BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering - BEng (Hons)Southwark Campus
Research and test new products
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.
We use the expertise developed at LSBU with a vibrant and creative team to deliver an exciting undergraduate programme, bringing together all the essentials of chemical engineering to develop a deep understanding of the subject.
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 2021.
Why Chemical Engineering at LSBU?
- Ranked 1st for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
- Ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction amongst London competitors for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
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- Placement opportunities – in your third year you have the option to undertake a placement, giving you valuable experience.
- Ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst London competitors in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering (National Student Survey 2020)
3 years (4 years with placement)
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 to solve 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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3 years (4 years with placement)
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.
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Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
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.
Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £9250||International fee: £14470|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5580||Session code: 1FS00|
|Total course fee:|
|UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750|
|UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750|
|International (excluding any optional years) £43410|
|International (including any optional years) £43410|
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.
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.
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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