Chemical Engineering

We are committed to providing the highest quality of educational experience through excellent teaching of industrially relevant courses in an environment where students' needs are a top priority.

Why choose Chemical Engineering at Loughborough?

Our Chemical Engineering 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 chemical engineering graduates.

Our chemical engineering courses have a great reputation

You'll have the opportunity to go on a placement year

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, with 30% more students on year-long placements than any other university (HESA 2015/16, for Engineering and Technology).

All of our chemical engineering courses provide the option of a year working in industry. Plus, our Chemical Engineering department has close links with industrial partners, which means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

Recent companies who have employed our placement students include 3M, AstraZeneca, BP, British Sugar, Croda, Cadbury, E.On, EDF Energy, Esso Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Foster Wheeler, JGE Water, Johnson Matthey, GSK, Heinz, Huntsman, INEOS, Invista, Kraft Mars, Merck, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Sellafield Ltd, Shell, Schlumberger, Syngenta, Tate and Lyle, Total, Unilever and United Biscuits.

Chemical Engineering - Unilever student placement

Chemical Engineering student Mark has been on placement with Unilever for the past 12 months and gives us an insight into the projects and roles he has been working on throughout the year.

...or study abroad for a year

If you decide to study one of our chemical engineering courses, you can participate in overseas placements such as the Erasmus Scheme and other study exchanges to destinations such as Australia, USA and Europe.

Our graduates have a pretty impressive employment rate

91% of our recent graduates were employed or undertaking further study within 6 months of graduation, with an average starting salary of £28,000. Most of our graduates are employed by process companies in the oil, gas, water, food and drink, pharmaceutical, plastics and general chemical industries.

I have not only grown professionally but also as an individual over the last four years – I am more confident about seizing opportunities and accomplishing anything I set my mind to.

Shreyasi MEng Chemical Engineering

Our facilities are world-class

Our world class laboratories allow you the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience with industry scale equipment, offering students an enhanced learning experience.

We have invested £4 million into the facilities in S-Building, home to our Chemical Engineering Department. This means new laboratory space and equipment has been installed since 2016 including:

State of the art pilot Engineering facilities – with the addition of new mezzanine floors, housing new equipment and providing flexible student space for computational and modelling work.

A new 87 seater IT Laboratory – for taught sessions, but also available for project work and private study.

A new Interactive Learning Facility – the “Igloo” that uses state-of-the-art software to create simulations of real-life engineering scenarios, e.g. working in hazardous areas of industrial plants. This will allow small groups of students to engage with realistic situations in a safe and accessible environment.

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