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.


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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.

Why Study Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year?

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, develop and expand your creative potential and build technical expertise, so you become an enthusiastic highly skilled, confident, work-ready chemical engineering graduate who can develop innovative ways to turn raw materials into everyday products.

We offer a truly immersive learning opportunity in academic and practical engineering. The practical elements of the course we will help you connect with others, develop on and off campus and will support and prepare you to enter an engineering career with varied and exciting prospects. You'll work on individual and group projects supported with on-line tools akin to current professional engineering working activities and Personal Academic Tutor. You’ll be taught on campus by inspiring teachers providing vital learning, experience and developing your advanced skills in professional standard labs while learning from and connecting with industry experts through on-line guest lectures.


Entry requirements

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.

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

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.

BEng Chemical Engineering and MEng Chemical Engineering are also available

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

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 individually and collaboratively and will develop specialist knowledge, skills and a wider understanding 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 supporting and preparing you for employment means you'll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement. Here you be able to develop relationships within an inclusive engineering organisation, demonstrate and share your skills to make your mark on a live project and further 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.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, lab work and tutorials. Each 20-credit module typically involves the following amount of contact time:

Foundation Year (Year 0) - 60 hours

Year 1 - 60 hours

Year 2 - 50 hours

Year 3 - 40 hours

The modules are led by a team of engineering lecturers, senior lecturers and principal lecturers. Laboratory work is also supported by technicians and postgraduate demonstrators.

Each year you will complete a team CDIO project (typically sourced from industry) in a 40-credit module. These large group projects provide you with the opportunity to reflect on and apply your knowledge and understanding to a real-world scenario while building your confidence so you can:

  • Work effectively and supportively in diverse and inclusive groups.
  • Communicate effectively in groups and one-to-ones.
  • Apply project management to group-work.
  • Apply principles of commercial management and solutions considerations.
  • Develop effective communication with professionals from other disciplines, especially clinicians.
  • Contribute to industry through your solutions.
  • Provide tangible results for your portfolio of evidence for future employment.
  • You'll also benefit from drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring sessions.

All programmes 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.

Additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring online sessions with your personal academic tutor will be typically provided and you will be encouraged to make use of and support these sessions, to develop your learning. They are also an opportunity to apply your learning on new unfamiliar problems with the academics. As at other institutions these sessions have supported students to progress in their studies and provided valuable evidence for employment.

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.

Each 20 credits of a course of study, requires 200 hours of input over the academic year. This includes class timetabled contact time on and off campus and on-line; lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratories. Also includes your self study time; module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission of assessments, 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 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
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 / £14,500 / £1,850 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

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