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Department of Chemical Engineering

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Industrial experience

Our excellent industry contacts give you the opportunity to gain a mid-degree placement with the likes of Unilever and GSK.

Our integrated placement degree programme allows you to spend the whole of your third year on an industrial placement, within the context of a four-year MEng Chemical Engineering degree.


The placement lets you put the chemical engineering knowledge gained during your first two years of study into practice, developing a breadth of further technical and transferable skills, all whilst receiving a salary.

This real-world engineering experience accelerates your career development with the support of professional engineers and academics and increases employability.


Our students undertake placements across a variety of sectors from energy to pharma to design consultancy to biotechnology, hosted by companies ranging from global corporates to SMEs based in the UK and beyond. Recent placement hosts include; Unilever, Sellafield, GSK, EDF, Banner Chemicals (2M), Cargill and Axion Polymers.

Support in finding placement opportunities and preparing applications is available from our excellent Careers Service and students benefit from our extensive and long-established network of industry partners and placement hosts.

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Watch our industrial placement video 

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