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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemical and Energy Engineering

UndergraduateMEng Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: H801

What you'll study

Choose from a range of specialisms and gain a solid foundation for your career on this IChemE accredited course.

This four-year undergraduate Masters degree allows you to home in on your preferred energy specialism in your final year.

  • You can also add a year’s work placement
  • Or you could study abroad for a year

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • 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

This course has places available in Clearing 2018

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More about this course

This distinctive MEng programme lets you home in on your preferred specialism – with renewable energy systems, CO2 utilisation and bio-fuels among your options.

  • Our strong links with Green Port Hull, the heart of the region's renewable energy industry, enable you to embark on a rewarding year-long placement.
  • Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and provide the mandatory four years of study required for accreditation as a Chartered Engineer.
  • Some of your training takes place at the £8-million Centre for Assessment of Technical Competency Humber (CATCH), a full-scale plant facility.
  • You'll study near more than 350 engineering and process companies – including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) – based around the Humber, Britain's 'energy estuary'.
  • We're joint second in the UK for graduate prospects, with 90% of graduates in professional jobs or graduate-level positions within six months (The Times and the Sunday Times University Guide 2018).

Chemical engineering's the second highest-paid profession for new graduates (after dentistry), according to the Complete University Guide (2017). Our programmes have strong industrial links – with professional engineers contributing to our teaching, and industry sponsoring our flagship final-year design project.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

47%

13%

40%

Second year

52%

48%

Final year

35%

65%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Chemistry Building Hull Campus

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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

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.