Undergraduate study2017

Chemical Engineering

100% of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles (DLHE, 2015 graduates)

Why Choose Chemical Engineering at Loughborough?

Chemical Engineering at Loughborough is well established and our degrees are highly regarded by employers.

The Department is housed in a well-equipped building with impressive pilot plant laboratories and modern computing facilities. We are particularly proud of our outstanding links with industry, the excellent relations between staff and students, and the fine employment record of our graduates.

Many of our students and staff have won external awards. Students from Loughborough have been awarded a prestigious Salters’ Company prize 17 times in the past 19 years. In addition, three students recently gained Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Awards.

Course choice

Our highly regarded MEng and BEng courses range from the three year BEng honours to the MEng with Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) with its four academic years supplemented by a sandwich placement year in industry.

Study methods

You will have a rich diversity of learning experiences with computing, design and laboratory work assessed entirely by coursework while the rest of your work is assessed by examination.

Professional placement in industry

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)

All of our undergraduate courses in chemical engineering provide the option of a paid year working in industry. The School’s 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, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Recent companies who have employed our placement students include E.On, EDF Energy, Esso Petroleum, ExxonMobil, GE Water, GSK, Heinz, Kraft Cadbury, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Total and Unilever.  

Work experience

We have been placing students in industry for over 50 years and have close links with a number of industrial sectors including petroleum, gas, plastics, fine chemicals, healthcare, minerals processing, water, nuclear and food.

We are particularly proud of the efficient procedures we have developed for placing students. Not only do students benefit both professionally and academically, but the salary they receive helps to finance their final years of study. The placement year experiences also provide an edge when it comes to securing a job on graduation.

Study abroad

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

Sponsorships and scholarships

The majority of our students who receive sponsorships do so following the completion of a successful year in industry.

Career prospects

All of our employed 2015 graduates are in professional or managerial roles with an average starting salary of £29,000. Most of our graduates are employed by process companies in the oil, gas, water, food and drink, pharmaceutical, plastics and general chemical industries.

Our students

Ajay P

“I was able to spend an incredible six months in America at Harvard University for my research project, designing and testing a bioreactor for water purification.”

Elizabeth C

“I enjoy the application of theory learned in lectures to real-world problems. A lot of our coursework is set as a group challenge and I think this is a valuable experience.”

Seyitan A

“The department’s good relationship with industries means we can take part in activities and engage with employers like BP and GSK.”

Emma H

“There are so many career options open to a Chemical Engineering graduate, so if you enjoy challenges, science and teamwork, why not study it?”

Natalia J

“I seldom feel homesick as a LU international student because there are so many activities I can join to fill up my free time.”

Ajay P

“I was able to spend an incredible six months in America at Harvard University for my research project, designing and testing a bioreactor for water purification.”

Elizabeth C

“I enjoy the application of theory learned in lectures to real-world problems. A lot of our coursework is set as a group challenge and I think this is a valuable experience.”

Seyitan A

“The department’s good relationship with industries means we can take part in activities and engage with employers like BP and GSK.”

Emma H

“There are so many career options open to a Chemical Engineering graduate, so if you enjoy challenges, science and teamwork, why not study it?”

Natalia J

“I seldom feel homesick as a LU international student because there are so many activities I can join to fill up my free time.”