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MEng (Hons) Chemical and Process Engineering

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time


Our MEng (Hons) Chemical and Process Engineering option offers you a chance to combine undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study over four years. You’ll prepare for a career in which you’ll research and test new products, make them commercially viable, implement them on an industrial scale and continue to improve them.

6 reasons to study here

Career progression: Extends studies to Masters level and provides greater breadth and depth of study which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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

Future proof: Industry that is firmly focused on meeting the challenges of tomorrow; using the earth's resources as efficiently as possible to provide for the needs of future generations.
Overall excellence: No. 1 University in London for learning resources, academic support and assessment and feedback in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, National Student Survey (National Student Survey 2017).
Industry-standard software: Access to industry level £1 million software suite sponsored by leading suppliers.
Brand new equipment: Over £1 million invested in lab equipment in 2016. Tour the lab.
Work experience: You'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.
Top 10 in the UK: for research intensity in Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).

This degree course covers...

This course builds on your science knowledge base to include advanced topics. This course covers:

  • Reactor design
  • Separation processes
  • Computer modelling
  • Control of processes
  • Project management skills.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
5 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


The course places an emphasis on the traditional elements of chemical engineering which underpin design in the oil and chemical sectors of the process industries. Mathematics and thermodynamics are essential supporting disciplines here, and study of these leads on to in-depth analysis of chemical reaction, distillation, fluid flow and heat transfer. In your final year, besides advanced topics such as reactor design and distillation, the course focuses on the relationship between industry and its environment. You'll work with other students on a challenging exercise to design a complete manufacturing process from scratch.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 39% coursework

Year 1

  • Engineering principles
    This module develops the students' understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level and introduces the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics, mechanical and electrical principles, and engineering materials and their properties.
  • Design and practice 1
    The module is for all undergraduate year one engineering students, it covers practical work, design activities, sustainable development principles, project management, health and safety and risk management, and transferable skills.
  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. Module includes using vector and matrix algebra to solve engineering problems, applied calculus, use of mathematical software such as MATLAB and MATHCAD to plot functions and solve equations, debugging faulty program designs and using software to model and analyse engineering problems.
  • Introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering
    This module provides an introduction to the scope and nature of the chemical and petroleum industries, the role of professional engineers within these industries, and key technical concepts underpinning chemical and petroleum engineering. you'll develop an understanding of the history and economic importance of these industries. Key concepts in process analysis and resource utilisation will be introduced, and the technological properties and chemistry of major industrial chemicals and petroleum products will be studied. It introduces simple concepts of petroleum geology, with an initial study of reservoirs.
  • Engineering computing
    This module addresses the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in Engineering, and provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. The aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of computer programming using Matlab. You will be able to articulate specifications for requirements to gain experience in decomposing problems, and to design and realise programmes in Matlab on a standard PC system and use standard methods in doing so. You will be encouraged to use a logbook, work systematically and make good use of your time, which will help you to develop good engineering habits and the skills for self-learning.

Year 2

  • Chemical engineering processes 1
    You'll study the basic principles of reaction equilibrium, reaction kinetics, catalysis, description of reactor equipment and fundamental balances of ideal reactors.You'll be taught how to apply the basic knowledge of heat and mass transfer to the analysis and design of industrial processes involving simultaneous heat and mass transfer. These include humidification, evaporation, drying and crystallisation. You'll learn how to apply the gained knowledge to industrial applications in this module. Important industrial processes (e.g. fuel cells, hydrogen production, bio-fuel, catalytic cracking and membrane process) will be explored. Process applications will focus on one or more areas of importance in modern process industries. Case studies for these process applications cover advanced chemical synthesis, biofuels and the hydrogen economy for the fuels cell processes. 
  • Chemical engineering design and practice
    This module particularly builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Design and Practice. You will learn how to design processes and complete design calculations by hand and using appropriate computer packages. The principles of project costing and project management will be introduced. Principles of quality management. The roles of professional engineers will be reviewed and students will progress their professional development planning.
  • Thermodynamics
    This module builds on the preliminary concepts of thermodynamics introduced in Engineering Principles. It covers solving material and energy balances for non-reacting and reacting systems using appropriate thermodynamics diagrams and data; applying the first law of thermodynamics to problems involving energy transfer or thermochemistry; applying the second law of thermodynamics to problems involving heat and power; using thermodynamic property data to model chemical process systems.
  • Fluids and separation
    This module covers the basic concepts and principles underlying the physical separation of ideal binary liquid mixtures. It also covers the design of stage-wise and differential distillation and gas absorption processes for the separation of ideal binary mixtures. Equipment design for separation of particles in suspension from a liquid or a gas are introduced, looking at mechanical separations and related unit operations such as: sedimentation, centrifugation, filtration, membrane separations, fluidisation processes, and crystallisation.The physical principles of fluid mechanics for fluid flow in pipes (with frictional losses) are taught, together with design of piping systems (parallel or in series), as well as an introduction to single particle dynamics in fluids, associated drag force and drag coefficients and Stoke’s law; application of Stoke’s law in a cyclone separator.
  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil). This module's aims are to develop your knowledge and understanding of advanced engineering mathematics, to provide you with the core skills that will enable you to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of a variety of engineering problems. 
  • Principles of control
    This module is an introduction to the theory and practice of continuous-time feedback control systems to enable the design and implementation of servo tracking systems for linear dynamical systems.

Year 3

Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Chemical engineering design project
    This module particularly builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Design and Practice at Level 4. You will learn how to design processes and complete design calculations by hand and using appropriate computer packages. The principles of project costing and project management will be introduced. Principles of quality management. The roles of professional engineers will be reviewed and students will progress their professional development planning.
  • Chemical engineering processes 2
  • Advanced fluids and control
    You'll be introduced to the operational and control strategies of fermenter designs and non-ideal reactors. The module discusses the fluid mechanics for industrial applications, developing the understanding of compressible and incompressible fluid flow in pipes, converging and diverging nozzles, fluidised beds, and porous media. The theory of shocks as well as non-Newtonian fluids are also introduced. 
  • Process safety and environmental protection
    This module will look at the basic concepts of process safety and pollution control and in so doing define the relationship between industry and environment. You'll explore the basic principles used in the design of safe environmentally sustainable  processes with case studies drawn from the chemical and petroleum industry. 

Plus one option from:

  • Clean process technology
    This module brings together and extends the concepts and knowledge in transport and separation processes, thermodynamics, and reaction engineering acquired in year one and two of the course to address opportunities for enhancing the efficiency, productivity and environmental acceptability of the process industries. This module will provides you with the knowledge and analytic skills to address issues of energy management, waste minimisation, and sustainability in the process industries through the study of process intensification, process integration, and new reaction and separations technologies.
  • Innovation and enterprise
    The module is intended to be practical, you'll develop an idea in such a way that it becomes a practical, profitable propositions. You will practice ways of finding ideas, testing those ideas and developing them, and will write your own business strategy, risk assessment and scenario testing to demonstrate the commercial viability of your ideas. One of the assignments will require you to work in a group. Your group project might be to develop a product or a service (such as consultancy or contract management). Topics you will gain an insight into include: intellectual property, market research, market placement, advertising and finance.

Year 5

  • Group project
  • Advanced reaction engineering
  • Materials engineering

Plus optional modules from:

  • Introduction to project management
  • Process management
  • Energy management and sustainability
  • Multiphase fluid flow


Industry needs chemical engineers who understand how to apply science to practical use in a cost-effective way.These courses take you from post-A-level science to advanced topics such as process safety studies and analysis of pollution control systems. You will learn how business organisations work, how to analyse and understand balance sheets and the skills of project management. On completion, you will be ready for a career as a professional engineer.

This course will equip you with the skills to work in a wide range of chemical engineering roles, including: organising and running projects for engineering companies; designing and simulating chemical processes; working on-site as a process engineer; and developing new plants, systems and processes as a research and development engineer.

The vocational approach to teaching taken at LSBU will have a positive impact on your employability. This is because our graduates understand the theory, but can also confidently apply that learning and adapt their skills to the workplace. As a graduate you'll have a number of practical key skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers, such as, the ability to complete analytical investigative work, laboratory and workshop techniques and safe practice, and experience working independently or as part of a team.

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in the oil and gas, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy and chemical products industries.

What to expect from your career

Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineers use science and technology to design, operate and manage processes such as drilling and production processes for the recovery of oil and gas. Petroleum engineers also work closely with (petroleum) geologists and geophysicists to identify reservoir rocks and geological traps that may have accumulated oil or gas that may be recoverable. The petroleum engineer is therefore involved with the exploration drilling of wells to determine the viability for production.

Petroleum Engineers find themselves working with geoscientists, other engineers and commercial managers to reveal the ideal locations to locate wells and predict how much oil or gas could be extracted. They use complex mathematical models to ensure the material is recovered as efficiently as possible. They'll design parts of the well and production systems, and give feedback to clients. Typical earnings range from £52,000 to £95,000 a year.

Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineers work with process chemists and control engineers to make sure process plants are set up efficiently. They configure equipment all the while taking environmental and economic aspects of their role into consideration. They'll apply new technologies, design, install and commission new production plants and ensure safety issues are considered at all stages. Examples of the kind of work involved include manufacturing and packaging for pharmaceutical companies, or developing new methods of safe nuclear energy production. Experienced engineers earn around £50,000.

Progression to postgraduate studies

As a graduate you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. There are number of active research areas in Chemical Engineering Group at LSBU, such as, nanotechnology and biofuels production.

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.


You are encouraged to break your academic studies and 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. Some students are able to spend the year working outside the UK, in Europe, and sometimes further afield.


Practical work forms an important part of the course, and modern, well-equipped laboratories at LSBU are provided for the study of chemistry, biology, engineering science and computer applications. This leads in later years to original lab-based investigations.

Teaching and learning

You'll be timetabled to attend classroom and laboratory sessions, usually between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All classes take place on the Southwark Campus. Practical sessions include chemistry, chemical engineering and workshops.


Nearly all course units have an element of coursework. The coursework may include: written essays, problem papers, laboratory reports, project reports, oral presentations, classroom tests and attendance marks. To pass the laboratory coursework, you must attend the practical sessions.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed study
Year 1 32% 68%
Year 2 37% 63%
Year 3 22% 78%

Personal Tutoring

As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.


Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level AAB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions 6 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

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.

You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

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.

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
4 years
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Application code
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5 years
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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.


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.


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.


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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