Chemical Engineering concerns the science, technology and management involved in making the materials and products needed by our society.
You study a range of core materials incorporating the fundamentals of chemical engineering as well as supporting mathematics and science.
The technical aspects revolve around managing the behaviour of materials and chemical reactions - this means predicting and manipulating compositions, flows, temperatures and pressures of solids, liquids and gases.
You learn about chemical, physical and biological processes using mathematical equations as well as learning about the equipment and techniques used by industry for large-scale manufacturing and the safety issues surrounding the industry.
As well as core chemical engineering, you study further options in chemistry and learn how the skills of the chemical engineer and the chemist are brought together in order to design and manufacture products as far ranging as petrochemicals, pharmaceutical tablets, inkjet printing modules, deodorant sticks and chocolate. The course enables you to understand processes from the molecular level up to industrial scale.
Many graduates enter roles in industry as design engineers, consultants or undertake research and development of new products. Others use the skills they have gained for a career in non chemical-engineering sectors such as business, finance, marketing, banking, insurance, accountancy and IT.
Many graduates move into senior management. Fields are as diverse as food and drink, chemicals, oil, gas and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, energy generation and disposal of waste. Graduates with a knowledge of chemistry as well as chemical engineering are particularly well placed to follow careers in product development.
What our students say
The best thing about studying chemistry with chemical engineering is the ability to learn about both. (Laura Iheanaetu, MEng Chemical Engineering with Chemistry)
Course fees: Tuition fees for Home/EU students commencing their studies in 2009 will be approximately £3250 per year. These fees will be subject to change in the light of government announcements to all universities.