Nuclear power is a major component of the energy supply mix of many industrialised nations. Concerns over climate change have prompted a major resurgence of interest in nuclear power in the UK and elsewhere, meaning that the current shortage of skilled engineers capable of designing, building, operating and decommissioning such facilities is likely to grow in the future.
To help meet this demand, this course will give you specialist knowledge in various aspects of nuclear energy, so that after graduation you can expect to pursue an exciting and highly rewarding career in the industry. You'll also gain a broad knowledge of key topics across the field of chemical engineering, such as thermodynamics and materials science, to complement your specialist skills.
You'll be taught by experts and apply your learning to project work at every stage of the course, equipping you with the knowledge and professional skills to succeed 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.
Year 3 gives you the opportunity to build on this foundation. You'll develop a more advanced knowledge of key chemical engineering topics such as reaction engineering and separation processes, alongside a specialised module in nuclear science and engineering, from the principles of fission and fusion to reactor decommissioning and the treatment of nuclear waste.
If you continue to Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you'll take Masters-level modules informed by the research interests of staff in the School. You'll develop skills in designing new chemical products and manufacturing challenges and study reaction engineering in greater depth.
At the same time, you'll deepen your understanding of the context of nuclear engineering and the directions it may take in the future, including public acceptance of nuclear power, the context of climate change and energy policy and technical issues like process instrumentation and control. You'll also focus on a nuclear topic in depth when you apply your learning to a substantial research project.
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 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.
The nuclear industry is also growing in the UK and worldwide as countries seek to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. There is currently a shortage of qualified engineers with the skills to meet this need, and this degree puts you in an excellent position to compete for the opportunities available in the sector.
Recent graduates have gone to work as nuclear, chemical, technical plant, field sales and process engineers. They work in nuclear organisations such as ABB, AMEC, Babcock International, Baker Hughes, Belzona, Energus, Sellafield Ltd, Sita UK and Worley Parsons. In addition, they work beyond the nuclear industry at companies like Air Products, BOC, BP, Centrica, Croda International and SABIC UK.
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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'The most enjoyable aspect of my time on placement would be the amount of freedom and responsibility I received from my managers and technical leads on projects.' Read more Daniel Theobald, MEng Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
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