Chemical Engineering BEng Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
H800

Entry Year
2020

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science: Chemistry, Physics or Biology

GCSE Minimum of four GCSEs at grade B or 6 to include Mathematics, and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4. GCSE Chemistry at grade B required with an A-level in 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.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and 6 in Chemistry HL (Physics or Biology may be considered with GCSE Chemistry grade B)

Reformed International Baccalaureate (for 2021 entry) 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL (either pathway) and 6 in a Physical Science HL (including Chemistry, Physics or Biology). We can also consider 6 in Mathematics HL with SL 6 Physics and SL 6 Chemistry, or Mathematics SL 7 (Analysis & Approaches pathway, with 6 in HL Physics or 6 in HL Chemistry – Chemical Engineering). Other physical sciences at HL may be considered.

BTEC Considered alongside A level Chemistry

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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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.

Year 1

    Core

Year 2

    Core

Year 3

    Core

Careers

Careers

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.

Fees and Funding

Fees

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 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £22,550

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.

Funding

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

It will be necessary for students to purchase clothing for use in laboratories which is approximately £70. The University pays for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology where appropriate plus contributes to specialist software and workshop materials.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Download the latest Engineering brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

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hours of lectures in your first year

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hours of lab and project work in your first year

19-22

hours of weekly contact in your first year

Sarj Dhillon

A place for Sarj

"Studying Chemical Engineering has been one of the most fulfilling decisions I've made. I've been able to grow more than I expected as a person by developing my skillsets in my academic work and through other activities like charity work. Lancaster's collegiate system also helped me to engage with university activities while supporting my work, my wellbeing, and social aspects of university life.

"The Engineering lecturers have a great technical understanding of their subjects and develop strong relationships with students, so it's easy to approach them with questions about our studies outside of designated contact hours.

"During my time at Lancaster University, I've secured an industrial placement at Procter and Gamble, one of the largest home goods companies in the world. They are very selective with their applicants and without the extra-curricular opportunities provided at Lancaster, I would not have been able to land this competitive placement."

Sarj Dhillon, MEng Hons Chemical Engineering

Equipped to achieve

Our Engineering building contains two wet chemistry laboratories, equipped with electrochemical workstations. These workstations will help guide you through techniques such as corrosion measurement, low current detection or electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. We also have equipment that allow us to use techniques and methods such as scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, UV-visible spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence.

Keep your options open

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.

Your typical first year

All of our degrees share a common first year of study. This will give you an excellent grounding in all aspects of engineering, before you develop more specialist knowledge.

Lectures

Lectures are like classroom lessons you have experienced. They differ in that group sizes can vary between large and small numbers. The prime purpose of a lecture is to impart knowledge and to develop your understanding of a subject. It is important to extract the content and the message of the information presented.

Tutorials

We reinforce our modules with a scheme of weekly tutorial workshops. These are small groups of students with a member of academic staff as a tutor. For engineering tutorials, there will be question sheets and exercises for you to complete as well as the opportunity to discuss the wider context of the work. This can include ethics, careers and any other material important to your development as individual learners and professional engineers. Maths workshops will help you to apply your mathematical skills to other material covered in lectures.

Laboratory work and projects

In your first year, you will spend two afternoons per week in lab work. This will either be practical work in the laboratory or computer programming sessions.

Independent learning

You should spend about half of your time on independent learning. This includes reading your notes from lectures, further reading, coursework, practical work linked to modules and tutorials and preparation for exams.

Conceive Design Implement Operate

Our degrees are underpinned by the CDIO(TM) framework to prepare you for industry careers. It provides you with an education stressing engineering fundamentals. These set you in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating real-world systems and products.

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Typical time in lectures, seminars and similar per week during term time

48%

Average assessment by coursework

Important Information

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