Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich H802 A*AA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H803 A*AA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H806 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H805 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

100%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015

£29,000

average starting salary

Top 10

in UK for overall student satisfaction

6th

for Chemical Engineering

The Times Good University Guide 2017

Chemical Engineering course overview

Chemical Engineering is concerned with the processing of raw materials into products on a commercial scale. It can also be described as process engineering.

The products from Chemical Engineering operations are seen all around us including, for example, petrol, pharmaceuticals, food, drinking water, paints, cosmetics and clothing.

The principles underpinning the manufacture of these products include mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid flow and heat transfer, chemical reactor theory, mixing and separation processes, process control, plant safety and process economics.

The main supporting subjects are mathematics and the physical sciences, backed up by computing, together with some chemistry.

Principles and theories are essential for understanding real processes but students also need to develop professional competence. We develop our students’ capabilities from the outset through experimental work, design and research projects as well as computer simulations. Engineers working in industry participate in some of our design exercises and help keep them realistic. Oral and written presentations given by students help develop their confidence in communicating ideas.

Teaching facilities

We have recently undergone a refurbishment of our undergraduate teaching laboratories, which are extremely well equipped with over 50 pilot-plant and bench scale laboratory experiments for practical work and projects. We have a large IT suite, and also a virtual reality dome to allow undergraduates to interact with virtual process engineering plants in a safe and convenient manner.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1 MEng and BEng modules

The modules in Year 1 bridge from entry levels of science and maths, and introduce the basic concepts of Chemical Engineering such as mass and energy balances, process design, and process economics.

This is supported by laboratories running through the year.

French, German or Spanish may be taken as an option.

Year 2 MEng and BEng

Modules in this part of the course aim to develop core Chemical Engineering subjects such as separation processes, mass transfer operations, safety and loss prevention, and environmental control.

Options include Food Engineering, French, German or Spanish.

We place particular emphasis on the development of communication skills through project and design work, and briefings on industrial practice, all of which is particularly useful for those about to embark on a professional development (sandwich) year.

Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS)

Following the preparation and placement process in Year 2, those students on sandwich (DIS) courses will now enter their year in industry.

Close links are maintained with industrial tutors at the University through reports and visits to students.

MEng students can elect to undertake their year in industry either at the end of the second or the third year.

Year 3 BEng (year 4 for BEng DIS)

This part of the course blends core and optional subjects such as reaction engineering, transfer processes, process control, biochemical engineering, and pollution control. Students also undertake a research project.

Much of the final semester is taken up with a major design project for which students make use of the knowledge and skills they have gained at University and in industry to design a chemical process plant.

Year 3 and 4 MEng

These years comprise a blend of core subjects as for BEng, but with broadening modules such as those with a management emphasis, and those that provide greater depth in chemical engineering subjects such as Process Dynamics.

  • Year 3 includes a one semester Professional Development Project which may be undertaken either in industry, abroad on a University exchange or at Loughborough.
  • Year 4 includes a semester-long design project in which students are presented with a challenging design problem, and working in teams, have to devise solutions that entail both experimental and design work.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification for BEng and MEng variants.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

H802 Chemical Engineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
A*AA including Mathematics and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
IB
38 (7,6,6 HL) including Mathematics and at least one of Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: D*D plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Applied Science, Engineering

H803 Chemical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
A*AA including Mathematics and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
IB
38 (7,6,6 HL) including Mathematics and at least one of Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: D*D plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Applied Science, Engineering

H806 Chemical Engineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including Mathematics and at least one of Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in a relevant subject: DD plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Applied Science, Engineering

H805 Chemical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including Mathematics and at least one of Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in a relevant subject: DD plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Applied Science, Engineering

Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Environmental Science are all considered as science subjects for admissions purposes. Physical Education is not counted as a science but is acceptable as a third subject.

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Preferred subjects

The most appropriate entry subjects we look for include Mathematics and two other sciences (such as Physics, Chemistry or Biology). Other subject combinations are also acceptable, but Mathematics and at least one of Chemistry or Physics is a minimum requirement as stated in our typical offers.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

Most of our graduates are employed by process companies in the oil, gas, water, food and drink, pharmaceutical, plastics and general chemical industries. Many of these companies favour Loughborough as a source of chemical engineers.

In recent years about 70% of those in permanent employment were using their chemical engineering directly and the majority of the rest were employed in financial work.

Companies with whom our students have found employment include:

  • 3M
  • AstraZeneca
  • BP
  • Croda
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Foster Wheeler
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Huntsman
  • INEOS
  • Invista
  • Mars
  • Merck
  • Nestlé
  • Pepsico
  • Pfizer
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Schlumberger
  • Shell
  • Tate and Lyle
  • Total
  • United Biscuits

Industrial placements

We are the UK's number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record)

This course includes the option of a paid year working in industry. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, (highest year out salary is £28,000) and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Recent companies who have employed our placement students include:

  • Cadbury
  • EDF Energy
  • E.On
  • Esso Petroleum
  • ExxonMobil
  • GE Water
  • GSK
  • Heinz
  • Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • PepsiCo
  • Pfizer
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Total
  • Unilever

Ajay: My Placement at Total UK

Loughborough University undergraduate Ajay Parmar talks about his placement opportunity with Paul Mannion of Total UK's Lindsey Oil Refinery.

Study abroad

You can participate in overseas placements such as the Erasmus Scheme and other study exchanges to destinations such as Australia, USA and Europe.

Our students

Ajay

Course

Chemical Engineering with Management

Department

Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Elizabeth

Course

Chemical Engineering

Department

Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Emma

Course

Chemical Engineering with DIS

Department

Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

2nd

Natalia

Course

Chemical Engineering

Department

Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

BEng

Year of Study

2nd

Seyitan

Course

Chemical Engineering

Department

Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

BEng (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H802

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H803

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H806

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H805