School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

About Us

About Us

Leading the way in Chemical Engineering study, research and business expertise.

students studying at desks

Chemical Engineering at Newcastle was established in 1954, and has undergone many cycles of change. The formation of the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials in 2002 reflects the evolution in the field. It consolidates Newcastle's status as the regional centre for education and research in the discipline.

The expansion of our internationally renowned research groups is pushing the frontiers of Chemical Engineering science and technology.


The School offers well-established and recognised undergraduate degree programmes, and industrially relevant taught and research postgraduate programmes.

We have on average around 450 undergraduate students. The School is large enough to support a range of activities, but small enough for staff and students to get to know each other.

With about 150 new undergraduate students each year, we have a lively mix of students from all over the UK. Approximately 15% of our students are from overseas, from over 10 countries. At Newcastle, more women enter Chemical Engineering than any other engineering degree and currently make up over 25% of our undergraduate numbers.

The student common room is a hive of friendly activity. The student-run Chemical Engineering Society organises a formal dinner and ball every spring, and a variety of parties and events throughout the year. Our vigorous sports teams compete annually in the Frank Morton games against other chemical engineering departments around the country for a national trophy. In addition, our staff-student committee ensures that all views about degree programmes and any aspects of life in the School are represented.

Teaching and research

The School is noted for its excellent teaching and its high quality research, with an international reputation in the fields of:

  • process modelling and systems engineering
  • electrochemical engineering
  • energy
  • process intensification
  • the environment

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students learn from staff who are at the forefront of their subjects.

Additionally, we have a number of visiting lecturers and Professors who contribute to the teaching and research in the School. Mainly from industry, their input enriches Chemical Engineering training and education in Newcastle.

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