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Chemical Engineering (with placement year)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 Credits overall including 45 at Level 3. Please obtain: 45D, at Level 3, including 15 credits in Maths modules and 15 credits in Chemistry and Physics based modules.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects or a combination of the Pre-U and A levels, provided a minimum of three subjects overall are taken. We recognise the benefit of the Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) course in developing independent study and research skills. While we would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions. However, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 (6 6 5 HL) including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics at HL

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website – please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose Ireland in the Country/region drop down field for more information.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science or Engineering: DD plus A levels AB to include Maths and either Chemistry or Physics. Preferred subjects: Applied Science, Engineering

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science or Engineering: D plus A levels AB to include Maths and either Chemistry or Physics. Preferred subjects: Applied Science, Engineering

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Engineering: DDD plus A level Maths at Grade B. Preferred subjects: Applied Science, Engineering.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

AB including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics, plus Highers at AAB in 3 other subjects.

Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels providing individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Chemical engineering

Chemical Engineering is a highly adaptable and versatile area of engineering, which applies the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and economics to transform energy and materials into useful and affordable products. It covers the research, design and operation of new and existing processes to minimise environmental impacts, ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards and maximise profits and benefits to society.

The 2020 annual skills survey for UK engineering employers highlighted an expected shortfall in skilled chemical engineers to support the UK’s green recovery and net-zero targets, which means chemical engineers will be highly sought after for the specialist work required.

Chemical engineers take leading roles in many different sectors, ranging from energy and water, food, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, to consumer products, and even finance. They use their technical know-how and ingenuity to develop solutions to many of the world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change and the large-scale production of new vaccines.

At Loughborough, we conduct world-leading research to drive the sustainable revolution, in areas such as low-carbon technologies, next generation healthcare or advanced manufacturing. An example is our new National Centre for the Circular Chemical Economy, which seeks to transform the UK chemical sector to eliminate waste and reliance on fossil technologies. Our research directly informs our teaching and project work, ensuring our students are fully equipped to meet 21st century challenges.

Our Chemical Engineering degrees teach students how to apply scientific and engineering principles to the design and analysis of chemical process equipment and flow sheets. Bench and pilot-scale laboratories, VR simulation, computer classes and project work help students to understand and apply taught principles to engineering problems, whilst also developing key laboratory, teamwork and IT skills.

As well as offering flexible language options in years 1 and 2, our students can choose between a range of optional modules in years 3 and 4 (for MEng), for more in-depth focus on aspects of the degree or expanding their knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. During the final design project, students work both in teams and individually to conceptualise and design an industrial plant to address a specified design challenge, usually aligned with their module choices and research strengths of the department. The project brings together all aspects of the degree, including initial technology selection and flowsheet development, detailed design of individual unit operation, process optimisation, safety and operability analysis and finally full economic evaluation.

Modules

For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment methods

Our course offers a good balance between knowledge and application-based assessments.

Overall, around 50% of assessments are exam-based, but the proportion reduces slightly from the first to final year. The other half of our assessments are in the form of coursework, both individual and in groups, such as reports, oral presentations, posters or software files. These are excellent opportunities to develop essential communication and team working skills and receive detailed verbal or written feedback.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£25,700
per year
International
£25,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Loughborough University

Department:

Chemical Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Chemical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemical, process and energy engineering

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

96%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemical, process and energy engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£28,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
high
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Engineering professionals
18%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals

Want to make good money from the word go? This is the degree for you! The UK has had a shortage of chemical engineers for a while now so starting salaries are very good. In fact, across the UK, only doctors and dentists bettered the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates, with an average starting salary of around £28,000. Key sectors for chemical engineers last year included the petrochemicals, food, nuclear, pharmaceuticals, materials and consultancy industries. Their skills set also means that the finance industry likes graduates from these degrees, so there are options if you don't fancy engineering as a career. Most graduates take a longer course that leads to an MEng — which is what you need to take if you want to be a Chartered Engineer. Chemical engineers are also more likely than other engineers to take doctorates and go into research roles, so if you want to take an engineering subject but fancy a research job, this might be a good subject to take.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£28k

£28k

£34k

£34k

£40k

£40k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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