Chemical engineers are responsible for the chemical and biochemical transformations behind thousands of everyday products, in a wide variety of industries, from the manufacture of medicines to freeze-drying food. We'll teach you the theory and practical application of chemical engineering, including how to use industrial apparatus in our very own pilot plant.
Our three-year Chemical Engineering BEng Honours degree is the broadest ranging of our degrees and will equip you with knowledge and skills across the full spectrum of chemical engineering topics, allowing you to keep your career options open.
This degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
See the MEng or BEng section below for more information about professional accreditation and the difference between studying to BEng and MEng level.
At Newcastle you will join a School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials with a long-standing reputation for teaching quality and student support.
The quality of the chemical engineering degrees at Newcastle University is recognised with a top five ranking in The Guardian University Guide 2014.
Chemical Engineering at Newcastle also ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
Teaching is a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer practice sessions and an extensive hands-on laboratory practical component. You will also spend time working on industry-relevant case studies and design projects in small groups.
Assessment is by class tests, laboratory reports, multi-choice questions, project reports, oral presentations, closed book examinations, and interviews. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
All of our Chemical Engineering degrees (except our Chemical Engineering with Industry degree) cover the same study programme for the first three years.
Through case study-led teaching, we introduce you to core engineering, maths and science principles underpinning the design of a chemical engineering process plant, from controlling chemical reaction rates to using specialist computer software to solve chemical and process engineering problems.
We teach you how to perform, measure, analyse and manipulate chemical reactions. We introduce you to basic types of mass, heat and momentum transfer, as well as the design criteria for heat exchangers and other plant equipment used in process plants.
Consultants from industry deliver classes on current industrial practice as well as issues surrounding safety management and environmental protection.
In the third year you bring all this knowledge together to design a process plant in teams. This tests your knowledge of process selection, conceptual design, equipment design, process safety and sustainability, and economic analysis.
This shared curriculum provides you with a broad foundation of chemical engineering knowledge. It also gives you the flexibility to transfer between our Chemical Engineering MEng degrees (except Chemical Engineering with Industry) up to the end of Stage 3, should your ideas change as your skills develop and you gain more experience of different aspects of chemical engineering.
Transfer to or from our Chemical Engineering with Industry degree is possible up to the end of Stage 2, before the accredited industrial placement begins in Stage 3.
Please note: transfer from the BEng degree to one of our MEng degrees is subject to you achieving the appropriate academic standard.
All students have the chance to gain valuable workplace skills to make you stand out in the graduate market place. We have strong links with over 100 companies, including P&G, MSD and ExxonMobil. The School and the University Careers Service will help you to find potential employers and guide you through the application process.
As a chemical engineering student at Newcastle, you will join the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. Our state-of-the-art labs and facilities have benefitted from considerable investment in the last few years, which includes:
Visit the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials' website, where you can:
We offer chemical engineering degrees at two levels:
All of our chemical engineering degrees are professionally accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Both the BEng and MEng provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Chemical Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) as they completely satisfy the academic requirements to achieve this professional qualification. This means you will not have to undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career, though you will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master’s degree, or appropriate further learning to Master’s level.
A BEng is also suitable for international students who don’t need British Chartered Engineer status.
This degree is approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) for entry to all technical corps.
DTUS is a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
Newcastle is one of only 10 UK universities taking part in DTUS.
Find out more on the Armed Forces page on our website.
Working with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Newcastle University also offers a full-time BEng Honours degree in Chemical Engineering in Singapore. Find out more on the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials' website.
My course is challenging but rewarding as well. Each of my classes builds on one another which can make it difficult at times, but this forces me to understand and examine each one of my subjects and how it relates to an overall perspective.
Newcastle University has allowed me to have a balance between work and play. The academic side of university is challenging and interesting. There are many societies and clubs to get involved in. All the students that go here are nice and friendly.