The Foundation Year has been great for me to build my subject knowledge and confidence before starting my studies at degree level. My group and lecturers have been really supportive.
The Foundation Year has been great for me to build my subject knowledge and confidence before starting my studies at degree level. My group and lecturers have been really supportive.Natasha
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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 foundation year option enables you to join the Chemical Engineering course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements. It equips you with the knowledge to move into formal degree study, setting you up for future success.
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.
We offer a truly immersive learning opportunity where the applied elements of the course are delivered in professional standard environments.
A typical offer would be between 32 and 112 UCAS Tariff points depending on your experience and UCAS Personal Statement. Plus 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language.
If you haven't taken Level 3 qualifications in subjects traditionally aligned to Engineering (e.g. maths, science), are returning to education or are changing careers, the foundation year provides you with the opportunity to build the knowledge base required to continue onto the BEng.
If you already have maths or science qualifications at Level 3 then we would require 32-88 tariff points for entry to the foundation year.
If you do not have the necessary entry qualifications, we will consider you if you can demonstrate that you can study at a suitable level. You may be invited to attend an interview.
This four-year course starts with the foundation year, to help build your engineering skills and knowledge while preparing you for your engineering degree.
During the foundation year you will build your knowledge, understanding and confidence in areas of chemistry, biology, physics and maths that underpin chemical engineering. You’ll gain the engineering skills and knowledge needed to study at BEng (Hons) level where you’ll use the pioneering CDIO approach to problem solve pharmaceutical, chemical and process safety issues.
As you progress through the degree, 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.
You'll complete projects and will develop specialist knowledge and skills in areas such as process design and control, transport phenomena, separation processes and chemical reaction engineering.
In the final year, you'll work independently and as part of a team on a major design project in chemical engineering.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Your career options may well go beyond the chemical engineering sector as your skills could be in demand within:
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.
You would have common attributes required to undergo postgraduate studies (Masters and PhD) or other training relevant to your Personal Development Plan.
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|UK / EU||Overseas|
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£7,050||£9,910|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - placement year *||£1,850||N/A|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £1,850 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
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