About Us

Student in LaboratoryEstablished in 1954, Chemical Engineering at Newcastle 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, consolidating Newcastle's status as the regional centre for education and research in the discipline.

The School offers well-established and recognised undergraduate degree programmes, and industrially relevant taught and research postgraduate programmes. The expansion of our internationally renowned research groups will provide the synergy to push back the frontiers of Chemical Engineering science and technology.

We have on average a total of about 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.

Student in LaboratoryWith about 150 new undergraduate students each year, we have a lively mix of students from all over the UK, and 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 and 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.

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

Student in LaboratoryAdditionally, 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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