London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The course places an emphasis on the traditional elements of chemical engineering which underpin design in the oil and chemical sectors of the process industries. Mathematics and thermodynamics are essential supporting disciplines here, and study of these leads on to in'depth analysis of chemical reaction, distillation, fluid flow and heat transfer. In your final year, besides advanced topics such as reactor design and distillation, the course focuses on the relationship between industry and its environment. You'll work with other students on a challenging exercise to design a complete manufacturing process from scratch. You are encouraged to break your academic studies and take an industrial placement in your third year (Sandwich Course). During this placement you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice. This is an opportunity to understand the way industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities of the commercial environment. Placement years are a great opportunity and many students get their first job offers through their training year. Some students are able to spend the year working outside the UK, in Europe, and sometimes further afield.

Course Modules

Year 1: engineering principles; design and practice; engineering mathematics and modelling; introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering. Year 2; transfer and separation processes; chemical engineering design and practice 2; thermodynamics; principles of separation and reaction; advanced engineering mathematics and modelling; principles of control. Year 3; chemical and petroleum engineering design project; advanced processes 1 (separation and control), advanced processes 2 (fluids and control); pollution control technologies; environmental and safety management; clean process technology; innovation and enterprise.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BEng (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
BEng (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 120-128
  • International Baccalaureate 26
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) D2
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate
  • Course specific

Key Course Information

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88% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 60%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 90%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 88%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

75% Go on to work and/or study

In work 35
Studying 35
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 20
Unknown 5

31% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 57%

Total Coursework: 39%

Total Practical: 4%

£4,480 - £5,226
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,940 - £6,396
Typical cost of private accommodation