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BEng (Hons) Chemical and Energy Engineering

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

Overview

A new type of energy programme

This course takes a forward-thinking approach to the traditional energy (oil and gas) supplies and delivers concepts that fit with the future of decreased reliance on fossil fuels. We have used the subsurface and energy expertise developed at LSBU to produce a new type of energy undergraduate programme.

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 sub surface environments and inform you on the myriad of renewable energy technologies that are available.

This course will prepare you for a career in which you'll design, be creative, research and test new products - new fuels, imaginary processes or complete systems - and make them commercially viable.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2020.

Why Chemical Engineering at LSBU?

Ranked 1st for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

Top 10 in UK for career prospects in Chemical Engineering (Guardian 2019).

Placement opportunities – in your third year you have the option to undertake a placement, giving you valuable experience.
Ranked joint 3rd for student voice, Engineering (National Student Survey 2019).
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 the future energy mixed with a focus on renewables as well as oil and gas.

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 trains you in specific areas of sustainable energy, energy technologies, and earth resources of energy. 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).

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 develops your knowledge about emerging field of renewable power and fuel generation, such as solar, wind, wave/tidal, nuclear power, geo- and solar thermal technologies and biofuels. It also discusses the concept of energy density and its relationship to 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 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, 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.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

Professional links

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 will seek accreditation for this degree by the Institution of Chemical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council, which offers the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer following from the previously accredited programmes.

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.

How to apply

International students

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
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years (4 years with placement)
Start date
September
Application code
H807
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.

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.

Fees and funding

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 143 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 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.

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Contact information

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Tel: 0800 923 8888

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