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Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

UCAS Code: H806
BEng (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemical, process & energy engineering
Student score
84% MED
% employed or in further study
85% LOW
Average graduate salary
£28.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAB including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics. Practical Science required. Mathematics and (Physics or Chemistry).

Scottish Highers

Highers at AAB in 3 subjects, in conjunction with Advanced Highers at grades AB including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics

Scottish Advanced Highers

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

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

35 points with 6 6 5 at HL with Maths and at least one of Chemistry or Physics at HL

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This course is taught within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough. It is consistently ranked in the UK top 10 in all major newspaper league tables and has an excellent reputation for student satisfaction and graduate prospects. Over 97% of their graduates in employment are in professional or managerial roles 6 months after leaving. The average starting salary of their graduates is over £29,000 (of those available for work or study DLHE 2013). Chemical engineers develop new chemical processes and products, and improve the performance of existing ones, they make a huge difference to the world that we live in. The course covers the main principles underpinning the manufacture of â??chemical productsâ?? on a commercial scale such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, petrochemicals, cosmetics and household goods. During this course you can take the option of a paid industry placement. Completing a placement not only gives you real world experience but you will also gain an additional qualification of a Diploma in Industrial Studies. This is an experience that will really help you stand out when applying for your first engineering job. Examples of the companies where students have undertaken their year-long placement include AstraZeneca, BP, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft, Unilever, Tata Steel and Valero. This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).


Year 1 modules introduce the basic concepts of chemical engineering such as mass and energy balances, process design, and process economics. Year 2 modules develop core chemical engineering subjects such as separation processes, mass transfer operations, safety and loss prevention, and environmental control. Year 3 blends core and optional subjects such as reaction engineering, transfer processes, process control, biochemical engineering, and pollution control. Students also undertake a research project and a design project.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
19% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
412 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 85% LOW
Average graduate salary £28.5k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the chemicals industry, like a lot of manufacturing, had a tough time during the recession, the UK has had a shortage of chemical engineers for a while now so starting salaries are good. In fact, across the UK, only doctors and dentists bettered the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates, and in Scotland, where the best starting salaries for chemical engineers are to be found (thanks to the oil and gas industry), even dentists lagged behind last year. So if you want to make good money from the start, this is the degree to take. Most graduates take a longer course that leads to an MEng – which is what you need to take if you want to be a Chartered Engineer. Chemical engineers are also more likely than other engineers to take doctorates and go into research roles, so if you want to take an engineering subject but fancy a research job, this might be a good subject to take.
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