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BEng (Hons) single honours Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year 2020/21

Year of entry

Chemical engineers convert materials into millions of useful products making your life better, and these range from pharmaceuticals, clothing, petrol, paints, food, drinks and more; while considering holistic ways that are quick, economic, safe and friendly to people and the environment.

You will use the pioneering CDIO approach (see page 96) developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). CDIO gives you sought after hands-on experience that you could deploy to get a job and find urgent solutions to recent issues in health, energy, water and food security; resource scarcity, climate change and more.

Your creative evaluated solutions might be the spark a local employer needs to produce the next critical chemical for our health industry. Have a look here to the many job titles chemical engineering has to offer.

The BEng provides creative and talented students, career changers or those with experience and passion for the subject, with a direct route to an engineering degree.

You would gain employability skills and develop professional engineering practice to become an effective, industry-ready engineer or to study at MEng level or further.

This BEng was designed in collaboration with industry to give you excellent prospects to work with a range of employers, and potentially become Incorporated Engineer in a global professional institution.


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Chemical engineers design and deliver products ranging from pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and drink, while also helping to manage the world’s resources and protect the environment. The role of a chemical engineer is key to enabling chemical related 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.

96% of teachers would recommend a career in engineering to their pupils

Engineering UK, 2017

This innovative course has been designed in collaboration with industry and you will have the excellent opportunity to work with a range of employers. We offer a truly immersive learning opportunity where the applied elements of the course are delivered in professional standard environments. This course enables you to develop your science and maths knowledge to pursue your chemical engineering degree and also provides professional chemical engineering practice and the opportunity to build professional networks with industry.

The BEng with Foundation Year provides creative and talented students, career changers or those with experience and passion for the subject, with a direct route to an engineering degree. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will enrol on a BEng that provides you with skills for jobs by inspiring teachers interested in inclusiveness and social mobility.

You will use the pioneering CDIO approach developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Your creative evaluated solutions might be the spark a local employer needs to produce the next critical chemical for our health industry. 

“The course is amazing. The lecturers are brilliant and so helpful. I look forward to progressing through my course and moving onto a career in industries where my skills and degree can be applied.”

Mike Holmes BEng with Foundation Year Chemical Engineering student

6 Nobel laureates, the UK’s richest person and the President of China are all Chemical Engineers? (WhyNotChemEng, 2018; AIChE, 2018)

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 level where you’ll use the pioneering CDIO  (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) approach to problem solve pharmaceutical, chemical and process safety issues. We are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer the CDIO international engineering education model, developed by MIT, which allows you to learn in a practical, hands-on way to find solutions to industry related engineering challenges.

At the end of the foundation year, you will continue with the BEng Chemical Engineering degree and will be supported to develop your employability and job application skills. You will have the opportunity to apply for an optional placementto gain experience to help you stand out in the job market and seek employment with large organisations such as GSK and Eli-lley.

This course equips you to become a practising professional graduate chemical engineer and on completion of the BEng (Bachelor of Engineering), you will be on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 

During the Foundation year, you will study the following modules:

  • General science skills
  • Introduction to chemistry
  • Mathematics for scientists
  • Advancing chemistry
  • Fundamental of biology
  • Fundamentals of physics

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to Year 1 of the BEng Chemical Engineering and will study the modules detailed below.

Core modules

Year 1

Introduction to chemical engineering (40 credits)

This module introduces you to chemical process engineering and design. You will also have an overview of major equipment used in chemical processing plants and typical plant configurations applying, where appropriate, chemical engineering fundamentals such as solving material and energy balances. You will develop knowledge and understanding of chemical engineering; professional practice, safe operational working practices and key commercial tools employed by industry to support chemical engineering practice and principles.

Mathematics and computing for chemical engineers (20 credits)

You will acquire background mathematical abilities necessary to fully engage with subsequent degree-level chemical engineering studies. After a brief review of core mathematical skills, the module will look at single and multiple variable calculus and statistics. You will also be introduced to a variety of software packages that can support the application of the mathematical techniques relevant to their subject area.

Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Processes (20)

You will be introduced to the principles of material, energy and momentum balancing for non-reacting and reacting steady state systems in chemical engineering. This module gives you skills on properties of fluids, the transfer of material, energy and momentum and relevant thermodynamics. You will formulate and solve relevant problems for simple single and multiple unit process systems to support chemical process design and operation.

General chemistry (20)

This module builds upon your capabilities on fundamental chemistry theory and practice. You will develop knowledge in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as well as developing further key laboratory skills.

Introduction to physical chemistry and thermodynamics (20)

You will study basic chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. This module enriches your decision making by enabling you to determine the speed of a chemical reaction and whether a chemical reaction is likely to proceed.

Year 2

Professional chemical engineering and development (40)

You will understand and apply the concept of chemical, bio-chemical and pharmaceutical process design, design hierarchy, process flowsheeting, plant layout, plant economy, plant optimisation and plant safety. Also, this module will introduce and examine the wider social, environmental, business and financial contexts in which a professional chemical engineer operates, with particular attention to their legal, safe and ethical responsibilities.

Fundamentals of process design and control (20)

This module deepens your learning and application of process plant design for control and communicating process control and instrumentation configurations of process plant through P&I diagrams, how to apply the knowledge and understanding of process automation to design, operate, and optimally automate control a chemical operation.

Transport phenomena (20)

This module builds upon the module Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Processes. It gives you a comprehensive background into the study of exchange of mass, energy, and momentum between observed systems, both in steady and unsteady-states.

Separation processes (20)

You will understand the principles, mechanism and design criteria of mixing, dispersing and separation process operations. Also the module further develops your learning through practice with single and simple multi-phase operations.

Chemical reaction engineering (20)

You will learn and apply chemical reactions thermodynamics, kinetics and principles of chemical engineering processes. This helps scale up manufacture of exothermic and endothermic reactions to be operated safely, efficiently, and in a sustainable manner.

Year 3

Design Project in Chemical Engineering (40)

In this module you will get experience on working individually and as part of a team to develop a complex chemical engineering system. This module will also provide you with an awareness of the design and commissioning process/tools involved in developing a complex piece of equipment.

Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering (20)

You will understand and apply advanced concepts in chemical reaction engineering, notably non-ideal reactors and transport effects in complex reaction systems.

Advanced Transport Phenomena and Process Control (20)

This module deepens your understanding of the principles of complex single phase flow and introduces you to the principles and applications of multiphase flows. You will also enhance your skills in processing and process control mathematical modelling. This will help you to research and develop control solutions offline of a process plant. The module will also help you to be more effective at critically analysing a process plant design for automated control purposes. You will select appropriate control schemes and strategies for common operational units within the process industry.

Molecular and Engineering Aspects of Biotechnology (20)

You will study biological and bioengineering principles underlying the development, synthesis, production, purification and therapeutic use of recombinant proteins. The module will train you to apply and analyse the associated engineering required to support the mass process production of molecular and bio-systems.

Process Safety, Sustainability and Environmental Protection (20)

This module prepares you to critically evaluate the safe, profitable operation of a chemical facility in accordance with relevant environmental, ethical and safety guidelines and legislation. You will gain risk management skills in hazards perception; identification, quantification and mitigation.

Common themes embedded within the core modules include:

  • Professional chemical engineering and development (economics, ethics, regulations and practice)
  • Employability development for placement and graduate roles
  • Engineering placement

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:

  • 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 also teaching or research-related roles.

Jobs

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, research and development director, project engineer, professor, biomedical specialist, computer applications and technology 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 flu epidemic, or 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.

 

Fees

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 fee of £9,250  / £13,000  / £1,850 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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

CategoryDescription
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

CategoryDescription
Travel

Additional costs include travel to and from Canterbury to Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne or Discovery Park, Maidstone or CCCU Medway campus when required for learning.

Also possible opportunities to visit Industrial facilities on the Isle of Sheppey, Medway, Maidstone, Ashford, Discovery Park and partner institutions in Europe.

General principle policy

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

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.
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.

The first year of study is your foundation year (year 0) where you will study a range of engaging and inspiring modules. These modules will enable you to develop academic and practical skills that will build your confidence and equip you with the fundamental knowledge required to embark on your degree. Each module will typically consist of 20 hours of lectures, 40 hours of laboratory work and 10 hours of tutorials. Modules are led by senior lecturers, principal lecturers with laboratory learning supported by senior and junior technicians as well as postgraduate demonstrators.

As you progress with the BEng Chemical Engineering degree (year 1-3, levels 4-6) 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, 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 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.

The BEng 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, bioprocessing, process control or thermodynamics to cite a few.

The foundation year will consist of coursework assessment and examinations. Coursework assessment includes online tests, development of a laboratory book and scientific report, a laboratory practical and write up, and tutorial problems.

As you progress with the BEng Chemical Engineering degree (levels 4-6) 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.

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.

We are working towards professional accreditation of our engineering courses. Accredited courses are delivered to a UK recognised standard. We are consulting the accrediting bodies, such as IChemE, BCS, IMechE, in designing our courses. This is to keep us on track for accreditation. We hope to receive accreditation by 2022. If we receive accreditation, it will apply to these courses. At present these courses do not have professional accreditation.

In 2020, we will open a major new facility for science, engineering, health and medicine, part of our £150m vision to transform our Canterbury Campus. The new building will be the main base for our Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub, with specialist centres across the region located alongside Engineering and Technology businesses.

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Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new building has to offer.

This course has links to the engineering industry including companies such as Pfizer and other local pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic businesses.

UK/EU

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Part-time study

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International

Full-time study

Need some help?

UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

EU/International

Contact our International Team

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • H101 Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time (or 5 years with industry placement)

Starts

  • September 2020

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.

    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 onto 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.

    More entry requirement details.

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