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Chemical and Process Engineering MEng (Hons)


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Our MEng (Hons) Chemical and Process Engineering option offers you a chance to combine undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study over four years. You’ll prepare for a career in which you’ll research and test new products, make them commercially viable, implement them on an industrial scale and continue to improve them.

6 reasons to study here

Career progression: Extends studies to Masters level and provides greater breadth and depth of study which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Student satisfactions: No.2 university in London for student satisfaction for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
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.
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.

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
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
5 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 develops the students' understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level and introduces the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics, mechanical and electrical principles, and engineering materials and their properties.
  • Design and practice 1
    The module is for all undergraduate year one engineering students, it covers practical work, design activities, sustainable development principles, project management, health and safety and risk management, and transferable skills.
  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. Module includes using vector and matrix algebra to solve engineering problems, applied calculus, use of mathematical software such as MATLAB and MATHCAD to plot functions and solve equations, debugging faulty program designs and using software to model and analyse engineering problems.
  • 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 history and economic importance of these industries. Key concepts in process analysis and resource utilisation will be introduced, and the technological properties and chemistry of major industrial chemicals and petroleum products will be studied. It introduces simple concepts of petroleum geology, with an initial study of reservoirs.
  • Engineering computing
    This module addresses 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 provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. The aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of computer programming using Matlab. You will be able to articulate specifications for requirements to gain experience in decomposing problems, and to design and realise programmes in Matlab on a standard PC system and use standard methods in doing so. You will be encouraged to use a logbook, work systematically and make good use of your time, which will help you to develop good engineering habits and the skills for self-learning.

Year 2

  • Chemical engineering processes 1
    You'll study 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 learn 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 cover advanced chemical synthesis, biofuels and the hydrogen economy for the fuels cell processes. 
  • Chemical engineering design and practice
    This module particularly builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Design and Practice. You will learn how to design processes and complete design calculations by hand and using appropriate computer packages. The principles of project costing and project management will be introduced. Principles of quality management. The roles of professional engineers will be reviewed and students will progress their professional development planning.
  • 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
    This module covers the basic concepts and principles underlying the physical separation of ideal binary liquid mixtures. It also covers the design of stage-wise and differential distillation and gas absorption processes for the separation of ideal binary mixtures. Equipment design for separation of particles in suspension from a liquid or a gas are introduced, looking at mechanical separations and related unit operations such as: sedimentation, centrifugation, filtration, membrane separations, fluidisation processes, and crystallisation.The physical principles of fluid mechanics for fluid flow in pipes (with frictional losses) are taught, together with design of piping systems (parallel or in series), as well as an introduction to single particle dynamics in fluids, associated drag force and drag coefficients and Stoke’s law; application of Stoke’s law in a cyclone separator.
  • 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). This module's aims are to develop your knowledge and understanding of advanced engineering mathematics, to provide you with the core skills that will enable you to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of a variety of engineering problems. 
  • Principles of control
    This module is an introduction to the theory and practice of continuous-time feedback control systems to enable the design and implementation of servo tracking systems for linear dynamical systems.

Year 3

Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Chemical engineering design project
    This module particularly builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Design and Practice at Level 4. You will learn how to design processes and complete design calculations by hand and using appropriate computer packages. The principles of project costing and project management will be introduced. Principles of quality management. The roles of professional engineers will be reviewed and students will progress their professional development planning.
  • Chemical engineering processes 2
  • Advanced fluids and control
    You'll be introduced to the operational and control strategies of fermenter designs and non-ideal reactors. The module discusses the 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 are also introduced. 
  • Process safety and environmental protection
    This module will look at the basic concepts of process safety and pollution control and in so doing define the relationship between industry and environment. You'll explore the basic principles used in the design of safe environmentally sustainable  processes with case studies drawn from the chemical and petroleum industry. 

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
    The module is intended to be practical, you'll develop an idea in such a way that it becomes a practical, profitable propositions. You will practice ways of finding ideas, testing those ideas and developing them, and will write your own business strategy, risk assessment and scenario testing to demonstrate the commercial viability of your ideas. One of the assignments will require you to work in a group. Your group project might be to develop a product or a service (such as consultancy or contract management). Topics you will gain an insight into include: intellectual property, market research, market placement, advertising and finance.

Year 5

  • Group project
  • Advanced reaction engineering
  • Materials engineering

Plus optional modules from:

  • Introduction to project management
  • Process management
  • Energy management and sustainability
  • Multiphase fluid flow


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.

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.


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 AAB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions 6 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 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
4 years
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Application code
Application method
5 years
Start date
Application code
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

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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