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BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering

Demand is growing for chemical engineers that can design sustainable technologies and processes. Gain sought-after skills in sustainable chemical engineering and work towards improving our environment.

Study either a three-year BEng degree or a four-year MEng degree. You can also choose to take an additional Industrial Placement Year as part of your degree.

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Top 10 for mechanical engineering*
Use brand new chemistry laboratories
Over 10,000m² specialist engineering facilities
95% overall satisfaction in chemistry**

Your course

Year 1: Study the principles of chemical engineering, as well as modules in engineering and chemistry covering topics such as design, mechanics, and thermofludics.

Year 2: Deepen your knowledge of chemical engineering by studying core topics including process control, reaction engineering, and heat and mass transfer.

Year 3: Study advanced chemical engineering modules such as process intensification and integration and complete your group design project.

Year 4 (MEng): Carry out an individual research project, learn about the commercialisation of chemistry and choose optional modules in areas such as bioenergy,wastewater process engineering and food technology.

Industrial Placement Year

You can complete a paid industrial placement year as part of the BEng or the MEng; the placement adds an extra year to your studies. Your placement could be in an industrial sector such as renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, food or consumer goods. You’ll develop knowledge and skills to prepare you for the workplace, and remain enrolled as a student during the year, with access to all the University’s support services.

Your career

Chemical engineering is one of the most stable and lucrative employment sectors in the UK. The skills you develop in sustainable chemical engineering will be particularly sought after.

Career skills are embedded at every stage of your course, and chemical engineering graduates typically go on to work in professions such as:

Industries will vary, but may include:


You can find out more information about the course by contacting our Enquiries team.

*Complete University Guide, 2021

** 94 per cent of our chemistry research is judged as world-leading or internationally excellent, The latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014

**In the latest National Student Survey (2020) 95% of chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course

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