chemical-engineering

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

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

N/A

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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, Reckitt 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.

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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. Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  4. Industry-sponsored third-year design project
  5. Access to the leading CATCH training facility
  6. 4th in the UK for academic support and assessment and feedback*

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

    Physical and Biological Chemistry

    Students will acquire skills data collection, use of computer packages to analyse data obtained from experimental work. Students understand how to set up experiments in chemistry and be aware of health and safety in the laboratory.

    Introduction to Chemical Process Engineering

    The aim of this module is to introduce the concepts behind the chemical process industry and the underlying principles of energy and mass balances. This module will lay the theoretical and practical foundations of Chemical Engineering.

    Chemical Engineering Mathematics

    This module delivers essential core mathematics knowledge, including polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, series, vectors, matrices and complex numbers.

    Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

    In this module the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics are introduced through application to engineering applications and energy processes involving pure substances and homogenous mixtures.

    Chemical Engineering Safety, Practice and Study Skills

    This module starts to develop the student’s interpersonal skills, as well as introducing students to their own personal commitment to professional standards, and the ability to recognise their own obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

    Introduction to Material Science

    The aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and expertise required to solve problems involving modern materials selection, modification, characterisation, and application as commonly encountered in the chemical and process industries.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Transport Processes

    The aim of this module is to equip students with the competencies required to solve problems involving Transport Processes – specifically fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer as commonly encountered in the chemical and process industries.

    Chemical and Equilibrium Separation Processes

    You will study key aspects of separation processes, such as vapour-liquid equilibrium, distillation, absorption, stripping and liquid-liquid extraction. You will apply the knowledge gained from this module to design separation process equipment and solve chemical engineering problems related to separation processes.

    Particle Technology and Physical Separation Processes

    The aim of this module is to introduce the concepts surrounding the solid particles and fine powders handling in Chemical process industries and the underlying principles of the physical separation processes of solids from waste stream fluids and mixtures of solids.

    Chemical Reaction Engineering

    Chemical reaction engineering is one of the core modules unique to chemical engineering and separates the chemical engineer from other engineers. It is a great module that is fun to learn and is the heart of chemical engineering. It aims to produce graduates with the ability to develop new processes and improve existing technologies.

    Process Safety and Professional Skills

    This module develops the student’s interpersonal skills, as well as their own personal commitment to professional standards, ability to recognise their own obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

    Process Control and Instrumentation

    The module combines two areas of engineering (i) process control which aims to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in the topics such as feedback & PID control theory (ii) Instrumentation which intends to introduce chemical engineering students to deal effectively with different sensors in different chemical plants.

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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

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

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  • BTEC grades N/A

  • Points required N/A

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

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At Hull, you’re a name not a number. During Clearing, we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades. We may be able to offer you a place whatever your situation.

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 466100 or complete our online form to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

If you require a 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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Take a tour of the facilities

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

Fees and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£18,300 per year

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

*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 £9,706 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.