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Chemical engineers convert materials into products used the world over, every day.

These range from pharmaceuticals, clothing, petrol, paints, food, drinks and more – all of which are engineered with financial and environmental considerations in mind.

On this course you will use the CDIO (conceive, design, implement, operate) approach developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. CDIO gives you sought-after, hands-on experience that you can deploy in your future career which could include energy management, water and food security, resource scarcity, climate change and more.

Our MEng option will advance your engineering talent even further and develop your leadership and management skills.



Why Study Chemical Engineering?

The role of chemical engineers has never been so important. As well as designing and delivering products ranging from pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and drink, they have a responsibility to help manage the world’s resources and protect the environment.

Designed with input from industry experts, this course follows a practical problem-solving approach. You'll be able to unlock your creative potential and build technical expertise, so you become a highly skilled, work-ready chemical engineering graduate who can develop innovative ways to turn raw materials into everyday products.

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS points (including A level or equivalent in maths, physics, applied science or engineering).

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

Further entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (including mathsematics, English language, science)
  • Science can be physics, chemistry, biology or computer science

You will need to maintain 50% or more in each module during the first three years of undergraduate study to remain on/progress onto this course. Please note any module failure at Level 7 will result in being awarded the BEng Mechanical Engineering.

BEng Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year and BEng Chemical Engineering are also available.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

During the course, you'll gain a fundamental understanding of core aspects of chemical engineering such as chemical process engineering design, maths and computing for chemical engineers, heat transfer and fluid flow, physical chemistry and thermodynamics.

As you progress through the degree, you will complete projects and develop specialist knowledge and skills in areas such as process design and control, transport phenomena, separation processes and chemical reaction engineering. 

In the third year, you'll work independently and as part of a team on a design project in chemical engineering and this will prepare you for a major research project in the final year.

The strong focus we place on preparing you for employment means you'll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement within an engineering organisation. Here you can make your mark on a live project and develop your transferable skills to help your CV stand out from the crowd. 




Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. 

Seminars and tutorials in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor and will spend a significant amount of time gaining hands-on experience in the computing and engineering laboratories.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading books and articles from academic journals, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

The teaching team includes senior lecturers, principal lecturers and readers with laboratory learning supported by senior and junior technicians and postgraduate demonstrators. The academics are typically specialists and researchers in a particular field, for example, bioprocessing, process control or thermodynamics.

You will study a range of modules which (per module) will typically consist of 25 hours of lectures and 25 hours in laboratories/tutorials/workshops per week, depending on the individual module. In some cases, the balance may change, for example, the Process Design 40 credit module could consist of 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of tutorials and 48 hours in computing and chemical engineering laboratories.

In addition to structured teaching times, you'll also undertake self-study. The typical amount of time for all activities associated with one 20 credit module is 200 hours which is made up of class contact time in lectures, tutorials and workshops, laboratory sessions, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.

We are committed to valuing you as an individual, helping and supporting you to realise your dream of becoming a Chemical Engineer.

Dr Ernesto HernandezProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will undertake coursework assessments and examinations. The coursework aims to be balanced in type, variety and appropriateness across each academic year and assessment could involve case study analysis, group project-based learning, laboratory investigation and write up, online tests, tutorial problems and questions, individual and group presentations, completion of a laboratory book, viva voca, CDIO projects, and work-related/based activity. For written assessments, the word count or equivalent is provided. 

At level 6 (typically the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree) you will be required to complete a substantial group CDIO project which will contain an individual research and development project and you will be required to write and submit a dissertation. You will be provided with a module leader, module team and academic supervisor support and guidance throughout this project.

Your future career

Chemical engineers may work in a number of different sectors in industry, for example, in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, speciality chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among many more traditional areas such as pharmaceuticals, fuel and energy and water treatment.

By choosing a career in chemical engineering, you will not only be able to apply for a vast and exciting range of roles, but you could be earning a highly competitive salary as you progress in your career. Whether you are passionate about solving environmental problems or want to be immersed in an industry such as cosmetics, your career options will be broad. Examples of some of the work that chemical engineers can be involved in include:

  • Creating, implementing and maintaining water treatment solutions for the water industry.
  • Designing, implementing and maintaining fluid flow and heat transfer in energy production of power plants.
  • Designing, implementing and maintaining new chemical process plants for the food, cosmetic, chemical or pharmaceutical industry. 

Your career options may well go beyond the chemical engineering sector as your skills could be in demand within:

  • The automotive and aerospace industry, where chemical engineers work alongside automotive and aerospace engineers to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve gas flow through engines. 
  • The manufacturing industry, where chemical engineers input into systems and process flow for optimising material flow safely and efficiently through manufacturing environments i.e. from raw material to finished article. 
  • City transport engineering, where chemical engineers design traffic management systems to enable smooth flow of traffic through and around cities.
  • Financial organisations, where chemical engineers are sought after for their data processing and analytical strengths for industry audits, accountancy and consultancy.
  • The legal sector, where chemical engineers are involved in technical reviewing, advising, and approving patents.

This information represents possible career opportunities and in some cases, you may be required to undertake further studies or gain relevant work experience and/or professional accreditation in order to pursue particular roles. Further academic study can enhance your career prospects and lead you to senior and specialist positions both within engineering and teaching or research-related roles.


Among professionals, chemical engineers enjoy the reputation of thriving in a wide spectrum of jobs across sectors. Some of the current job titles in the market are: manager, process engineer, consultant, process designer, business developer, manufacturer, process safety engineer, maintenance engineer, CEO, environmental engineer, process control engineer, production engineer, quality control engineer, sales and marketing engineer, technical service engineer and more.

You would become a practising leading professional graduate engineer that is able to creatively approach chemical engineering world challenges, e.g. the mass production of emergency viral vaccine in response to a flu epidemic, or the manufacture of low cost, low salt and low sugar food solutions to feed the ever-growing population, or the design of a cheap and effective desalination water plant for remote communities, and more.

Further Studies

You would have common attributes required to undergo postgraduate studies (Masters and PhD) or other training relevant to your Personal Development Plan.


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Placement year £1,850 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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