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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemical Engineering


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UCAS code: H810

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More about this course

A record number of students now study Chemical Engineering in the UK, with intake at Hull increasing significantly year-on-year – testament to both industry growth and our substantial investment in the subject. In the heart of the Humber region’s thriving ‘Energy Estuary’, you benefit from studying close to more than 350 engineering and process giants – including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser). This degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and has been developed to meet the academic criteria for registration as a Chartered Engineer - a 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. The option of a Masters year allows you to undertake a focused research project to expand theory and skills while providing the mandatory four years of study required for accreditation as a Chartered Engineer. A Foundation year is ideal if you do not have the qualifications and experience to enter the degree course directly.

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels;
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • Irish Leaving Certificate;
  • Scottish Highers;
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A Level in Maths and Chemistry at Grade C or above. Applicants taking the reformed A Level must also Pass the practical element (chemistry). 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Maths and Chemistry
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science or Engineering based Diploma with minimum of 45 credits at merit or higher, including 18 credits at merit in Maths.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: Engineering including merit in chemistry and core and optional maths units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 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

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

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

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

100% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017). Throughout your degree, you develop many of the marketable attributes required of a modern professional engineer, including: working in teams; project planning, project management and presentation of progress and results; the role of the professional engineer; modern industrial management techniques; and the wider perspective of society and sustainability.

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 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 your BEng 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. With a shortage of skilled people and the potential for career growth, the sector is highly attractive for graduates.

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.