The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



The Diploma in Industrial Training, which is available with all our Chemical Engineering programmes, allows students the chance to work in the chemical and process industry before completing their final year(s) of study. The programme structure is the same as followed by the MEng/BEng programme. Students need to apply and be accepted for a place in industry in order to qualify for the DIT award.


Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Provides a general introduction to the subject, emphasising the role of basic mathematics and science. Courses introduce basic techniques and principles of chemical engineering including: Mass Balances; Basic Thermodynamics; and Energy Balances.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:31%
  • Independent study:69%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:75%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 25%
Year 2

Important themes are developed focusing on an understanding of the movement of material, heat and how materials behave. The principal components of this Level include: Fluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; and Thermodynamics. A mini design project pulls together the key themes for this year.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:32%
  • Independent study:68%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:61%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Coursework: 31%
Year 3

For standard BEng/MEng candidates this Level is identical to the BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering structure. Students can apply to companies offering industrial placements. Successful candidates will usually start their placement during the summer vacation.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:33%
  • Independent study:67%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:56%
  • Practical: 13%
  • Coursework: 31%
Year 4

Year in Industry: Through the placement year, regular contact between the student and University takes place via progress reports and visits. Historically, placements have seen students take on responsible roles supporting their line manager and the company as a whole in its day-to-day operations.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:0%
  • Independent study:0%
  • Placement:100%


  • Written:0%
  • Practical: 100%
  • Coursework: 0%
Year 5

The specialist and core Chemical Engineering subjects are concluded along with the extensive research project. A central theme is the enhanced design project where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in process design and commercial awareness..

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:60%
  • Practical: 5%
  • Coursework: 35%

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