Are you looking for a fascinating career that uses creative processes to make the world around us a better, safer place? Chemical Engineering focuses on developing ways to take raw materials and turn them into everyday products. Food and drink, medicines and energy are all made safe and improved by the ingenuity of chemical engineers, making it a role that is extremely satisfactory and highly sought after. This course will prepare you for a future engineering career with a focus on process design and understanding of various process industries and how to make products more commercially viable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective. You will gain an enviable skill set that includes theoretical and practical, both lab-based and in real-life environments. With this skill set, you can start an exciting career in changing the world: previous LSBU Chemical Engineering graduates have helped develop processes to produce COVID-19 vaccines, invented new ways to produce essential materials to improve battery performance and sought creative ways to reduce global CO2 emissions in the past couple of years alone.
Why Chemical Engineering at LSBU?
95% of students on this programme were happy with the academic support provided (National Student Survey 2023).
90% of students on this programme said the course had developed their knowledge and skills needed for their future (National Student Survey 2023).
Ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide, 2023).
We’ve recently invested over £400,000 in new teaching facilities dedicated to chemical and energy engineering. That's why we're ranked 1st in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality (Times Good University Guide 2022)
Exciting employment opportunities - Our students have secured placements and graduate jobs at Pfizer, GSK, Dow and Chevron.
Applicants must hold 5 x GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
Equivalent international qualifications can be accepted. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
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If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at Southbank College site.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
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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 Enrolment pages.
This course is distinctive as it covers the theory of chemical engineering coupled with computer simulation, laboratory practice and industrial placement that enable graduates to be well equipped with desired skills sought after by employers.
The course consists of modules with a total credit value of 360 credits which are made up of 14 standard modules of 20 points each and a project module of 40 points (in third year). Each year you need to complete 120 credits.
In the first year, you are introduced to basic engineering principles and design and fundamentals of chemical engineering. The second year focuses on core unit operations such as fluid flow, thermodynamics, chemical reactions, separation processes, process design and simulation and control.
In final year, the course further trains you in areas of process safety and control, chemical process engineering and clean technologies. The students apply all the knowledge gained in their previous study into design project covering from raw materials to final desired products.
After two-years study, you are encouraged to opt to having one year industrial placement (sandwich course).
Introduction to chemical engineering This module provides you with an understanding of the chemical industries, their economic significance and the career pathways available to professional engineers in these industries. It also equips you with basic principles of chemical processes such as mass and energy balances.
Engineering mathematics and modelling This module consolidates your knowledge of a broad range of mathematical methods and techniques appropriate for engineering courses, and enables you to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
Engineering principles This module consolidates your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of engineering principles such as measurement systems and units, thermal physics and mechanical and electrical principles. The teaching is supported by laboratory experiments.
Engineering principles 2 This module develops your knowledge of engineering concepts such as material science, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, allowing them to be further developed in future years of study.
Design and practice The aim of the module is for you to begin your engagement with engineering design and develop your transferable skills by. You will undertake small engineering design projects, learn to use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, and develop your Personal Development Planning (PDP).
Computing for chemical engineering The module provides you with an understanding of the principles of programming and the use of programming languages. It enables solving chemical engineering problems using numerical techniques and programming languages such as Matlab software.
Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling This module develops your knowledge of advanced engineering mathematics, and the skills which enable you to apply mathematical methods and tools proficiently in the analysis and solution of a variety of engineering problems.
Thermodynamics This module provides you with the fundamental principles of thermodynamics (heat, energy and power) and their role in chemical engineering processes and systems.
Separation processes This module equips you with an understanding of the scientific principles underlying separation processes such as distillation and absorption, and their fundamentals design procedures.
Chemical engineering processes 1 This module imparts your knowledge and understanding of heat, mass and momentum transfer, describing classical and modern theories and techniques. It also provides you with principles of reaction engineering. The teaching is supported by laboratory experiments.
Principles of control This module is designed to provide you with a good foundation in control systems. The main aim is to provide the tools to mathematically model dynamical systems, predict their time and frequency responses, analyse their stability and understand the role of feedback loops to modify the behaviour of a system.
Process design and simulation This module introduces the principles of process design, flowsheeting and flowsheet calculations, process simulation, as well as process economics and concepts such as capital and operating costs. It also introduces heat exchanger design and concept of pinch analysis.
Optional placement year
Design project This module enhances and builds on your knowledge and ability to design a chemical plant with the opportunity to propose new and/or innovative processes. It improves your communication skills and self-esteem through weekly feedback sessions, and your ability to work in a team as well as individually.
Chemical engineering processes 2 This module develops your knowledge of complicated separation processes with multiple components and non-ideal mixtures and their design procedure. It also extends your knowledge of reactor design, and heat, mass and momentum transfer in chemical reactions.
Process safety and environmental management This module provides knowledge of the major hazards for chemical engineering industry, both on-site, and to the surrounding and wider environment. You will gain the skills to apply a range of analysis and safety management techniques to enable safe operation of chemical processes.
Fluid flow and process control This module further develops your knowledge of control strategies for complex systems. You will also gain knowledge of fundamentals of compressible fluid flow for engineering systems such as nozzles, fluidised beds, and two-phase flow in a liquid-gas system.
Clean technology This module introduces the developments in the sustainable and renewable energy markets, and the concepts of energy and waste management associated with process industries.
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.
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.
LSBU has an enviable reputation for employability and entrepreneurship. Our graduates find opportunities across the world and make an impact wherever 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 opens a wealth of sectors 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.
The students in our BEng course may wish to transfer to the corresponding MEng Chemical Engineering if they qualify or may also apply for any of the divisions MSc courses; Advanced Chemical Engineering, MSc Future Energy Engineering or MSc Process Safety.
In addition, there are several opportunities to apply to a PhD in Chemical Process and Energy Engineering in our Division
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.
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.
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.
You are encouraged to 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 or the experience gained helps them towards their first job offer elsewhere. Some students are able to spend the year working outside the UK in Europe, and sometimes further afield.
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.
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 70% examination and 30% coursework. There are a few modules which are based on 100% coursework throughout your studies mainly with focus on process or product design.
Your personal tutor is assigned during the first three weeks of starting the course. Your personal tutor will be your first point of contact should you have any questions about the course, academic regulations, and the university facilities to support your studies. You will have a couple of timetabled meetings with your personal tutor each semester during the first year to get to know them.