Our ground-breaking research feeds directly into teaching and you will be taught by academics in an environment where knowledge is created. Through our research and the funding it attracts, we are able to invest in world-class facilities and staff who will enthuse and inspire you.
You will benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. The courses are modular and are structured around lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, and individual and group projects that allow you to gain hands-on experience of investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials in a real-world context.
You may choose from our flexible range of modules to reflect your interests and career plans, and with practical work being core to your study, you will be able to really get to grips with your subject and prepare yourself for a career in this varied and exciting industry.
Lectures provide a guide to specific subject matter and explain the foundations of a subject on which a student’s knowledge can be developed. You will be taught by world-leading academics in our modern lecture theatres which are equipped with the latest audio-visual and computer-based teaching aids, such as wi-fi and e-voting handsets.
Small group teaching in tutorials encourages active participation and understanding, allowing students to contribute freely, and supplements formal teaching in lectures, providing an opportunity for students to develop their ideas and skills. Tutorials also allow assessed work to be set and explained, as well as feedback to students on their knowledge and understanding, and their coursework performance. They are also a good place to practise transferable skills such as written and oral presentation, and to build career awareness and discipline-specific professional skills.
The practical content of our courses is high, and the skills you will develop stand you in good stead in competition for science/technology-based careers. You will work in small groups supervised by lecturers and demonstrators who will explain what individual practical sessions are about and what methodology will be used and why, plus how the practical links to material presented in lectures and tutorials. Staff will also help clarify any uncertainties or issues of concern, and ensure safe working practices.
Students gain experience investigating and applying material from their lectures, tutorials and project work in real life situations through industrial visits. These provide a unique opportunity for students to gain insight into working environments related to their subject area, seeing first-hand the relevance and application of their academic learning. Visits aligned with design/research projects, in particular, help provide context and realism to their academic programmes. Recent industrial visits include Drax power station, Corus Steel
and the National Coal Mining Museum.
All our degrees are accredited which is the first, essential step to becoming a Chartered Engineer after graduation.
You will be assessed via a number of different methods.
We have an excellent student support team, located close to where you work and study, who will help you with anything, from academic advice and guidance, online module enrolment and registration, timetabling, results and progression requirements to coursework/project submission enquiries.
Our personal tutorial system will provide additional academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
The web-based student portal will enable you to access the University’s student services and information and the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) allows you access to your personal timetables, academic and social groups, and much more.
Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng)
All of our degrees are Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng), providing you with great breadth and depth of study. You can graduate after three years with a BEng or continue for another year to complete the MEng, which fulfils the academic requirements necessary for Chartered Engineer status, the preferred engineering qualification. There are requirements at the end of the third year for progression to the MEng.
If you choose to do the MEng, you will have the opportunity to work on a greater range of project work, including group work. Our strong industrial links mean that individual and group project work have a significant degree of industrial involvement.
Alternatively, you may decide to graduate after three years with the BEng, perhaps because you plan to take a specialist MSc, study for a PhD or start employment. Our BEng is highly regarded nationally and internationally in its own right.
Throughout the course you will undertake both individual and group projects. Team design projects teach the skills needed to successfully complete designs of real industrial processes. Students work in small teams and develop their technical and problem-solving abilities, drawing on, and synthesising, knowledge developed elsewhere on the course. Individual and group research projects teach students how to conduct innovative research, and to communicate the practical and technical relevance of the results. They develop scholarship and independent inquiry, as well as the skills needed for confident, self-motivated learning. As well as developing technical and problem-solving abilities, project work also allows students to develop professional skills to facilitate successful participation in design and research activities, including team working and effective communication skills.
For many students, project work is the most challenging, satisfying and memorable part of their course. These projects develop a number of essential skills required to succeed in industry, such as problem solving, team work, and time management, as well as giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your imagination and flair.
As well as smaller projects throughout
the earlier years of the course, you will
undertake a group design project in the final year of the BEng course, and if you progress to MEng you will carry out an individual research project in year 4 of your studies.
Chemical Engineering - Student project examples:
• Plant design for producing hydrogen from natural gas
• Plant design for the manufacture of detergent powder
• Design of a nickel ore processing plant
• Design of a sulphuric acid plant
• Chlorine process plant design
• Process design for the manufacture of anthroquinone
• Design of a low emissions coal-fired power plant
• Biomass combustion in a fluidised bed
Energy Engineering - Student project examples:
• Unmixed reforming of vegetable oil for hydrogen production
• The influence of meteorology and traffic congestion on air quality
• Pollution levels in urban street canyons
• Assessment of bioremediation willow as a potential fuel source
• Factors affecting boiler efficiency
• Quantifying household CO2 emissions
• Pyrolysis of waste plastics
• Assessment of a potential wind farm site
• Modelling of biomass/coal combustion
• Design of a low-emissions coal-fired power plant
"The best aspect of the course has been all the project work that I did during the whole time I studied at Leeds. All the project work helped me to build my technical skills as well as some personal skills like working with people in a team both as a team member and as a team leader, communication skills and skills on how to tackle different problems and it also helped me become more responsible and organized." Chemical Engineering student
“I always enjoyed both Chemistry and Maths, therefore Chemical Engineering was the most perfect choice of course for me. I choose Leeds because of its reputation and I was not disappointed. The School has many links with both industry and other research groups.” Chemical Engineering student
“I really enjoyed the project work, apart from doing something practical, it allowed you to get a sense of what it would like to work in industry. As well as developing important technical skills, the project work also developed my interpersonal skills such as team working, problem solving and project planning - skills that employers are so keen on. "Chemical Engineering student
"I have always found learning
about renewable sources of
energy very interesting, after
researching about the course
here in Leeds, I was very
impressed and wanted to be part of it. The course is also well recognised by employers and is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI)." Energy Engineering student