Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

About the department

I have great pleasure in welcoming you to the website of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University.

Chemical Engineers are fantastically well-placed to tackle some of the global challenges that we will face in the next 50 years, for example in the areas of energy, healthcare, food production and water.

Here at Loughborough, we aim to train these chemical engineers of the future, by giving them skills in science, technology, management and communication that will equip them for professional careers in a broad range of process industries.

The Department has strong links with industry in the UK and overseas. Most of our undergraduate students benefit from these links by adding value to their studies through our structured industrial placement scheme, gaining vital professional experience, and enhancing their employment prospects.

Industry experts also contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, ensuring that our students are skilled and prepared for the latest issues within the Chemical Engineering field.

Research in the Department is organised into three multidisciplinary areas: Biological Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Micro / Nano-Materials Engineering.

In each of these we work closely with industry and with researchers in universities worldwide. Owing to our cutting-edge research expertise and our commitment to postgraduate training, we are partners in two EPSRC doctoral training centres: in Regenerative Medicine, and in Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation.

We also have an enterprising culture within the Department, notably through our successful industrial collaborations, spin out companies and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact the Department directly - we will be happy to help you.

Dr Valerie Pinfield
Head of Department

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Key facts

  • Ranked 6th in the UK for Chemical Engineering 
    The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for Chemical Engineering  
    The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Ranked 2nd in UK for Overall Satisfaction in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, with 97% of students satisfied or very satisfied with their course
    National Student Survey 2017
  • 91% of those in full-time employment were in graduate level roles six months after graduating1
  • £27,500 was the average salary six months after graduating2

1. DLHE, 2016 graduates in full-time employment. UK/EU & Channel Isles, FT first degree students
2. DHLE, 2016 graduates. Mean salary, FT UK & Channel Isles first degree students in professional employment


Contact us

Department of Chemical Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

+44 (0)1509 222 533