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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemical and Energy Engineering


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UCAS code: H801

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Mathematics with Computer-Aided Problem Solving

    This module delivers essential core mathematics: polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, series, vectors, matrices and complex numbers.You'll be introduced to Mathworks' Matlab to solve mathematically described engineering problems as well as to present and process results from experiments and simulations.

  • Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering

  • Process Safety and Chemistry

    Develop your understanding and awareness of the role engineers play in maintaining process safety standards. You'll also be introduced to aspects of chemistry through laboratory practice. You'll cover topics such as preparation of designated reagents, solutions, liquids and compounds, learning and developing new experimental techniques, and collection and interpretation of experimental data.

  • Engineering Mathematics and Chemical Reactivity

    In this module, your understanding of core mathematics (calculus and ordinary differential equations) and chemistry (molecular structure, reactions in solution and kinetics) will be consolidated through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practical laboratory classes.

  • Transport Processes 1 & Intro to Materials Science

  • Engineering Global Challenge

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Control for Chemical Engineers

    Develop more advanced mathematical technique needed to solve chemical engineering problems. You'll focus on mathematical techniques used to model and control dynamical systems. You'll also be introduced to Laplace and Fourier transform techniques and how they may be applied to linear process control systems.

  • Transport Processes 2 and Engineering Thermodynamics

    Gain confidence in the application of techniques in mass and heat transfer, to the design of industrially relevant equipment. You'll develop an ability to apply nominally difficult concepts in thermodynamics to understand how properties of streams can be manipulated to deliver desired process outcomes.

  • Chemical Dynamics & Statics of Process Equipment

  • Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers

    Further enhance your confidence with mathematics, specifically in calculus and the understanding of vectors. You'll tackle problems in fluid mechanics that are of direct relevance to chemical engineering practise, including the sizing of pumps and the quantification of losses in piping systems.

  • Separation Processes and Particle Technology

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chemical Engineering Design Project

    Build your skills, knowledge and understanding in Chemical Engineering Process Design, involving various unit operations such as distillation, fractionation, extraction and separation.

  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Process Simulation

  • Chemical Reaction Engineering

    Develop the fundamental theory for the design and analysis of homogeneous chemical reactors.

  • Industrial Bio-processes and Chemistry in Industry

    Develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in lab and industrial scale synthesis of valued added fine and bulk chemicals as well as pharmaceuticals.

  • Heat Integration and Sustainability in Chemical Industries

    This module aims to equip you with the key techniques of heat integration and the current design of heat exchanger network systems. You'll study the principles of sustainability to improve environmental impact, increase social acceptance and reduce economic risks of chemical processes. You'll gain skills to present industrially realistic designs to both specialist and lay audiences.

Integrated Masters

* Modules are subject to availability

Your Masters Year gives you the opportunity to specialise. All students undertake an individual research project, working closely with academic specialists in their chosen fields.

Core modules

  • Chemical and Energy Engineering Research Project

    Apply and extend engineering knowledge and professional skills by working on a substantial individual project throughout the academic year, supported by an academic project supervisor. Activities include project management, research, engineering design and development, and reporting and presentation.

  • Advanced Process Safety, Industrial Process Control and Instrumentation

    Specialised topics in advanced industrial process safety and control of chemical processes are explored in this module.

Optional modules

  • Energy Technologies

  • Environmental Management and Policy

    Environmental practices (e.g. conservation, renewable energy, pollution prevention, recycling) are heavily steered by the ever-changing realm of policy. You'll gain an understanding of environmental regulation, policy and the practice of environmental management.

  • Advanced Process Modelling & Simulation Techniques

  • Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering

    Develop insight into the petroleum and petrochemical engineering sector, with respect to their practical application to Chemical Engineering process analysis and design.

  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Rewnewable Fuels

    You will be introduced to the core technical and socioeconomic (sustainability) aspects determining the selection of conventional and alternative fuel balance for energy generation in UK and EU. This includes clean coal, natural gas, biomass residues and other waste.

  • Renewable Energy Technologies for Buildings

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More about this course

This MEng course distinguishes itself by allowing you to home in on a preferred energy specialism in the final year of your studies. This focused research project allows you to excel in a particular field - with renewable energy systems, CO2 utilisation and bio-fuels among the many options available. Academia meets industry throughout your time here, and the region’s thriving ‘Energy Estuary’ gives you the benefits of studying close to over 350 engineering and process giants – including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser. Some of your training takes place at the £8 million Centre for Assessment of Technical Competency Humber (CATCH), a full-scale plant facility.The University has very strong links with Green Port Hull, enabling you to embark upon a unique year’s placement.

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and provides the mandatory four years of study required for accreditation as a Chartered Engineer – the professional qualification that sets the gold standard in chemical, biochemical, process and related areas. Combine this with the opportunity to boost your employability by spending your penultimate year either applying the theory learned in previous years to real life projects on industrial placement, or by studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. 

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Programmes accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers and meet academic criteria for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Study with the region’s premier provider of chemical engineering degrees in the UK's largest trading estuary, with a chemical and process sector worth £6 billion a year.

Train at the £8-million Centre for Assessment of Technical Competency Humber (CATCH), an internationally-recognised industrial environment.

Study near over 350 engineering and process giants – including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

“There is an opportunity for universities to invest in chemical engineering as a growing and in-demand subject that has high-employability.” (Source: David Brown, Chief Executive - IChemE)

A Chemical Engineering degree will equip you with skills that are easily transferable and highly sought-after across multiple industries. Whether you choose to manage projects, develop products or improve processes a varied career is open to you – and that could be anywhere in the world. Over the past year, the process industries have sought to attract around 16,000 new employees in the North East alone.

The year in industry spent on a placement is designed to enhance career prospects and make the progression from study to employment seamless. In many cases, the experience and contacts gained during you MEng can lead to job offers upon graduation.

The average annual starting salary for a UK chemical engineering graduate is £28,000. Chemical engineering graduates have the highest average starting salary of any engineering discipline in the UK, and the second-highest overall. Average pay rates for fully qualified or Chartered Chemical Engineers have continued to grow strongly too.

Recent Hull graduates have become science, engineering or technology professionals; others have gone on to work in management, IT and teaching. Job roles for Chemical Engineers include design engineers, project engineers, research and development engineers and operations engineers.

The University has very strong links with industry and our courses are backed by six industrial companies. We are already working with Green Port Hull, and engineering giant Siemens is investing more than £160 million in wind turbine production in East Yorkshire. These links enable you to embark upon a unique year’s placement.