Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

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

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MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

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

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 97% of employed graduates are in professional or managerial roles (2014 graduates) 
  • £28,000 average starting salary
  • 3rd for learning resources (NSS 2015) 
  • 1st in the UK for engineering placements (2014/15 HESA UG student record)

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 and computer simulations. Engineers working in industry participate in some of our design exercises and help keep them realistic.

We have well equipped pilot-plant and bench scale laboratory experiments for practical work and projects. Oral and written presentations given by students help give them confidence in communicating ideas.

Students additionally have the option of taking a year placement in industry which provides an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and technical skills further.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS 5 yrs full-time sandwich H802
MEng (Hons) 4 yrs full-time H803
BEng (Hons) DIS 4 yrs full-time sandwich H806
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H805
Sponsorships and scholarships

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

Assessment

In Years 1 and 2 about 75% of the work is assessed by examination. However computing, design and laboratory work are assessed entirely by coursework, which includes laboratory work reports and oral presentations.

Progress on the MEng courses requires a higher level of attainment. In the final year just under 50% of the marks come from examinations and the rest from design and development projects and a dissertation. The dissertation is based on a literature survey, undertaken by most students whilst in industry.

Selection

The most appropriate entry subjects we look for would include mathematics and two other sciences (such as physics, chemistry or biology). Other combinations are also acceptable, but we do insist on mathematics and at least one of chemistry or physics as a minimum requirement.

The Department has considerable flexibility for you to review your course registration, whatever your original UCAS application, recognising that a more informed choice may be possible for you once you are here.

Applicants will be invited for interview, and will have the opportunity to see halls of residence, the campus and the Department, and to meet staff and 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, Huntsman, INEOS, Invista, Merck, Nestlé, Shell, Tate and Lyle, and United Biscuits.

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is 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, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces. 

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

Course structure

Year 1 MEng and BEng

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.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: H802 MEng (Hons) DIS 5 yrs full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics, plus Highers at AAB in 3 other subjects
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL with Maths and at least one of Chemistry and Physics at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DD + A-Level Maths at grade A
Additional

UCAS code: H803 MEng (Hons) 4 yrs full-time

A-Level
AAA including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics, plus Highers at AAB in 3 other subjects
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL with Maths and at least one of Chemistry and Physics at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DD + A-Level Maths at grade A
Additional

UCAS code: H806 BEng (Hons) DIS 4 yrs full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics, plus Highers at AAB in 3 other subjects
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL with Maths and at least one of Chemistry and Physics at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DD and A-Level Maths at grade B
Additional

UCAS code: H805 BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics, plus Highers at AAB in 3 other subjects
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL with Maths and at least one of Chemistry and Physics at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DD and A-Level Maths at grade B
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

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)

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, 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.  

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.

Placement year at GSK

Nicole Perrin and Lorenzo Cioni, undergraduate students from the Department of Chemical Engineering give an insight into their industrial placement year with GSK

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS 5 yrs full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H802

MEng (Hons) 4 yrs full-time

UCAS code: H803

BEng (Hons) DIS 4 yrs full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H806

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H805

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.”