Department of Chemical Engineering


Employers include:

  • AstraZeneca
  • BP
  • Cadburys
  • Chevron
  • E.on
  • ExxonMobil
  • Kraft Foods
  • National Grid
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Shell
  • Unilever.

Undergraduate industrial placements student Amy Lake from the Department of Chemical Engineering

My placement has enabled me to apply my knowledge to real-life problems. My confidence and communication skills have developed, along with my technical ability, as I work with a wide variety of people, from work experience students to subject experts.

— Amy Lake, 
MEng Chemical Engineering, Placement with BP


Find out more

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For more information, contact our placement team:




All our undergraduate programmes include optional, year-long, paid placements with some of the world's most successful companies.

During a placement you will develop your skills in a commercial environment and learn about sophisticated engineering systems.

Recent placement students have worked in:

  • Offshore oil and gas facilities
  • Nuclear plants
  • Refineries
  • Breweries
  • Pharmaceutical research and development.

How do placements work?

Students taking a placement do so in their penultimate year as a paid employee of a company.

Placements last for 12 months and all employers are based in Britain.

For more information see our faculty placements page or contact our placements team.

Support and guidance

Our dedicated placements team will help you look for a position and advise you about CVs and interviews. They will also stay in regular contact with you throughout the year. However, we cannot guarantee that a particular placement will be available or that you will be able to earn a particular salary; applications for placements can be very competitive.

What are the benefits?

You will:

  • Use advanced equipment
  • Develop your skills alongside professional engineers
  • Make industry contacts, which may lead to further work – or a job offer
  • Improve your employment prospects
  • Be paid between £15,000 and £23,000
  • Take a step towards earning professional status.