chemical-engineering

Undergraduate

BEng Chemical Engineering

Close to industry giants, access to some of the UK's best process safety training facilities, friendly supportive department. Makes Hull the ideal place to study chemical engineering.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

H810

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Start date

Course overview

Chemical engineering applies science to the design, construction and operation of processes used to change raw materials into useful everyday products. Food and drink. Pharmaceuticals. Fertilisers. Energy. Fuels. A chemical engineering degree will give you excellent job prospects and equip you with skills that are easily transferable across industry sectors.

Hull is the ideal location to study chemical engineering. We’re in a region with a high concentration of process industry companies - BP, Total, Phillips 66, Smith & Nephew, RB and many more are right on our doorstep.

Our courses have a strong chemistry content, allowing you to pursue a subject you enjoyed at college.

Right from your first year, you’ll get the chance to do process safety training. This is highly valued by employers and helps you to stand out in the jobs market. The training is delivered by a professional company and includes visits to one of the UK's best training facilities.There, you can experience life as a chemical engineer, using real equipment and operating procedures to identify the type of hazards you could come across in your career. Back on campus, you can oversee a real-time 3D simulation of a chemical process plant in our virtual control room.

Our third-year design project - in which you work in a team designing a chemical plant - is sponsored by some of the biggest names in the industry. Croda, Cristal, INEOS, Vivergo and BP Acetyls have all supported this capstone project and provided prizes for the best project.

We pride ourselves on the friendly, supportive atmosphere we create for our students. Our open-door policy makes it easier for you to speak to your lecturers and get help with your studies. Throughout your studies, you’ll have a personal supervisor. They’re your main point of contact, there to help you throughout your studies.

We encourage all our students to get work experience while they are at university. With so many potential employers on our doorstep, you are in the ideal place to secure industry experience. We can’t guarantee you a place at a company but our careers team will work hard to help you find the right opening.

Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and meet the academic criteria for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The MEng options give you the mandatory four years of study that you need for accreditation as a Chartered Engineer.

All of our students get free membership of the IChemE and the Energy Institute – giving you the chance to visit local employers, listen to expert speakers and network with local employers.

Six reasons to study Chemical Engineering at Hull

  1. Study in the heart of the process industry
  2. Process safety training from industry experts
  3. Access to the leading CATCH training facility
  4. Industry-sponsored third-year design project
  5. Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  6. Option to spend a year in industry

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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    Engineering Mathematics and Chemical Reactivity

    Consolidate your understanding of core mathematics (calculus and ordinary differential equations) and chemistry (molecular structure, reactions in solution and kinetics).

    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.

    Chemical Engineering Design Challenge 1

    This module introduces many of the crucial skills for employment in the engineering field. These include presenting, and career and personal development planning.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Mathematics and Control for Engineers

    You'll focus on advanced mathematical used to model and control dynamical systems. You'll also be introduced to Laplace and Fourier transform techniques.

    Transport Processes 2 and Engineering Thermodynamics

    Gain confidence in the application of mass and heat transfer techniques to the design of industrially relevant equipment. 

    Chemical Dynamics and Dynamics and Statics of Process Equipment

    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.

    Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers

    You'll tackle problems in fluid mechanics that are of direct relevance to chemical engineering practice, 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 registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer. We emphasise team working, project planning, and leadership and management skills.

Placement year modules

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services such as the Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.

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'll learn how 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. 

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

372 hours

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

828 hours

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

8 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

35%
11%
54%
  • 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

312 hours

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

888 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

48%
10%
42%
  • 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

1,200 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

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

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

55%
18%
27%
  • 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.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

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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). 

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 Maths for Engineers and Further Maths for Engineers. You will also need to achieve an A Level in Chemistry at Grade C  or above (or equivalent qualification).
  • BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Calculus and Further Engineering Mathematics. You will also need to achieve an A Level in Chemistry at Grade C  or above (or equivalent qualification).
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Maths for Engineers and Applied Mathematics for Engineering. You will also need to achieve an A Level in Chemistry at Grade C  or above (or equivalent qualification).

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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.

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

Fees and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£17,200 per year

UK fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

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

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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
  • Design engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Research and development engineer
  • Operations engineers

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.

Our students go on to work at companies such as Associated British Foods, Croda, Smith and Nephew, Ineos, RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), BP and Siemens Gamesa.

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