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Chemical Engineers pioneer materials and technologies of the future; they design and develop the processes behind today’s most useful products. In studying at Masters-level, you will develop your knowledge in chemistry and engineering, along with management and leadership skills.
Our accredited Chemical Engineering programme recognises the broad field of the subject and as such starts with a common first year, which is shared among all our engineering subjects. This is in recognition that Chemical Engineers do not work in isolation and that modern engineering is just as much about effective teamwork and communication, as it is the underlying science.
You will explore core themes of design, materials, thermodynamics and heat transfer, along with appropriate mathematical study in the first year. Alongside these, you will develop your design, problem-solving, management and leadership skills.
Following the first year, where you will have developed a solid foundation of engineering knowledge and begun to explore a variety of different areas of the discipline, you will have the opportunity to consider and plan your academic progression. At this stage, you may choose to begin your Chemical Engineering study, or move onto any of our other specialist programmes.
Specialist modules in chemical engineering begin in the second year, when you will continue to develop your core skills as an engineer. You will also be encouraged to engage with and solve increasingly open-ended, real-world problems. Alongside the technical modules, you will develop your creativity, entrepreneurial and analytical skills, improving your employability.
On this programme, you may decide to spend a year in industry, gaining valuable experience and enhancing your employability. We have extensive links built through our leadership in research and have students undergoing placements with multinational corporate companies through to smaller specialist SMEs. Our degree programme is flexible as to when this occurs, but we would recommend the best opportunity is once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge. Therefore, the most appropriate time would be at the end of second or third year.
A key element of year three is the group design project, where you will be asked to solve an open-ended design project over the course of the year. The projects typically involve conceptual design, as well as evaluation of economic, safety, legislative and ethical standards of assessment. Alongside this, you will practise and develop project management, team-working and technical writing skills.
In the fourth year, you will develop Masters-level skills, knowledge and experience. You will undertake advanced topics and will cement your specialist chemical engineering knowledge through an individual project, which will have real, positive impact on businesses and society.
The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, and is underpinned by the CDIO framework (Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating). All of your teaching is delivered by world-class academics and shaped by their outstanding research output. You will gain hands-on experience with access to cutting-edge facilities and an array of high-quality equipment in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building.
A Level AAA
Required Subjects A level Mathematics and Chemistry
GCSE Minimum of 3 GCSEs grade B or 6 to include Mathematics, and English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
Interviews Applicants may be interviewed before being made an offer
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and 6 in Chemistry HL
BTEC Considered alongside A level Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, including sufficient Mathematics and Chemistry content, with 36 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 9 Level 3 credits at Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
Calculus is a flexible technique that can appear almost anywhere in engineering, from the smallest integrated circuit to the largest nuclear power plant, and this is reflected across the range of modules that calculus features in. This module provides a broader understanding of functions, limits and series, and knowledge of the basic techniques of differentiation and integration.
Control is about making engineering devices work efficiently and safely. This module gives students the ability to programme to a level where they are able to solve everyday engineering problems, such as controlling the movement of a robot arm. They will gain the ability to use functions, arrays and pointers, and will be able to manipulate strings, format the input/output and carry out basic mathematical calculations.
The fundamentals of structuring and writing a computer programme are included and students will gain experience at interfacing with practical engineering systems such as a motor. The module will be particularly relevant to students with an interest in robotics, computing and control.
This module encourages students to analyse real-world problems, and to use a logical design path and tools and techniques such as 2D and 3D CAD, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), and Form over Function to arrive at a design that meets the initial requirements. Often working in teams, students will learn about the full product lifecycle, from customer requirements to design process and to product recycling/disposal. As well as the practical aspects of design and innovation, the module covers other skills such as marketing, packaging, completing a statement of requirements, and the human brain.
The module is based on exploration and discovery and evaluated through coursework alone. It also incorporates the ‘IMechE Design Challenge’, a ‘design-make-test’ competition held annually between North West universities.
Many of the fundamental equations of engineering are written in the form of differential equations, and so this module teaches students the skills to work with these equations. Students will learn both analytical and numerical techniques, which is of particular relevance to future engineering modules that analyse fluid and heat flow and temperature distribution.
The module starts with the fundaments of Ohm’s law and introduces the main laws and theorems necessary to understand direct and alternating current flow in a circuit, including Kirchoff’s laws and different simplification theorems. At the end of this part of the module, every student will be able to reduce a circuit to its simplest form and carry out basic voltage and current split calculations.
The module then goes on to provide students with an understanding of the role and main functions of the key component blocks in many state-of-the art electronic systems. The theory will be supported with case study applications, where students will look at systems such as the electric guitar, computer mouse, electronic fuel injection and the telephone. Students will gain a basic understanding of the limitations and headline specifications of these items, including sensors, signal conditioning, analogue-digital conversion, processors and actuators, and following the flow of information through a typical system.
Students will learn how to perform basic calculations, which underpin the subject, and to confidently analyse and solve engineering problems, as well as design solutions.
Introducing a range of key aspects of chemistry that is relevant to engineers, this module addresses atomic and molecular structure. It focuses on chemical reactions and bonding, as well as thermodynamics, acid, based and redox reactions, the kinetics of reactions, and nuclear chemistry. Lectures featured in this module are supported by weekly, small group tutorials that are designed to illustrate the practical applications of the concepts learnt in the lectures.
Students taking this module will develop an appreciation for the importance of electrons in a variety of chemical reactions, such as corrosion and polymerisation. Additionally, the module will enhance students’ ability to balance such chemical reactions, predict the results of key reactions and perform a variety of calculations relating to the determination of reaction rates.
A key feature of today’s cutting-edge electronic technology is the storage of information and its processing. This module uncovers the basic engineering principles behind these critical requirements such as Boolean algebra, truth tables, Karnaugh maps, logic gates and memory circuits. Students will gain both the knowledge and the vocabulary with which to understand digital electronic systems together with the background necessary to appreciate what is likely to be possible in the future.
The module also looks at how analogue electronic components can be combined to perform simple logic functions and how these logic blocks can be combined to perform memory tasks. Students will develop this concept towards the principle of a processor and will learn about simple programmable devices and how these relate to the range of programmable solutions that are currently available.
Sensing and extracting signals from the real-world is a fundamental requirement of virtually all electronic systems. This module provides students with the background knowledge and understanding of the ways in which signals are captured from sensors, then amplified, and then fed into a data acquisition system. It includes work on circuits and networks and introduces the op-amp, which is a fundamental building block of many analogue circuits. Students will also gain an understanding of basic sensor characteristics and of signals, including how they can be represented in the time and frequency domains and how they can be manipulated with filters.
Students have an opportunity to build and test the operation of op-amp and sensor circuits in a dedicated electronics lab during the module.
This module introduces students to a further range of mathematic techniques that can be directly applied to engineering problems, such as the application of matrices for solving simultaneous linear equations. Students will learn about the application of the Laplace transform, a powerful technique used in electronics and control and vibration analysis, which transforms differential equations to a linear function. They will discover iterative methods that provide extra opportunities to find solutions to equations.
The global energy sector is continually evolving, particularly around the development of sustainable and renewable energy sources, and this module provides an understanding of this field along with conventional power generation and utilisation. Primarily, students will learn about the fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical and nuclear reactions which are essential for those who wish to specialise in these fields.
Students will gain an understanding of the ways in which energy is captured from renewable sources and produced from fossil fuel reserves, as well as a detailed understanding of wind turbine design. The module covers how hydroelectric schemes, tidal barrages and wave energy works and teaches students to make numerate comparisons of the energy available from these sources compared with thermal and nuclear power stations.
This wide-ranging module considers the engineering aspects of transport technology such as fuel consumption and how it may be reduced, types of engines and motors, and electric drive systems for land transport. More specifically, students will look at the Otto cycle, aerodynamic drag, basic circuit theory, batteries, and fuel cells. They will also learn how to calculate vehicle performance, taking account of drag, mass, and propulsion characteristics. Energy flow diagrams for IC engines and electric and hybrid vehicles will be covered as well as thermodynamic cycles for petrol and diesel engines and their major components.
There are four practical exercises associated with this module reflecting the wide scope of the content. They include evaluation of the efficiency of an internal combustion engine (requiring groups to partially dismantle the engine, make measurements to determine its compression ratio and valve timings, then reassemble it and perform calculations based on measurements), and economic assessment of a new light rail transport system in the North West.
Applying mathematics to real-world problems is a key skill for engineers. This module introduces students to a range of mathematic techniques that can be directly applied to engineering problems. Amongst the topics covered, students will learn about vectors, indices and logarithms, as well as complex numbers to enable them to precisely describe an electrical current or signal. The mathematical methods used here are put to use in engineering practicals and projects. For example, topics related to matrices are used in the second year robotics project for transforming coordinate systems.
Manufacturing is at the foundation of our global prosperity and is a continually developing field. This module covers a wide range of manufacturing processes used in engineering, from the well-established, such as casting and moulding, to modern and growing methods, such as additive manufacturing. By the end of the module, students have gained knowledge of a range of materials, ways of producing them as manufactured or part-manufactured components and ways of estimating the cost of doing it.
The lectures are accompanied by hands-on experience of machining, welding and material testing techniques in our dedicated workshops and at least one industrial visit to see some of the manufacturing processes in action (most recently Jaguar Land Rover).
The human skeleton, a suspension bridge and a car chassis are examples of structures that are designed to transmit forces from one place to another. To do this safely and efficiently it is important to adopt the right arrangement of load-bearing components and to use materials with appropriate strength and stiffness. In this module, students will learn about structural forms and beam theory and will develop their ability to analyse engineering problems by calculating internal stress of components in tension, compression and bending, and by applying the Euler buckling theory. As a result, students will gain an appreciation of designing simple engineering structures to achieve the required strength and stiffness for a wide range of manufactured products.
Practical sessions will be delivered in our labs and students will work in groups to design, build and test efficient steel box beams to withstand a set load. The exercise comprises application of the analysis techniques learnt in lectures, an element of creative design, sheet metal fabrication and testing, and a final written project report including analysis of the failed beam.
Focusing on the fundamental aspects of process engineering, this module aims to equip students with an understanding of basic processing terminology such as batch, semi-batch, continuous, purge and recycling. There will be a review of processes, along with flow diagrams, process variables and units, and students will become familiar with the mass balance of non-reactive systems, including general material balance of a single-unit operation and multiple-unit operations.
This module will allow students to assign process variables, units and economics; students will develop knowledge of industrial processes along with a working understanding of phase equilibrium thermodynamics to chemical processes. A range of vapour-liquid equilibria, covering the level rule, ideal solutions, Raoult’s Law, Henry’s Law, volatility and relative vitality, will be approached in detail on the module.
This module considers a wide range of material in the wider business development area. Students are encouraged to think with creativity, with entrepreneurial flair and innovation. Practical sessions allow students to demonstrate their progress on a weekly basis through idea generation, peer presentations, elevator pitches and formal presentations, and the module is complemented by a number of external industrial speakers who have been successful in their own business endeavours and are keen to pass on that knowledge.
Students will become familiar with a rich mixture of experiential learning opportunities that develop a wide range of transferable skills in the context of engineering entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the development and use of business plans and marketing strategies. Students will prepare a business plan, and will discuss team dynamics and the requirements for entrepreneurial activity. Additionally, students will learn to use appropriate terminology in developing business projects. They will discuss relevant aspects of company finance, uncertainty in business ventures and how markets can be analysed and will analyse frameworks for marketing and the structure of a business plan, along with developing the ability to analyse potential markets and sources of funding.
This module introduces students to numerate aspects of engineering. It is designed to provide students with a broad and flexible array of mathematical methods for the analysis of data and signals, and intends to illustrate the essential role of computing in the application of these. Students will use calculus for the analysis of trigonometric, non-linear, polynomial and exponential functions, and will sketch multivariable functions with engineering meaning on three-dimensional Cartesian axes.
Additionally, students will evaluate the significance of differential equations in the description of an Engineering system and apply methods such as Laplace, integration and substitution for their solution, along with developing the ability to analyse systems in both the time and frequency domain, using Fourier and Laplace transformations. Students will learn to apply the spectrum of approximate methods that exist for finding the roots of equations, definite integrals and linear approximations.
Students will apply the matrix representation of coefficients and the correspondence to arrays in software, including the use of manipulations such as the inverse matrix. They will also use the concepts of least squares analysis in order to assess the consistency of data. Finally, students will develop the ability to use a software package such as Excel for multivariable analysis of a given function and to produce appropriate graphical outcomes.
Working in groups, students are responsible for the research, management and technical content of the project as well as evidencing the use of engineering design skills where appropriate. The students will be assigned a project title and project supervisors who will guide and advise them throughout the project.
Students will apply chemical engineering principles to problems of current and future industrial relevance including sustainable development, safety, and environmental issues. They will also develop and demonstrate creative and critical powers by requiring choices and decisions to be made in areas of uncertainty, along with transferable skills such as communication and team working. The module will also enable students to gain confidence in their ability to apply their technical knowledge to real problems.
Students will understand that design is an open-ended process, lacking a predetermined solution, which requires synthesis, innovation and creativity, as well as judgemental choices on the basis of incomplete and contradictory information. Students will gain the ability to make decision, work with constraints and multiple objectives, justify the choices and decisions taken. Additionally, students will deploy their chemical engineering knowledge using rigorous calculation and results analysis to arrive at and verify the realism of the chosen design, along with taking a systems approach to design appreciating, including complexity, interaction and integration. Ultimately, students will work in a team and will develop an understanding as well as learning to manage the processes of peer challenging, planning, prioritising and organising.
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This module is designed to enhance students’ understanding of system dynamics and feedback at the block diagram level, by providing tools for the analysis of linear single-degree-of-freedom systems. Students will gain the ability to choose and use appropriate instrumentation appropriate for feedback and data-logging purposes. The module will enable students to interface devices such as memory, digital IO and analogue IO to a microprocessor or microcontroller. They will also discover how to access such devices from within a program using C and/or Assembler.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to develop single-degree-of-freedom models for simple mechanical, electric and electromechanical systems. They will also be able to discuss the assumptions necessary to develop such linear models and have an awareness of nonlinear and chaotic systems. Additionally, students will develop the ability to analyse 1st and 2nd order models in both the time and frequency domain, including vibrations and asymptotic stability, and will write down the transfer function of a system from its differential equation and understand the significance of the poles/zeros. Further skills available on the module includes the ability to manipulate block diagrams of open and closed-loop systems, and design proportional, integral, derivative, velocity and multi-term controllers. Finally, students will construct and use Bode diagrams, and will develop the knowledge required to analyse the function and physical operation of a range of common types of transducer, e.g. for the measurement of strain, force, temperature and acceleration.
This module introduces advanced mass transfer, particulate technology and separation processes, and their importance. It will describe the underlying principles behind these and aims to provide a sound basis for confidently designing and selecting processes involving reactants and products of any physical form. It also aims to provide a good understanding of health, safety and environmental considerations when working with particulates. Students will learn to describe advanced mass transfer processes and will developing an understanding of the interdependence of elements of a complex system, along with developing the ability to integrate processing steps into a sequence.
Students will apply analysis techniques, and will understanding powder characterization techniques and specify appropriate data required for further processing and to ensure quality of the final product. Additionally, students will select methods for preparing desired products and understand the governing principles behind their operation. They will also demonstrate understanding of particulate interactions with fluids and the how these govern the operation of solid / liquid and solid / gas processes with particular application to those studied in the course, as well as being able to select the appropriate processes for the objectives given a critical understanding of a range of options available and have an appreciation of the compromises which may have to be made.
Finally, students will demonstrate knowledge of some common industrial processes, and will be able to explain that operation from fundamental principles and apply this knowledge to unfamiliar examples. They will gain an appreciation for health, safety and environmental considerations of working with particulates and relevant process equipment.
This module considers mass and heat transfer and their importance in chemical engineering. It describes the underlying principles and provides an understanding of the technological implications of mass and heat transfer. It aims to develop knowledge of heat transfer calculations and to show where these are the essence of, or are essential to, engineering design. It also aims to provide an understanding of health, safety and environmental considerations when working with particulates.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to understand mass and heat transfer principles, estimate steady state heat transfer rates and size simple parallel and contra flow heat exchangers. They will also gain the necessary skillset to estimate temperature distributions within 1-D or rotationally symmetric systems in which there is steady heat flow, and correctly size cooling fins and will set up appropriate boundary conditions for 3-D heat conduction problems that are to be solved numerically using a software package. Finally, students will be able to evaluate and determine film and overall mass transfer coefficients, as well as being able to correctly size fluid-fluid mass transfer equipment.
This module addresses the sizing and analysis of ideal reactors and looks at homogeneous reaction in batch and continuous reactors, along with systems of continuous reactors, such as series and parallel. Students will also be familiarised to multiple reactions, as well as conversion, selectivity and yield. They will also explore the classification of reactions. Students will be introduced to the concept of reactor design and its relationship to system kinetics, and will learn the differences between various types of reactors, as well as gaining the ability to select appropriate reactors to carry out specific reactions.
Additionally, students will develop the knowledge necessary to describe batch and continuous operation and the criteria for selection of each, and will understand and apply principles associated with reactor design. Students will also gain an understanding of interdependence of elements of a complex system, and will learn to integrate processing steps into a sequence. Finally, students will learn to apply analysis techniques to the design of reactors.
This module provides an advanced depth of chemical engineering fundamentals, applied to the concept of simultaneous momentum, heat and mass transfer in the design process. Students will develop skills in the common tool set used in chemical engineering design of evaporators, humidifiers, dryers and complex separations (multi-component distillation).
Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of processes integrating momentum of heat, mass and momentum transfers, including humidification process, cooling towers, driers, evaporators and multi-component distillation.
The module will also enhance students’ ability to define a problem and identify constraints of such processes. They will learn to adapt designs to meet new purposes and apply innovative design solutions and will be able to solve simultaneously momentum, heat and material balance problems.
In addition, students will develop an awareness of how the principles of mass and energy balances and other process parameters are interrelated and combined in the design of processes and equipment to give a complete plant. Finally, students will gain knowledge of the principles of effective management of health and safety, including appropriate legislation, and will be able to refer to a range of relevant design standards when generating designs.
The module provides a sound framework of principles for calculating mass/energy balances for various operations and processes for design purposes. Students will develop skills in the common tool set used in chemical engineering design, and will be introduced to hazard identification techniques and quantification as applicable to process plant.
Students will develop a design basis for a set of requirements, based on customer needs and identify constraints. They will be expected to ensure fitness for purpose, including maintenance, reliability and safety, and will adapt designs to meet new purposes and apply innovative design solutions. Additionally, students will learn how to solve material balance problems for multiple stage process operations, and will gain the necessary knowledge to identify principle successive steps required in the start of a process design.
Students will also gain an understanding of how the principles of mass and energy balances and other process parameters are interrelated and combined in the design of processes and equipment to give a complete plant, and will recognise the principles of effective management of health and safety, including appropriate legislation. They will be able to categorise hazards and refer to appropriate legislation, and will apply hazard identification techniques and analysis techniques in designs to support safety cases. Ultimately, students will develop an understanding of the concept of a safety case, and will gain the ability to refer to a range of relevant design standards when generating designs.
This module offers students an immersive experience of the chemical process design activity from the later stages of conceptual design through equipment sizing and mechanical configuration to the early stages of detailed process design. Students will gain the opportunity to apply the chemical engineering knowledge and skills previously developed to the real problems associated with the design of a coherent process.
On this module, students will demonstrate understanding, and competent application, of the tools of synthesis and integration to a complex chemical process. They will also gain a deep understanding of the principles of process evaluation with regard to sustainability as represented by safety, health and environmental impacts and economic impact, and an enhanced awareness of the sensitivity of their proposals to design and operational variables. Additionally, students will choose a route and synthesise a flowsheet for the manufacture of a specified quantity defined chemical product, and will select and deploy appropriate design methods for one or more items of process equipment. Students will evaluate the consequences of uncertainty in data, as well as the route and flowsheet options with regard to sustainability, as represented by safety, health and environmental and economic impact.
This module provides students with an insight into the physics, chemistry and engineering of common energy conversion processes, including conventional thermal power generation: coal, oil, open-cycle and combined cycle gas turbines. Students will develop the ability to analyse system efficiency and CO2 emissions of different schemes, along with studying direct conversion including solar photovoltaic devices and fuel cells.
This module will enable students to discuss and deduce numerically, the efficiency of a variety of energy conversion processes. They will also demonstrate understanding of the physics, chemistry and engineering of common energy conversion processes, including conventional thermal power generation, solar photovoltaic devices and fuel cells. There will be an opportunity for students to gain a range of transferable skills, such as the ability to describe and analyse energy conversion processes. Students will also gain a consideration of where current research trends are taking the field.
This module examines the role of management and its relevance to engineers today. In this context, specific knowledge about manufacturing systems and project financial appraisal will be introduced, together with relevant aspects of law and human resource management, industrial organisation and project costing.
Students will receive an outline of company finance and reporting, including relevant aspects of law and human resource management, industrial organisation; project costing, along with an overview of environmental reporting, quality and safety management.
The module will reinforce students’ understanding of the role of management in industry and its relevance to engineers today, as well as how modern manufacturing operations are organized financially. Students will evaluate financially both large and small projects as the basis for major decisions, and will develop knowledge of what quality is and its importance to all organizations. Additionally, students will apply suitable tools for the improvement of quality, will gain knowledge of the relevant aspects of law and human resource management, and will understand the importance of environmental reporting. The module will also enable students to carry out a basic level of safety management.
This module aims to familiarise students with the issues involved in starting up and running a company in a technological area and to introduce the concept of entrepreneur as a transformational leader. Work placements will allow students to develop an appreciation of engineering problems within an industrial context.
Students will participate in a company-based problem-solving or design project, and will improve their understanding of a particular technological problem depending on the nature of their company placement. Additionally, students will gain a theoretical basis of operations management, strategy and strategic development, accounting, customer value and marketing as well as managing human resources. The module will enhance students’ ability to carry out basic financial analyses, for example to forecast the company's future performance, and will provide them with a theoretical basis and practical experience of problem solving and teamwork. Finally, students will gain a theoretical basis and some experience of Human Resources aspects of business.
This module explores electrochemical reactions, electrochemical reactor design and applications of electrochemical technology; the three aspects of electrochemical engineering. Students will gain the opportunity to build on their knowledge and understanding of the reaction and transport processes fundamental to chemical engineering by apply it to electrochemical systems. Students will develop the ability to explain and implement the equations describing the thermodynamics of, and mass transport in, dilute and concentrated electrolytes, and to assess their applicability in specific cases.
They will also explain and implement equations for production and transport of heat in electrochemical systems, as well as the temperature dependence of electrode potentials, electrode kinetics and mass transport properties. Additionally, students will develop an understanding of current distribution in electrochemical reactors, and will set up mathematical models of electrochemical systems, based on the continuity and transport equations for relevant variables. Students will also specify appropriate boundary conditions for these. In addition to this, students will possess the necessary knowledge to explain and discuss important aspects and problems in modelling, design and use of some realistic systems, such as PEM fuel cells, electrochemical batch reactors. Students will then evaluate results from simulations.
This module explores waste-water engineering technology through the study of a range of unit operations particularly relevant but not confined exclusively to the treatment of municipal waste-water. Among the topics addressed, students will be introduced to flow and load analysis and the relationship with the design condition,
waste-water treatment objectives to manage environmental impact. They will also examine flow and load management and physical, chemical and biological treatment technologies.
The module is built around a substantial design project supported by “web based” source materials which describe the founding techniques required to carry out the basic design and offer guidance toward additional resources for the more sophisticated aspects, along with the basic data with which to execute the project and offers design principals and methods for a range of relevant water and wastewater treatment technologies. These are available in a mixture of formats including downloadable databanks and design method, lecture slides and virtual lectures.
Students will develop the skills requires to characterise the sources of and management methods relevant to, the variability in the flow of municipal waste water. They will demonstrate their understanding of the principals governing the performance of a range of water treatment technologies through the selection of suitable equipment for a range of applications, and will be able to critically analyse water flow and composition data with regard to its application as the basis of a design. Finally, students will develop the ability to synthesise process configurations for the treatment of a typical wastewater, and will carry out the process design of a range of water treatment technologies.
This module will give students the opportunity to study the breadth of the challenges found in the abstraction of water from the environment, its treatment to achieve prescribed engineering and the regulatory standards and framework against which compliance is gauged and enforced. The unit introduces the hydrological cycle and the place of human activity in it. The environmental and social issues associated with abstraction and inequity of access to water is discussed and students will explore the international trans boundary consequences by undertaking and reporting on individual case studies.
Chemical and microbiological contamination will be described along with its consequences to form a background to and justification for the regulatory framework and to inform the engineering design of treatment technologies. The suite of EU directives will be described as an exemplar of water regulation. A number of treatment technologies relevant to the production of potable and/or industrial water will be discussed and design methods developed.
Students will gain the level of knowledge required to describe the hydrological cycle and explain the processes involved, along with an understanding of the main provisions of European water regulation and explain its basis. Students will gain the ability to synthesise water treatment process solutions to meet engineering and or regulatory objectives, and will carry out the process design of a number of relevant water unit operations.
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
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