Chemical engineering

Undergraduate courses starting in 2018

Chemical engineering combines science, mathematics and engineering to develop new technologies, processes and products that benefit wider society.

Chemical engineers find safe, sustainable and affordable ways to develop the processes and products of the future. They are involved with improving the things we depend on like water, food, clothing, energy or medicine.

With a chemical engineering degree, you could play a part in building a better and more sustainable world. Whether this is providing clean water to developing countries, improving healthcare products, or finding alternative and renewable energy solutions.

Our courses give you the specialist knowledge, analytical skills and innovative thinking needed to solve the engineering problems that affect society and the environment.

You’ll learn about the technology, products and processes designed and developed by chemical and biochemical engineers. Your combined understanding of chemical engineering with legislation and management will equip you for a career in a broad range of industries.

Learning experience

Expert academics

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in chemical and biochemical engineering. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Specialist facilities and equipment

Our facilities are central to your study experience. You’ll have access to well-equipped teaching laboratories and computer labs. If you study our undergraduate master's course, you'll have the opportunity to carry out a research project in one of our specialist research facilities. This may be in either bioprocessing, advanced separations, reactor engineering or water engineering.

Graduate employability

By becoming a chemical engineer, you will be joining one of the highest-paid professions in the UK. The combination of transferable skills you graduate with will help you start a career in technical and managerial roles across industry and commercial sectors. For example, you could follow a career in oil and gas, hydrogen storage, electronics and communications, alternative fuels or healthcare industries.

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

“If you can master chemical engineering, you can master anything.”
Stephen Martin

MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering with placement year (2012)