Developing new processes for producing specialist materials, such as plastics, lightweight metal alloys and nanomaterials, is an emerging trend in the chemical industry for a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications. Covering all these areas, the degree is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills for a career in the chemical, materials and related industries.
You'll gain a good grounding in the fundamental science and mathematical concepts that underpin chemical engineering, such as thermodynamics and the principles of process engineering. Specialised modules will also give you a thorough understanding of materials-related topics like structural materials and nano-materials.
Each year of the course also gives you the chance to take part in project work, equipping you with the range of professional skills you'll need in your future career.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
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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.
Design is a particularly important element of this course in every year. In Year 3, you'll take part in a group design project concentrating on the design of a materials processing plant, supported by modules that will help develop your specialist knowledge. You'll learn about structural materials and functional and nano-materials, as well as core topics like separation processes.
If you continue into Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you'll take Masters-level modules informed by the research interests of staff in the School. These will give you sophisticated knowledge of topics like materials selection and failure analysis, industrial polymer engineering and product design. You'll also conduct an individual research project on a materials-related topic.
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.
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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 as process engineers, drilling engineers, engineering technicians and chemical engineers among many others. They work 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 gone to work for organisations such as ABB, AMEC, Air Products, BOC, BP, Babcock International, Baker Hughes, Centrica, Croda International, GE, Novartis Grimsby, Reckitt Beckiser Products, SABIC UK, Sellafield Ltd, Tate & Lyle and Worley Parsons.
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.
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
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.
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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.
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