Why Engineering at Lancaster?
From our state-of-the-art facilities to our flexible degree structure, discover why our students love studying Engineering at Lancaster.
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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 this programme, you will further develop your knowledge in chemistry and engineering, and develop the skills for a rewarding career.
Chemical Engineers do not work in isolation and modern engineering is just as much about effective teamwork and communication, as it is the underlying science. As a result, our accredited Chemical Engineering programme recognises the broad field of the subject by starting with a general first year, which is shared among all engineering subjects at Lancaster.
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.
In the second year, you will begin to encounter specialist modules in chemical engineering, and you will continue to develop your core skills as an engineer. This year, 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. We would recommend the most appropriate time to do this would be at the end of year two, once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge.
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.
The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as meeting partial 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.
MEng Hons Chemical Engineering
We also offer a MEng Chemical Engineering programme, which IChemE has accredited as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. This programme provides further skills, knowledge and experience, with a focus on leadership and management. Students wanting to transfer to this programme must achieve a minimum threshold at the end of year two.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of chemical engineering, our graduates can gain access to a vast range of exciting industries, including Energy, Oil and Gas, Water, Manufacturing and Process industries. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake postgraduate level study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research or teaching.
Our Careers Service offers a wide range of support and advice, and we host a Science and Technology Careers Fair every year, allowing you to make valuable business connections.
We actively encourage students to take time out of their degree to complete periods of time in industry, typically 12 to 15 months’ paid employment. These industrial opportunities can be arranged in conjunction with the University, direct with companies or through the Engineering Development Trust’s Year in Industry scheme. Our strong industry links, from large corporations to small local companies, mean that we will be able to assist you to find a suitable and rewarding placement in a sector that interests you for your future career. We strive to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
A Level ABB
Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science: Chemistry, Physics or Biology
GCSE Minimum of four GCSEs at grade B or 5 with Mathematics at grade B or 6, and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4. GCSE Chemistry at grade B or 6 required with A level Physics or Biology.
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.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including either:
Acceptable physical science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Other physical sciences at HL may be considered. GCSE Chemistry at grade B or 6 required with a HL in Physics or Biology.
BTEC Considered alongside A level Chemistry
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. 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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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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.
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.
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. Every student will be able to reduce a circuit to its simplest form and carry out basic voltage and current split calculations.
The module provides 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 the basic calculations that underpin the subject, and confidently analyse and solve engineering problems and design solutions.
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 indices and logarithms, as well as complex numbers to enable them to precisely describe an electrical current or signal. They will also learn to manipulate square matrices to find inverses and determinants, and will manipulate vectors to find scalar and vector products.
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.
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. Students will come to understand the meaning of a derivative, both algebraically and graphically. They will also appreciate the meaning of an integral, and be able to integrate expressions directly by parts and by substitution. From this, students will apply integration to calculate physical quantities, including the arc length of a curve, the area and centroid of a plane region and the surface area, volume and centre of mass of a volume of revolution.
This module introduces students to a further range of mathematic techniques that can be directly applied to engineering problems including 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, control and vibration analysis which transforms differential equations to a linear function. They will also discover iterative methods that provide extra opportunities to find solutions to equations.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to use a range of mathematical techniques which will be of use in future engineering and mathematics courses. Techniques include Fourier series, simultaneous linear equations, eigenvalues, Laplace transforms and partial derivatives.
Many of the fundamental equations of engineering are written in the form of differential equations and so, this module teaches students the skills necessary to work with these. Students will learn both analytical and numerical techniques, which are of particular relevance to future engineering modules that analyse fluid and heat flow and temperature distribution.
Students will learn to verify that a given function is a solution of a specified first-order or second-order differential equation. They will also, when given an initial-value problem featuring different types of differential equations, find their particular solutions. The equations that will be examined include separable first-order differential equations, linear first-order differential equations, and homogeneous and non-homogenous linear second-order differential equations with constant coefficients.
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.
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 evaluating the efficiency of an internal combustion engine, which requires a group to partially dismantle the engine and make measurements to determine its compression ratio and valve timings. The group will then reassemble it and perform calculations based on their measurements. Another exercise involves the economic assessment of a new light rail transport system in the North West.
Manufacturing is at the foundation of global prosperity and is a continually developing field. This module covers a wide range of manufacturing processes used in engineering from the well-established practices such as casting and moulding to modern, growing methods such as additive manufacturing. By the end of the module, students will have gained knowledge of a range of materials and ways of producing them as manufactured or part-manufactured components whilst estimating the cost of doing so.
The lectures are accompanied by hands on experience of machining, welding and material testing techniques in dedicated workshops. There will also be at least one industrial visit to see 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.
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 considers a range of material in the wider business development area. Students are encouraged to think with creativity, 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. The module is accompanied 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. The module will focus on the development and use of business plans and marketing strategies. Students will prepare a business plan, discuss team dynamics and the requirements for entrepreneurial activity. Additionally, the appropriate terminology to use when developing business projects will be explored. Students will discuss relevant aspects of company finance, uncertainty in business ventures and techniques for analysing markets. They will also examine frameworks for marketing and structuring a business plan and will develop the ability to analyse potential markets and sources of funding.
Through this module students have the opportunity to learn about both the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and their application to a range of so called ‘unit operations’ which achieve specific process objectives, such as the separation of the components of a mixture. Students will learn about the safety, health and environmental activities required prior to commencing work in a laboratory or on semi-technical scale equipment. They will be able to learn about chemical engineering experimental design, data collection and error, and will practice safe working in laboratory and semi-technical facilities.
Students will develop their professional skills through team working, experimental design, safe equipment operation, data collection and keeping laboratory record books. They will also develop their reporting skills through the presentation of scientific reports, presentations to their peers and one to one discussions.
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. It also intends to illustrate the essential role of computing in the application of these skills. Students will use calculus for the analysis of trigonometric, non-linear, polynomial and exponential functions, and will sketch multivariable functions with a relation to engineering on three-dimensional Cartesian axes.
Additionally, students will evaluate the significance of differential equations in the description of an engineering system and will apply methods such as Laplace, integration and substitution to find the solution of these equations. They will also develop 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.
The matrix representation of coefficients and their correspondence will be applied to arrays in software, including the use of manipulations such as the inverse matrix. Students will use the concept of least squares analysis in order to assess the consistency of data. Finally, they 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, providing evidence for their use of engineering design skills where appropriate. The students will be assigned a project title and project supervisors who will advise them throughout.
Students will apply chemical engineering principles to industrial problems including sustainable development, safety and environmental issues. They will also develop and demonstrate creative and critical powers by making choices and decisions in areas of uncertainty and pick up transferable skills such as communication and team working. This module will allow students to take confidence in their ability to apply technical knowledge to real problems.
Students will understand that design is an open-ended process, lacking a predetermined solution. It 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 decisions, work with constraints and multiple objectives whilst justifying the choices and decisions they have made. Additionally, students will apply their chemical engineering knowledge using rigorous calculation and results analysis to arrive at and verify the realism of the chosen design. Students will take a systems approach to design including complexity, interaction and integration. Ultimately, students will work in a team and will learn to manage the processes of peer challenging, planning, prioritising and organising.
In this module students will learn how forces arise in static fluids and will be introduced to the basics of fluid machinery. The behaviour of fluids in laminar and turbulent flow and in pipes will also be explored. Students will develop their ability to carry out calculations on fluids motion.
They will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the first, second and third laws of thermodynamics and will be introduced to the concept of the equation of state (EoS). Students will learn about EoS models from the 'ideal' to the 'real' such as Van der Waals and virial models. Understanding of free energy, enthalpy, entropy and the relationships between the thermodynamic variables will be developed in the context of physico-chemical processes. The concepts of chemical potential, fugacity, activity and their role in both phase and chemical equilibria will also be examined. Binary interactions will be discussed as an underlying explanation for non-ideal behaviour of pure substances and mixtures.
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 freedom systems. Students will gain the ability to use appropriate instrumentation 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 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. They 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 include the ability to manipulate block diagrams of open and closed-loop systems and the design of 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 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 show where these are the essence of, or are essential to, engineering design. The module will also 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 gain the necessary skill set to estimate temperature distributions within 1-D or rotationally symmetric systems in which there is steady heat flow, and correctly sized cooling fins. They will also 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 be able to correctly size fluid to fluid mass transfer equipment.
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 develop an understanding of the interdependence of elements of a complex system. They will also gain the ability to integrate processing steps into a sequence.
Students will apply analysis techniques, understand powder characterisation 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 demonstrate an 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 module. Students will also be able to select the appropriate processes for the objectives given a critical understanding of a range of options available, and will 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 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 become familiar with 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. They will gain 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 selection of each. They will understand and apply principles associated with reactor design. Students will also gain an understanding of the interdependence of elements in 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.
An advanced exploration of chemical engineering fundamentals is provided and applied to the concept of simultaneous momentum, heat and mass transfer in the design process. Students will develop skills used in the chemical engineering design of evaporators, humidifiers, dryers and complex separations.
Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental processes involved in integrating momentum of heat, mass and momentum transfers including the humidification process, cooling towers and multi-component distillation.
The module will also enhance students’ ability to define a problem and identify the constraints of such processes. They will learn to adapt designs to meet new purposes, and apply innovative design solutions whilst simultaneously solving momentum, heat and material balance problems.
In addition, students will develop an awareness of the principles of mass and energy balance and how that, and other process parameters, are interrelated and combined in the design of processes and equipment to create a complete plant. Finally, students will gain knowledge about the principles of effective management of health and safety including appropriate legislation. They will be able to refer to a range of relevant design standards when generating designs.
This module develops students’ understanding of reactors and reaction engineering from the homogenous through catalytic and enzymatic to heterogenous and bio-reactions.
Students will learn about the kinetics of ‘idealised’ catalysis and enzymes in homogeneous systems before being introduced to heterogeneous reactions and the additional concepts required to describe them and interpret their behaviours.
They will also learn to interpret complex kinetic models in terms of the underlying process steps such as: mass transfer, pore-diffusion surface adsorption and desorption and the reaction itself.
Analysis of reaction data will be taught using a range of mathematical and empirical tools to quantify the characteristic kinetic parameters, and students will select and design a range of catalytic and bio-reactors based on the characteristics of the reacting system.
The module provides a sound framework of principles for calculating mass and 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 plants.
Students will develop a design for a set of requirements based on customer needs and identify any constraints. They will be expected to ensure it would be fit 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 balance and other process parameters are interrelated and combined in the design of processes and equipment to create a complete plant. The principles of effective management of health and safety, including appropriate legislation, will also be described. The students 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, they 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 their chemical engineering knowledge and skills previously developed to the real problems associated with the design of a coherent process.
During 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 and economic impact. An enhanced awareness of the sensitivity of operational variables in their design proposals will also be provided.
Additionally, students will choose a route and synthesise a flowsheet for the manufacture of a specified quantity of a 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.
Students are introduced to the use of computational data analysis, modelling and simulation in the field of chemical engineering. The module uses a mixture of visual basic and spreadsheet programming and one of the most widely employed professional chemical engineering software packages: ASPEN engineering suite. Students will develop competence in using computer modelling and simulation in chemical engineering analysis and design, and will gain an understanding of numerical methods relevant to this field.
Additionally, students will gain confidence in the application of numerical methods to the interpretation of chemical engineering data and to the creation of bespoke designs. They will develop problem solving skills using a specialist chemical engineering software package, and will enhance their skills of analysis and synthesis of solution algorithms for practical chemical engineering problems.
Completing this module will enable students to recognise the limitations of numerical modelling and simulations.
Students are provided 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. They will develop the ability to analyse systems efficiency and the CO2 emissions of different schemes, and will also study 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. 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. They 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 engineering 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, along with an overview of environmental reporting, quality and safety management.
The module will reinforce students’ understanding of the role of management in industry, as well as how modern manufacturing operations are organised financially. Students will financially evaluate both large and small projects as the basis for major decisions, and will develop knowledge of what quality is and its importance to all organisations. Additionally, students will apply suitable tools for the improvement of quality, and will come to understand the importance of environmental reporting. The module will also enable students to carry out a basic level of safety management.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:
At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.
It will be necessary for students to purchase clothing for use in laboratories which is approximately £30. The University pays for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology where appropriate plus contributes to specialist software and workshop materials.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small college membership fee which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2022 and 2023, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2024 have not yet been set.
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
In addition to travel and accommodation costs, while you are studying abroad, you will need to have a passport and, depending on the country, there may be other costs such as travel documents (e.g. VISA or work permit) and any tests and vaccines that are required at the time of travel. Some countries may require proof of funds.
In addition to possible commuting costs during your placement, you may need to buy clothing that is suitable for your workplace and you may have accommodation costs. Depending on the employer and your job, you may have other costs such as copies of personal documents required by your employer for example.
A generous donation from the family of Tom Millen will enable an outstanding Engineering student from a disadvantaged background to benefit from an annual bursary of £3,000.
This award is in memory of Tom Millen, who served as Superintendent of Laboratories and Workshops in the School of Engineering at Lancaster University. He began working for the School in 1969 and retired in 1977.
Each year, a £3,000 bursary will be offered to support one Engineering student from a disadvantaged background who has performed at a high academic level at the start of their studies at Lancaster. It will be awarded to the first-year student during their second year who meets the following criteria:
The bursary will be given in three £1,000 instalments over the course of the academic year. You do not need to apply for the scholarship - the selection process is internal.
What attracted you to study Engineering at Lancaster University?
Firstly, it was the offer of an initial general engineering year where I could get to know all types of engineering, and afterwards, be able to choose which path to follow knowing from experience what I enjoyed. Secondly, the excellent equipment of the engineering department which had an extensive research profile and third, the fact that it offered lots of support for international students.
When did you know it was right for you?
From the very first moment I stepped onto the Lancaster University campus I knew it was going to become my first choice. I had already visited a few universities in UK, but nothing compared to Lancaster. The university and the town looked very student-based, and although it was compact it still offered all the facilities and shops that I’d need. I really liked the campus feel and that it was surrounded by nature.
What has been your favourite aspect of your course so far?
One of my favourite things has been my 3rd-year project. For Chemical Engineering students, it is a group report where everybody has to contribute to designing a chemical plant to manufacture a product. This project has come to show how all the theory we have learnt in our modules is being used in practice, and listening to the needs of a client and delivering a fully functional product.
Maria Sanchez-O’Mullony Martinez, MEng Hons Chemical Engineering
Our Main Engineering Lab is a large and spacious, double-floored room home to the Engineering Strongfloor, Robotics area, and Wind Tunnel. Here is where you'll get the opportunity to load test materials and constructions, and work on projects involving robotics or renewable energy.
Our Electronics Lab is equipped with equipment such as oscilloscopes, signal generators, and power supplies to allow you to undertake prototyping and practical work in electronics.
Our Additive Manufacturing Lab comes equipped with a number of 3D printers and laser-based additive machines to fabricate items that wouldn't be possible using more traditional subtractive methods.
The Chemical Engineering Teaching Lab is where you'll in small groups to rotate around an assortment of experimental apparatus to engage and learn about industrial processes along with the associated health and safety, COSHH assessment, and substance controls.
Our Teaching Lab houses a variety of engineering apparatus that you'll get to use throughout your degree, from 3D printers and robotics arms, to CNC machines.
In the Mechanical Engineering Lab, you'll be able to join your peers working on the Formula Student project. Formula Student is an international racing competition for a single-seater racing car covering a number of static judging (design, marketing and cost) and different dynamic (acceleration, sprint, endurance) events.
Within the School of Engineering, we have a dedicated Breakout Space for you to get together with other students and collaborate on work, or otherwise socialise in your downtime between lectures, workshops, and labs.
The School's Computing Lab comes fully equipped with all of the software you'll need in order to create virtual prototypes of your projects, or work on electronic or embedded systems.
Engineering Projects make up a significant proportion of most of our Engineering degrees and involve a great deal of collaboration with your peers. This space is dedicated for you to work on these projects, allowing you the room to create and test prototypes.
If you're unsure of which area of specialisation you'd like to go into upon application, you can use the UCA code H100 Engineering to leave your options open. The common first year lets you change your specialisation allowing a more informed choice at the end of year one, subject to meeting the requirements of that course.
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