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.
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.
- 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 modeling
- Control of processes
- Project management skills.
Key course information - ordered by mode
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
- Engineering principles
- Design and practice 1
- Engineering mathematics and modelling
- Introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering
- Engineering computing
- Chemical engineering processes 1
- Chemical engineering design and practice
- Fluids and separation
- Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling
- Principles of control
Optional placement year
- Chemical engineering design project
- Chemical engineering processes 2
- Advanced fluids and control
- Process safety and environmental protection
Plus one option from:
- Clean process technology
- Innovation and enterprise
- Group project
- Advanced reaction engineering
- Materials engineering
Plus optional modules from:
- Introduction to project management
- Process management
- Energy management and sustainability
- Multiphase fluid flow
The 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 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 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 a number of active research areas in Chemical Engineering Group at LSBU, such as, nanotechnology and biofuels production.
We are the 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.
Industry software for petroleum engineers
Students in the subject areas of chemical, process, and petroleum engineering at LSBU benefit from the detailed instruction they receive on a suite of industry-standard software packages that include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper and GAP.
Teaching and learning
You'll be timetabled to attend classroom and laboratory sessions, usually between 9 am and 5 pm 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.
- 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.
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