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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemical Engineering

UndergraduateBEng

Year of entry:
UCAS code: H810

What you'll study

Hull’s facilities, IChemE accreditation and proximity to more than 350 industry giants. That's a great springboard for a high-level job in chemical engineering.

Besides the three-year option, there are more specialised versions of this course.

  • You can add a year’s work placement
  • You could study abroad for a year
  • Extend your study to Masters level with an extra year
  • A foundation year boosts your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements

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.

Compulsory 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 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

  • 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 & Intro to Materials Science

  • Engineering Global Challenge

    Develop and enhance a range of professional skills as a basis for professional registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer. You'll focus on areas such as team working, leadership, project planning, data collection, measurement, business skills, and self-reflection.

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.

Compulsory 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 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 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

  • Engineering Global Challenge 2

    Develop and enhance a range of professional skills as a basis for professional registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer. You'll focus on areas such as team working, leadership, project planning, data collection, measurement, business skills, and self-reflection.

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 module

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.

Compulsory modules

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

  • 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 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.

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More about this course

Record numbers of students now study chemical engineering in the UK. And intake at Hull has increased significantly year on year. That's testament to both industry growth and our investment in the subject. But the good news doesn't end there ...

  • Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and meet the academic criteria for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • You'll study near more than 350 engineering and process companies in the Humber region – including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser).
  • We're joint second in the UK for graduate prospects in this subject area, 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 chemical 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

35%

11%

54%

Second year

48%

10%

42%

Final year

55%

18%

27%


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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

Entry requirements

2019 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.

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: £16,600 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.

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

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.

Our courses supported by local companies, particularly the third-year design project. 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