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Taking ideas from bench scale to process scale with chemical engineering projects

Our group and individual projects give you the chance to work on problems relevant to industry and develop your technical, professional and design skills.

A degree with a focus on project work

To prepare you for the workplace we designed our degrees with project work at their core.

Chemical engineering lab equipment

Industry-relevant design projects embedded throughout your degree

Chemical engineering equipment

£1.5 million investment in our teaching labs since 2016

Chemical engineering equipment

Opportunities to travel abroad during your MEng research project

Building your skills through practical work

From project management to decision making, year-by-year you will develop your ability to take on major projects.

Throughout your course, you'll apply your knowledge from lectures and lab sessions to solve complex engineering problems. You'll learn how to gather and analyse data to develop industrial strategies using pilot scale versions of the equipment you will one day work with in industry.

Our design project gives you to opportunity to create a product or chemical process. Working individually and in teams, you will explore the financial, technical, environmental and social considerations of your project and communicate these to a non-expert audience.

You could design:

  • an anaerobic digestion plant
  • a water treatment facility for a refugee camp
  • a biofuel production plant
  • a food production plant

If you study our MEng courses you'll undertake a research project in your final year. You will be able to specialise in a topic that particularly interests you and work alongside experts in water resource, energy, or industrial biotechnology. You could carry out your investigation as a member of one of our research centres and use specialist equipment.

You could be:

  • exploiting nanotechnology to create artificial leaves for solar fuels
  • developing a new reactor to deliver safe drinking water in rural Africa
  • designing processes for the continuous production of cellulose microbeads to replace plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care
  • studying biodegradable medical stents for cancer
  • developing cost-effective and non-invasive healthcare monitoring systems
  • converting coffee waste into fuel
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment plants
  • synthesising new materials for hydrogen storage
Luke examines a biofuel cell built by an academic researcher.
‘The research project is a good opportunity to get stuck into something that particularly interests you. I think it's furthered my ability to go out and learn new things really independently.’
Luke Wilson MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering with placement year

Explore your interests using our specialist facilities

We have facilities for advanced separation, biochemical engineering, reaction engineering and wastewater treatment.

Our specialist facilities and bespoke equipment are central to our teaching and research environment. You will have access to:

  • our newly developed undergraduate teaching labs, containing continuous reactors, microbial bioreactors and a range of other bespoke equipment designed to highlight core chemical engineering concepts
  • reaction engineering research labs where the next generation of sustainable products are being produced
  • advanced separation research laboratories focused on the synthesis and characterisation of low-cost membrane technology
  • high-spec biochemical engineering labs where the fuels and foods of the future are being developed

View 360° images of our undergraduate labs:

If you study an MEng research project you might also use:

Take a tour of our undergraduate teaching lab

Dr Chris Chuck introduces us to the basic techniques and equipment you could be using as part of your degree.

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Please note that project briefs continuously change as we try to link these to current scenarios taking place in the industry. The project work experiences listed here, as well as access to facilities and equipment, are dependent on the health and safety circumstances of any given year and refurbishment/upgrade works that may need to be carried out.