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.
This four-year MEng Honours degree enables you to study a broad curriculum for the first three years, before studying specialist topics in bioprocess engineering in your fourth year.
Bioprocess engineering is the branch of chemical engineering which focuses on the role of living organisms in the manufacturing process. It is key to several growth industries, such as the production of biofuels and new medicines. This degree responds to industry demand by focusing on the use of bioreactors and their effective design, modelling, monitoring and control.
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 industrially 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.
In the third year you bring all this knowledge together to design a process plant in teams. You will take on the role of bioprocess engineer within your team.
This shared curriculum provides you with a broad foundation of chemical engineering knowledge. It also gives you the flexibility to transfer to one of our other 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.
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.
Newcastle students graduate fully equipped with the skills they will need thanks to our strong links with industry experts. Newcastle offers:
In your final year you complete an individual design project and substantial research project, which you may carry out within the School or in industry. Alternatively, with the agreement of the Degree Programme Director, you may carry out your research project at one of our partner universities in Europe or worldwide. Locations include Australia and Singapore.
As a chemical engineering student at Newcastle, you will join our School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. The School has state-of-the-art labs and facilities, which have benefited from considerable investment in the last few years. You will gain hands-on experience through access to these facilities, which include:
Find out more about studying chemical engineering at Newcastle:
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.