A bright future

With demand for graduates across industrial sectors from oil and gas to food and drink, plus the financial and environmental sectors, chemical engineering is a great choice. This course will prepare you for a career in which you'll research and test new products - be they petrol, plastics, medicines, food or drink - and make them commercially viable.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Engineering at LSBU?

  • Professional accreditation – we’re accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Engineering Council.
  • Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction and research intensity in Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • Top 10 in UK for career prospects in Chemical Engineering (Guardian 2019).
  • Placement opportunities – in your third year you have the option to undertake a placement, giving you valuable experience.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus


The course blends traditional lectures, laboratory practices, and computer workshops to give you a great learning experience. Mathematics and thermodynamics are essential supporting disciplines, leading on to an in-depth analysis of chemical reaction, distillation, fluid flow and heat transfer. In your final year, you’ll work with other students on a challenging exercise to design a complete manufacturing process from scratch. The course is tailored to meet industrial needs, meaning you'll gain the knowledge that recruiters favor.

Overall, the course is assessed 39% on coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering principles
  • Design and practice 1
  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering
  • Engineering computing

Year 2

  • Chemical engineering processes 1
  • Chemical engineering design and practice
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluids and separation
  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Principles of control

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Chemical engineering design project
  • Advanced fluids and control
  • Process safety and environmental protection
  • Chemical engineering processes 2

Plus one option from:

  • Clean process technology
  • Innovation and enterprise


You'll find a wealth of sectors open to you: oil and gas, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy and chemical products. You could run projects designing and simulating chemical processes or be a research and development engineer working on new plants, systems, and processes.

Our vocational approach will make you an attractive prospect to employers – you’ll understand the theory, but also be able to apply your learning and skills to the workplace with confidence.

Your career

When you complete the course, you’ll be ready for a career as a professional engineer. You could be a petroleum engineer, using science and technology to design, operate and manage processes such as drilling and production for the recovery of oil and gas. You’d use complex mathematical models to ensure the material is recovered efficiently, as well as designing parts of the well and production systems. Typical earnings are £52,000-95,000 a year.

Or you could be a chemical engineer, working with process chemists and control engineers to make sure process parts are set up efficiently. You’d apply new technologies, design and install new product plants – this could be in manufacturing and packaging for pharmaceutical companies, or developing new methods of safe nuclear energy production. Experience engineers earn around £50,000.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Practical work forms an important part of the course, and modern, well-equipped laboratories at LSBU are provided for the study of chemistry, biology, engineering science and computer applications. This leads in later years to original lab-based investigations.

Industry software for petroleum engineers

Students in the subject areas of chemical, process, and petroleum engineering at LSBU benefit from the detailed instruction they receive on a suite of industry-standard software packages that include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper and GAP.

Teaching and learning

You'll be timetabled to attend classroom and laboratory sessions, usually between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday. All classes take place on the Southwark Campus. Practical sessions include chemistry, chemical engineering, and workshops.


Nearly all course units have an element of coursework. The coursework may include written essays, problem papers, laboratory reports, project reports, oral presentations, classroom tests and attendance marks. To pass the laboratory coursework, you must attend the practical sessions.

Personal Tutoring

As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated May 7, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 - 4 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125.
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End Date
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