BEng (Hons) Chemical and Energy Engineering 2022/23

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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Overview

Gain a forward thinking approach to the energy balance of the future by learning how traditional concepts of energy generation can be applied to sustainable processes such as geothermal, tide, wind and solar. The course brings together the essentials of chemical engineering with an added flavour of geoscience, exploration and processing to highlight and develop a deep understanding of the energy mix. It will show how oil and gas techniques can be used to harness geothermal energy, develop concepts of carbon dioxide storage in subsurface environments and inform you on the myriad of renewable energy technologies that are available.

Why Chemical and Energy Engineering at LSBU?

Ranked 1st for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
Our academics focus on support, nurturing and teaching. It's why we’re ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction amongst London competitors for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
Ranked 6th in the UK and 2nd in London  for Chemical Engineering (Guardian League tables, 2021)
We’ve recently invested over £400,000 in new teaching facilities dedicated to chemical and energy engineering. That's why we're ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst London competitors in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering (National Student Survey 2020) with 94% overall satisfaction (NSS 2020).
Exciting employment opportunities  - Our students have secured placements and graduate jobs at Pfizer, GSK, Dow and Chevron.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years (4 years with placement)
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

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. It also has the added value of introducing topics that are important for future energy mixed with a focus on renewables as well as oil & gas.

The total credit value of the course is 360 credits which are made up of 14 standard (20 points) modules and one final year project module of 40 points. Each year you need to complete 120 credits.

In the first year, you are introduced to basic engineering practice, design engineering and fundamentals of chemical engineering. The second year focuses on core unit operations such as fluid flow, thermodynamics, chemical reactions, separation processes, process -design,-simulation and -control.

In the final year, the course trains you in specific areas of sustainable energy, energy technologies, and earth resources of energy and enhance how it works on the large scale

Also, in the final year project, the students will apply all the knowledge gained throughout the course into a design project, which typically covers all aspects of an industrial scale process design from raw materials feedstock to final market valuable products taking into account cost estimation, HAZOP, environmental impact &sustainability analysis as well as scaling operational units to optimization.

After two-years study, you are encouraged to have one-year industrial placement (sandwich course) which LSBU can provide you with support how to search via Careers Hub.

Year 1

  • 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 to solve chemical engineering problems using numerical techniques and programming languages such as Matlab software.

Year 2

  • 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. The teaching is supported by laboratory experiments.
  • Separation processes
    This module equips you with an understanding on the scientific principles underlying separation processes such as distillation and absorption, and their fundamentals design procedures. The teaching is supported by laboratory experiments.
  • Chemical engineering processes 1
    This module imparts your knowledge and understanding in 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. 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.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • 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.
  • Earth Resources
    The aim of this module is to introduce you geological knowledge in order to understand energy systems from geothermal and fossil fuel sources. This covers knowledge, understanding and practical skills you need to analyse the contribution of such systems for meeting future energy requirements
  • Emerging Energy and Sustainability
    This module will focus on the emerging field of renewable power and fuel generation that jointly will reduce the global CO2 emission. The concept of consumable energy will be clarified and related to various technologies of energy storage such as hydrogen storage, batteries and capacitors.
  • Fluid flow and process control
    This module further develops your knowledge of control strategies for complex systems. You will also gain knowledge of the fundamentals of compressible fluid flow for engineering systems such as nozzles, fluidised beds, and two-phase flow in a liquid-gas system.
  • Energy Technologies
    This module is about the sciences behind technologies involved in energy generation and utilisation. It develops a broad overview of energy engineering and the current status of important issues surrounding energy supply and demand.

Employability

Energy and chemical engineering are growth sectors 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 industry, pharmaceuticals and oil & gas industries. In particular, you will be trained for a career in the energy sector. Duties may involve project leading, leading environmental decision makings or participate in energy optimisations and retrofitting existing designs 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 and Energy Engineering if qualified, or apply for any of the divisions MSc courses; Advanced Chemical Engineering, MSc Future Energy Engineering or MSc Process Safety.

There are also several opportunities to apply to a PhD in Chemical Process and Energy Engineering in our Division

Employability Service

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.

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.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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.

Institute of Chemical Engineers logo
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.

Placements

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 learning

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.

Staff

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the programme you will be required to have:

  • A Level (BBB) or;
  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM) or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 x Distinctions 21x Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications, worth 128 UCAS points
  • 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.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for an advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

Advanced entry

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.

Course status

  • Accreditations and course subject to validation

    This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years (4 years with placement)
Start date
September
Application code
H805
Application method

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.

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Enrolment

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.

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.

Enrolment

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.

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

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £9250International fee: £14900
AOS/LSBU code: 5580Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £44700
International (including any optional years) £44700

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 and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

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

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

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.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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