MEng/BEng (Hons) single honours Chemical Engineering 2019/20

Year of entry

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Chemical engineers have helped to develop bio-degradable plastics, paper, dyes, drugs, fertilisers, foods, petrochemicals – pretty much everything. As a chemical engineer you’ll creatively devise ways to make products from raw materials and find ways to convert one material into another useful form.

The role of a chemical engineer is key in enabling pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and chemical companies to commercially produce their products for consumers. While chemists, food scientists and pharmacists research and develop new products, chemical engineers make the production processes a practical reality by translating bench top experimental procedures and processes into larger scale operations.

This innovative course has been designed in collaboration with industry and you’ll have the excellent opportunity to solve work related problems typically sourced from a range of employers.

We offer a truly immersive learning opportunity and are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) international engineering education model developed by MIT that allows you to learn in a practical, hands-on way to tackle real industrial problems. 

This course is for you if you enjoy science, (particularly the application of science), so being able to take the theory and put it into real commercial practice to solve society’s problems. Chemical engineering presents the opportunity to take a bench top chemistry experiment, translate and scale it up for manufacture, to be consumed and used by society. Chemical engineering provides the real opportunity to take an idea, to the design, build and production stages to turn the idea into a real benefit for human kind. For example, cheap and efficient water desalination processing plants to provide cheaper and more water to locations with challenging quality water conditions, thereby improving the health of the local population and the opportunity to grow a sustainable food source. 

This course is particularly for you if you would like to contribute to solving societal problems, for example, how to improve cost efficiency, but not at the expense of the quality of life saving cancer drugs for prostate cancer.   

On this course, you’ll focus on the basic principles and fundamentals of chemical engineering using the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) international engineering education model.   

During the degree, you will have the opportunity to choose to develop your learning further in applied biology, applied chemistry and drug synthesis processes, and in the fourth year (MEng only) advanced process quality control, energy systems, biotechnology engineering.    

During your course you will have the opportunity to apply chemical engineering principles and practice:

  • In years 1 and 2, to solve simple chemical systems problems
  • In your 3rd year, as a member of a team, you’ll conceive, design, implement, critically evaluate and operate/maintain an automated batch and continuous chemical processes typically provided for evaluation by the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industry 
  • In year 4 (MEng only) lead and project manage a group project with substantial individual chemical engineering research and development project.

Throughout the degree, you will have the opportunity to learn and develop both subject specific skills, professional engineering practice and employability skills to enable you to become an effective and industry-ready engineer. You will be given the option and support to apply for a year-long placement opportunities in industry in your penultimate year of study.

Did you know, 6 of the winners of the Noble Prize for Chemistry have been Chemical Engineers.

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At level 4 you will be introduced to the fundamentals of chemical engineering, applied science physics, chemistry and mathematics that underpin chemical engineering. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of simple chemical processes, fluid dynamics of Newtonian liquids and heat transfer enthalpy and entrotropics to enable the safe management of manufacturing chemical reactions and processes. 

At level 5 you will deepen your knowledge of topics studied at level 4 and will be introduced to process operations, control and design, all of which are commercially productive and safe operations. 

At level 6 you will demonstrate your engineering scientific competence and independence by identifying and undertaking a research study as part of a large CDIO project, typically sourced from industry. You will communicate the results and conclusions to a wider audience. You will also advance your learning in: chemical engineering; complex chemical reaction and transport; biotechnology and biology processes; advance control methods; safe process operation and transport and designing for safety and engineering lifecycle.

At level 7 (final year of the MEng Chemical Engineering only) you will further develop your engineering scientific competence by devising and undertaking a research project and develop your leadership skills and management. In addition you will develop your learning further in energy systems, sustainable solutions for the process industry, and Industry 4.0 solutions to provide smart plant operations and reliable products.

By choosing a career in chemical engineering, you will not only be in a position 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 the:

  • Creation, implementation and maintenance of water treatment solutions for the water industry.
  • Design, implementation and maintenance of the fluid flow and heat transfer in energy production of power plants.

Design, implementation and maintenance of a new chemical process plant 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 have strengths in systems and process flow for optimising material flow safely and efficiently through manufacturing environment 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 list 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 also teaching or research-related roles.


Tuition Fees for 2019/20 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs


Additional costs include travel to and from Canterbury to other specialist facilities in Kent teaching purposes.

There may be opportunities to visit industrial facilities and engineering businesses in Kent and at partner institutions in Europe.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Throughout the MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering degree (levels 4 to 6) you will study a range of modules which (per module), the programme will involve practical laboratories, workshops and CDIO project work with academic support to develop your learning and provide authentic engineering experience.Some modules also include project supervision meetings with your academic supervisor, timetabled access to engineering workshops, makerspace, active learning laboratories and project laboratories with technician support.  

In addition to the structured teaching times, you will also be required to 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.

To help develop your employability skills, additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring sessions may be timetabled to support you with developing skills and knowledge in specific topics.

Modules will typically be led by 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, control and process control or thermodynamics.

The MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering degree consists of coursework assessments and examinations. The coursework aims to be balanced in type, variety and appropriateness across each academic year, for example, case study analysis, group project based learning, laboratory investigation and write up, on-line tests, tutorial problems and questions, individual and group presentations, completion of a laboratory book, viva voca, conceive, design, implement, and operate (CDIO) projects, and work-related/based activity. For written assessments the word count or equivalent is provided. 

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

During the MEng Chemical Engineering level of study (level 7), you will lead and manage a group project and undertake a substantial individual research and development project, which will involve a dissertation and dissemination of the project results to a wider audience.


This is an integrated four-year Masters degree course. The fourth year enables you to develop broader engineering leadership and management skills as well as advanced knowledge in a particular engineering field. Students who graduate with this level of award on professionally accredited programmes are recognised as being on track to build an engineering portfolio for a future application to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).  You will need to maintain appropriate academic achievements at year 2 that meet the appropriate integrated master quality standards and regulations to continue with the MEng.


This is a three-year degree that provides you with the knowledge and skills to become a practising engineer. Students who graduate with this level of award on professionally accredited programmes are recognised as being on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).   Incorporated engineers are professional engineers who maintain and apply technology in practise. If you meet the appropriate integrated master quality standards and regulations at year 2, you will be offered the opportunity to progress to the MEng. 

Alternatively upon completion of the BEng course you could complete an accredited Masters degree (MSc) or a Postgraduate Degree Apprenticeship to be on track to become a Chartered Engineer.

Throughout the course, you will be using and exposed to common chemicals. Development of severe allergic reactions to the chemicals you use may hinder you from continuing and completing the course and pursuing a career in chemical engineering. 

You will develop your skills and knowledge in the Christ Church laboratories at the Canterbury campus. 

This course has links to major organisations including IBM, Siemens, HP and local IT companies

Fact file

UCAS code

  • H102 MEng Chemical Engineering
  • H103 BEng Chemical Engineering

Institutional code

  • C10


  • BEng 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time

    MEng 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

    88-112 UCAS Tariff points including Level 3 qualification in Chemistry or Applied Science or Maths. Plus, 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language).

    BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

    88-112 UCAS Tariff points including Level 3 qualification in Chemistry or Applied Science or Maths. Plus, 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language).

    (Note: BEng Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year is available for those who do not meet these entry requirements).

    Further entry requirements

    5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (including Maths, English, Science)

    Level 3 Chemistry or Applied Science

    More entry requirement details.



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