With demand for graduates across industrial sectors from energy to food and drink, pharmaceuticals, and 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.
On this course, you will study process management and how this relates to chemical engineering. You will gain a solid knowledge in reactor and process design, process simulation, energy integration and materials engineering, all of which which is increasingly required in chemical plants.
Why Chemical Engineering at LSBU?
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LSBU has an enviable reputation for employability and entrepreneurship. Our graduates find opportunities across the world and make an impact wherever they go.
Ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst London competitors in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering (National Student Survey 2020)
The MSc course offers a specialisation route for chemical engineering graduates, or a conversion route for non-chemical engineering graduates.
The standard requirement for admission will be a 2.2 or higher first degree in engineering or a physical science from a UK university, or equivalent degree from overseas. Entrants from a science route must, by their degree or otherwise, be sufficiently prepared for the mathematical content of the course. Applicants must also meet the University's standard requirement for English, i.e. IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580 or equivalent.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme
If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. ATAS certificate is a requirement for enrolment at the University, you will need one if you are an international student applying to study for a postgraduate qualification in the UK and it is now a requirement for every Visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.
The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.
The CAH code for this course is CAH10-01-09.
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The modules develop key chemical engineering skills for those who are new to the subject and further enhance the understanding of chemical engineering graduates. You will learn, at an advanced level, about sustainable energy, engineering management, chemical process management, reaction engineering, and materials engineering over two semesters. Dissertation stretches from semester 1 to semester 2 and over the summer.
The course consists of modules with a total credit value of 180 credits which are made up of 6 standard modules of 20 points each and the dissertation module of 60 points.
Multiphase fluid flow This module will equip you with the principles, mathematical equations and problem-solving approaches for the transport of multiphase fluids in chemical engineering practices, with a focus on applications such as; packed columns for gas absorption; bubble columns, and bubble motion in fluidised beds; and gas-oil-water flow through porous media.
Chemical process management This module introduces the design and management of modern chemical processes within the prevailing economic, regulatory and environmental constraints. The module focuses on process design and management principles, profitability measures, safety and environmental management.
Advanced reaction engineering This provides you with a deep understanding of the principles of reactor design and of the reasons underlying the selection of reactor type to meet particular sets of process conditions, as well as accounting for safety and sustainability considerations.
Energy management and sustainability The module focuses on the emerging field of bio-refining, as compared and opposed to oil-refining. You learn about bio-fuels, biochemical production as well as important biomass feedstock, conversion technologies, final products, environmental impact using LCA and sustainability analysis.
Advanced materials engineering Through this module you learn the importance of material engineering in the process industry for improving performance, efficiency, sustainability and profitability. It describes, through a broad range of industrial case studies, how engineers develop, synthesise and analyse materials to create a range of products with distinct material properties used in industry.
Engineering management This module enables you to take an engineering management role related to chemical industries. It teaches you the management principles and techniques, planning, monitoring and controlling design resources, organisational aspects and leadership skills.
Dissertation This year-long module is the heart of the course where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate, integrate and apply your knowledge of chemical engineering to conduct a research project under the supervision of an expert academic. You will be part of a research team and carry out an experimental, design or simulation work, obtain and analyse your results, and communicate them with means of reports and oral presentations.
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:
Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
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.
LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Chemical engineering is a significant growth sector for the UK and across the world. The solutions to our current problems will be solved by creative and energetic engineers ~ this is your time to make a difference ~ be that in the pharmaceutical, processing, agriculture, working in the one of largest companies of the world such as GSK or a local start up you will have the skills to address these challenges.
LSBU has an enviable reputation for employability and entrepreneurship. Our graduates find opportunities across the world and make an impact where-ever they go. The combination of Engineering and LSBU’s focus on high quality teaching and skills development with a vocational drive is key to the success of our graduates ~ study with us and doors will open as you embark on the journey that is your career.
This degree focuses on developing your skills as a chemical engineer and you'll find a wealth of sectors open to you: chemical industries, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy and oil and gas industries. 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.
The programme has been designed to give maximum opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for a full career using the techniques learned on the course.
We are seeking accreditation for this degree by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council, which offers the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer following from the previously accredited programmes.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for people with relevant experience in chemical engineering. Having this accreditation helps progression towards Chartered Engineer status, which is an internationally recognised qualification.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
Teaching and Assessment
As the teaching team in the Division of Chemical and Energy Engineering, we are enthusiastic about our teaching and research. We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in chemical engineering, energy engineering, and materials engineering, some with industrial experience.
Many of the teaching team have significant experience in delivering solutions in industry or have performed world leading research. The team is available and ready to support your learning experience and enrich it with current examples as you move through the degree.
All modules are taught through a combination of three or more of lectures, tutorials, computer workshop, laboratory practical, seminars and group work which deliver the intended knowledge and understanding, and intellectual/practical/transferrable skills. There are workshops which are run by external guest lecturers from relevant industries.
Most modules are assessed through both examination and individual/group coursework, with typical weightings of 60% examination and 40% coursework. The dissertation is based on 100% coursework with a focus on delivery of reports and/or presentations and viva.