Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Dr Diaz specialises in reservoir engineering, specifically in the areas of fluid–fluid and fluid–rock interactions, formation damage, and oil recovery methods. In academia he has researched in the areas of nano-materials, and enhanced oil recovery methods.


Dr Fatemeh Jahanzad

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Fatemeh has research interests in polymer reaction engineering, polymer nanoparticles, emulsions and emulsification techniques and is the Course Director of BEng Chemical and Process Engineering and BTEC HND Chemical Engineering.


Prof. Basu Saha

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering

Basu's research interests are in Greener and Sustainable Chemical Technology, Continuous Flow Reactions, Conversion of carbon-dioxide to Values Added Chemicals and Fuels.


Dr Donglin Zhao

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Zhao has wide interests in fundamental research on mass and heat transfer in multiphase systems. Oxyfuel combustion, H2 production and flow assurance in pipeline are his current research areas.


Facilities

Practical work forms an important part of the course, and modern, well-equipped laboratories at LSBU are provided for the study of chemistry, biology, engineering science and computer applications. This leads in later years to original lab-based investigations.

Find out more about our facilities.

  • Industry software for petroleum engineers

    Industry software for petroleum engineers

    Students in the subject areas of chemical, process and petroleum engineering at LSBU benefit from the detailed instruction they receive on a suite of industry-standard software packages that include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper and GAP.

Teaching and learning

You'll be timetabled to attend classroom and laboratory sessions, usually between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All classes take place on the Southwark Campus. Practical sessions include chemistry, chemical engineering and workshops.

Coursework

Nearly all course units have an element of coursework. The coursework may include: written essays, problem papers, laboratory reports, project reports, oral presentations, classroom tests and attendance marks. To pass the laboratory coursework, you must attend the practical sessions.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • 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.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
H801
Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
H801
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 2134Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £39375
International (including any optional years) £39375

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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