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Chemical and Process Engineering BEng (Hons)


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Chemical engineering covers the development, design and operation of processes in which materials undergo physical and chemical changes to produce products ranging from petrol to plastics, medicines to food and drink.

7 reasons to study here

Future proof: Industry that is firmly focused on meeting the challenges of tomorrow; using the earth's resources as efficiently as possible to provide for the needs of future generations.
Professional accreditation: Accredited by IChemE and Engineering council - provides some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Overall excellence: No. 1 University in London for learning resources, academic support and assessment and feedback in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, National Student Survey (National Student Survey 2017).
Industry-standard software: Access to industry level £1 million software suite sponsored by leading suppliers.
Brand new equipment: Over £1 million invested in lab equipment in 2016. Tour the lab.
Work experience: You'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.
Student Satisfaction: No. 2 in London for student satisfaction in Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2018)

This degree course covers...

This course builds on your science knowledge base to include advanced topics. This course covers:

  • Reactor design
  • Separation processes
  • Computer modelling
  • Control of processes
  • Project management skills.


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

Case studies


The course places an emphasis on the traditional elements of chemical engineering which underpin design in the oil and chemical sectors of the process industries. Mathematics and thermodynamics are essential supporting disciplines here, and study of these leads on to in-depth analysis of chemical reaction, distillation, fluid flow and heat transfer. In your final year, besides advanced topics such as reactor design and distillation, the course focuses on the relationship between industry and its environment. You'll work with other students on a challenging exercise to design a complete manufacturing process from scratch.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 39% 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.


Industry needs chemical engineers who understand how to apply science to practical use in a cost-effective way.These courses take you from post-A-level science to advanced topics such as process safety studies and analysis of pollution control systems. You will learn how business organisations work, how to analyse and understand balance sheets and the skills of project management. On completion, you will be ready for a career as a professional engineer. 

This course will equip you with the skills to work in a wide range of chemical engineering roles, including: organising and running projects for engineering companies; designing and simulating chemical processes; working on-site as a process engineer; and developing new plants, systems and processes as a research and development engineer. 

The vocational approach to teaching taken at LSBU will have a positive impact on your employability. This is because our graduates understand the theory, but can also confidently apply that learning and adapt their skills to the workplace. As a graduate you'll have a number of practical key skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers, such as, the ability to complete analytical investigative work, laboratory and workshop techniques and safe practice, and experience working independently or as part of a team.

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in the oil and gas, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy and chemical products industries.

What to expect from your career

Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineers use science and technology to design, operate and manage processes such as drilling and production processes for the recovery of oil and gas. Petroleum engineers also work closely with (petroleum) geologists and geophysicists to identify reservoir rocks and geological traps that may have accumulated oil or gas that may be recoverable. The petroleum engineer is therefore involved with the exploration drilling of wells to determine the viability for production.

Petroleum Engineers find themselves working with geoscientists, other engineers and commercial managers to reveal the ideal locations to locate wells and predict how much oil or gas could be extracted. They use complex mathematical models to ensure the material is recovered as efficiently as possible. They'll design parts of the well and production systems, and give feedback to clients. Typical earnings range from £52,000 to £95,000 a year.

Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineers work with process chemists and control engineers to make sure process plants are set up efficiently. They configure equipment all the while taking environmental and economic aspects of their role into consideration. They'll apply new technologies, design, install and commission new production plants and ensure safety issues are considered at all stages. Examples of the kind of work involved include manufacturing and packaging for pharmaceutical companies, or developing new methods of safe nuclear energy production. Experienced engineers earn around £50,000.

Benefits of professional accreditation

Our degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), which means that successful graduates will be able to apply to become Chartered Engineers. 

On average, Chartered Engineers earn around £15,000 a year more than their colleagues, so the opportunity to start your career with chartered status gives you an exceptional advantage over other candidates. It is also a demonstration of the close relationship we have with the industry, and the way in which we work together to make sure that we are delivering the kind of graduate that the industry needs.

Progression to postgraduate studies

As a graduate you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. There are number of active research areas in Chemical Engineering Group at LSBU, such as, nanotechnology and biofuels production.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

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.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career 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 network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page


You are encouraged to break your academic studies and take an industrial placement in your third year (Sandwich Course). During this placement you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice. This is an opportunity to understand the way industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities of the commercial environment.

Placement years are a great opportunity and many students get their first job offers through their training year. Some students are able to spend the year working outside the UK, in Europe, and sometimes further afield.


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.


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.

  • 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.


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.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed study
Year 1 32% 68%
Year 2 37% 63%
Year 3 22% 78%

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
3 years
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Application code
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4 years
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Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – 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 Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
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

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

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. 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 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

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.

Case studies

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.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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