chemical-engineering

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

Chemical and Energy Engineering

Carry out research and prepare to excel in fields like renewable energy systems, CO2 utilisation or biofuels.

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Course overview

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

Our degrees have strong industrial links – with professional engineers contributing to your teaching, and industry sponsoring our flagship final-year design project.

You'll probably be interested to know that chemical engineering graduates are among the most employable in the UK – and they attract some of the best salaries, according to the Complete University Guide. 

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6 reasons to study Chemical and Energy Engineering at Hull

  1. Institution of Chemical Engineers accreditation
  2. Free membership of IChemE and the Energy Institute
  3. Study on the banks of Britain's 'energy estuary'
  4. Joint 2nd in the UK for graduate prospects*
  5. Access to the leading CATCH training facility
  6. Puts you on the path to Chartered Engineer status
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What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Mathematics with Computer-Aided Problem Solving

    This module delivers essential core mathematics knowledge, including 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

    ​You will be introduced to the concepts behind the chemical process industry and the underlying principles of energy and mass balances. You'll gain an introduction to chemical engineering, and cover topics such as material balances and energy balances through a combination of lectures, tutorials, online materials and laboratory practicals.

    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. You'll learn and develop new experimental techniques, collecting and interpretating 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 and Intro to Materials Science

    Gain the base knowledge and underpinning theory to solve problems involving heat, mass transfer and modern material properties calculation which are commonly encountered in the chemical engineering industries.

    Chemical Engineering Design Challenge 1

    Develop professional and transferrable skills crucial to your development for employment in-and-beyond the engineering field. These include career planning, employability, presentation and personal development planning skills.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Mathematics and Control for Chemical Engineers

    Develop more advanced mathematical techniques 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 mass and heat transfer techniques 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 and Dynamics and Statics of Process Equipment

    ​Chemical engineers deal routinely with machinery that impacts, reciprocates and rotate masses. Explore theories and industrial practices to aid the design of process equipment. The diversity of chemical reaction is emphasised through dynamics in inorganic and organic chemistry, and their overlap. 

    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

    ​You will study key aspects of particle technology and separation processes, and carry out laboratory practicals to solve chemical engineering problems.

    Chemical Engineering Design Challenge 2

    Enhance your professional skills as a basis for professional registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer, with particular emphasis on developing team working, leadership skills, project planning, management skills, and self- reflection.

Final year modules

  • Core

    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.

  • Compulsory

    Chemical Thermodynamics and Process Simulation

    ​You will study key aspects of chemical thermodynamics to solve complex chemical engineering problems. You will use computational tools such as Aspen HYSYS to design and analyse a chemical process plant.

    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 value-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, learning to improve environmental impact, increase social acceptance and reduce the economic risks of chemical processes. You'll gain the skills to present industrially realistic designs to specialist and lay audiences.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

300 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

900 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

47%
13%
40%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

252 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

948 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

52%
48%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

192 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1008 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

35%
65%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

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

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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 still do 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 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Gain practical skills in chemical engineering in facilities such as our elemental analysis lab. 

Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£16,600 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.

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. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Chemical engineer
  • Bioproduct engineer
  • Food processing engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Pharmaceutical consultant

As the site of Britain’s ‘energy estuary’, the Humber region is a hotbed of placement and career opportunities – it’s home to more than 350 engineering and process companies.

So when you graduate, you’ll be in a prime spot to access a range of career paths across multiple industries.

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*90% of graduates in professional jobs or graduate-level positions within six months (The Times and the Sunday Times University Guide 2018)

†CATCH (Centre for Assessment of Technical Competency – Humber) offers realistic equipment, physical environment and operating procedures.