Chemical engineering is all about changing raw materials by altering the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance to create everything from face creams to fuels, metals to paper, plastics to synthetic fibres and drugs. This course will expose you to the fundamental science and mathematics underpinning process engineering concepts, alongside specialised modules to equip you for a career in the chemical and related process industries.
You'll gain an understanding of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science and mass and energy balances, alongside specialist knowledge of separation processes, reaction engineering and process control. You'll also undertake project work at every stage of the programme, allowing you to apply your knowledge to design and lab work and gain the range of skills you'll need in your professional career.
Taught by academics who are leaders in their fields, you'll benefit from our cutting-edge research and extensive links with industry.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You'll be taught by experts with internationally recognised research profiles in world-class facilities. Our labs are equipped with the latest technology for environmental monitoring and pollution control, advanced energy systems such as fuel cells, scanning electron microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, chemical processing unit operations and petroleum reservoir and rock deformation facilities.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited chemical engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.
The first two years of our four chemical engineering degrees share the same set of modules, focusing on the fundamental science and engineering concepts associated with the subject. Not only does this give you a firm foundation for your studies, but it also means you can switch easily between our courses if you choose.
You'll cover topics such as mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science and process modeling, as well as having plenty of opportunities to put that knowledge into practice in design and laboratory work.
In year 3, you'll build on this knowledge and study more specialised modules, covering a wide range of chemical engineering topics such as separation processes, reaction engineering, particle process engineering, process control and a major design project.
If you continue into Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you'll carry out an individual research project that investigates an industry-related topic in depth. Masters-level modules informed by research interests across the School will allow you to develop sophisticated knowledge of topics such as product design and development, modelling and simulation, advances in chemical engineering and advanced reaction engineering.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
Find out more about our Projects
You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Careers in the field of Chemical Engineering are wide-ranging, and employment prospects are excellent. Our graduates have successfully secured positions in chemical and pharmaceutical companies, fossil fuel and renewable energy plants, mineral processing and metals recycling operations, as well as other areas such as the utilities, consulting, environmental, health and safety, and other government agencies and banking and finance.
Recent graduates have secured positions including:
According to a salary survey undertaken by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), in 2014, the average starting salary for a chemical engineer in the UK is in the region of £29,500.
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
Find out more about work placements.
'During my placement year I have given presentations to a multi-national board of business leaders, commissioned my own experiments and utilized a number of engineering software packages.' Read more James Philip, MEng Chemical Engineering (Industrial)
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