School of Engineering

Chemical Engineering: Undergraduate

Chemical Engineering

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

A Chemical Engineering student

Our Degrees

Get a broad-ranging knowledge of Chemical Engineering. Gain in-depth expertise in one of our specialist areas. Develop the skills to collaborate with engineers from other disciplines.

The ‘engineering of chemistry’ involves the transformation of matter or energy into useful forms. We need to consider this transformation with economic, social and environmental factors in mind.

Our Chemical Engineering degrees are professionally accredited. We've developed them through our close links with industry. From day one, you’re on the path to becoming a professional engineer addressing major global challenges.

Our graduates have gone on to global careers with leading organisations in sectors such as:

  • oil, gas and energy
  • pharmaceutical
  • consumer products
  • petrochemicals and materials

Undergraduate Courses in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Gain a broad range of knowledge and skills across the full spectrum of chemical engineering topics.

Chemical Engineering: with Foundation Year

Don't meet the entry requirements? Our foundation degrees provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress to one of our Bachelor's or Master's degrees.

Chemical Engineering: Master of Engineering with Specialisms

Specialise and graduate with the appropriate Honours option. Our Masters' degrees share the same early curriculum, giving you the flexibility to transfer between them if your interests change.

Chemical Engineering with Bioprocess Engineering: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Chemical Engineering with Bioprocess Engineering

Focus on all aspects of bioreactors, from design to monitoring and control. Get in-depth knowledge of biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, and gene technology.

Chemical Engineering with Industry: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Chemical Engineering with Industry

Enhance your employability by spending a paid year in industry. Work with professional engineers and scientists on an industrial problem defined by your host company.

Chemical Engineering with Process Control: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Chemical Engineering with Process Control

Find out how chemical engineering processes give manufacturers a competitive edge. Learn the latest techniques in modern control theory.

Chemical Engineering with Sustainable Engineering: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Chemical Engineering with Sustainable Engineering

Sustainable solutions need to address environmental, social and economic concerns. Find out how we can reduce emissions, energy consumption, chemical use and waste.

Scholarships and Funding

A number of scholarships and funding opportunities are available for undergraduate students.



Why Choose Us?

Students are partners in our education model. You'll work alongside academics and industry partners who are leaders in their field. You'll learn how to design innovative and sustainable solutions to major global challenges.

Be part of a long tradition of engineering excellence. Here in Newcastle is where great innovators such as Armstrong, Stephenson, Merz and Swan developed ideas that changed the world.

Our Global Community

Our diverse community includes students from over 100 nationalities. We unite people and cultures, providing you with a truly global student experience.

Equality and diversity are essential components of our day-to-day operations. Our policies ensure that all protected characteristics are made welcome in our School. We encourage women in engineering, and are nearing our goal of 25% of our female student cohort.

Integrated Engineering and Our Impact

Our integrated approach to teaching and research gives you the ability to collaborate across subject disciplines.

The School's research groups contribute to three research themes:

Our teaching is informed by our ground-breaking research. Research groups in Chemical Engineering include:

Teaching Excellence

We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which demonstrates our commitment to teaching quality.

Teaching Excellence Framework TEF Gold

Quality and Ranking

  • 2nd in the UK for research power – Research Fortnight
  • top 175 – Engineering and Technology category; Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Join the Transformational World of Engineering


Your Learning Experience

Here at Newcastle you are a Student Engineer, not an Engineering Student. Right from day one, you’re on course to becoming a professional engineer with a world of opportunities.


of our UK-domiciled graduates

have gone on to employment or further study within six months of graduating


Your learning will include both the theory and practical application of chemical engineering. You'll get the chance to work within our very own pilot plant, providing you with a real-world experience.

Supporting You

You'll flourish as a part of our inspiring, supportive and challenging environment.

You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, degree tutors, and student buddies within our School.

The University also provide student support and wellbeing services, and our Students’ Union has a range of resources.

Engage with Industry

You'll engage with industry in a number of ways and attend guest lectures, and you'll take part in industrial projects and placements. You'll have access to in-school support, as well as support from our award-winning Careers Service.

Optional work placement

You may also have the opportunity to enhance your employability by spending up to a year on an optional work placement. Accepting a work placement will extend the duration of your degree by a year. This option won't be available to you if you choose to study abroad in your final year.

Study Abroad

In your final year, you complete an individual design project and a substantial research project.

With the agreement of the Degree Programme Director, you can carry out a research project at one of our partner universities in Europe or worldwide. Locations include Australia and Singapore.

World-class Facilities and Living Laboratories

We have a wide range of Chemical Engineering facilities for teaching and research.

We are one of the few Universities in the UK to have a pilot plant laboratory, which has recently been upgraded. You'll learn how to use industrial apparatus in this laboratory.

Our labs have an interactive video teaching system. You'll learn how to use industry-standard chemical engineering software in our dedicated computing suites.


Our Students

What do our students think of our Chemical Engineering degrees?



Our graduates are sought after by leading industry employers from across the globe.


Average starting salary

Typical range £24k-£30k

October 2017

Student Engineers

We see our students as ‘Student Engineers’, meaning right from day one, you will be on the pathway to becoming a professional engineer. 

A Chartered Engineer (CEng) is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.

  • Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are a direct route to becoming chartered. You don’t need to study any further qualifications to work toward chartered status.
  • Our Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved Master's degree.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website

From Student to Graduate to Professional Chartered Engineer

All of our degrees in Chemical Engineering have dual accreditation. They are accredited by:

Industrial Contact

Our professionally accredited degrees provide you with industry exposure in a number of ways:

  • placements
  • projects
  • industry prizes
  • competitions
  • guest lectures
  • site visits
  • careers support
  • careers fairs

We support your engagement with industry through our:

  • Professional Bodies
  • Industrial Advisory Boards
  • Academic Leads
  • Industrial Liaison Managers
  • Careers Service Marketing Professionals
  • Business Development Managers
  • Alumni

Engineers without Borders

A degree from the School of Engineering opens up a world of opportunities. Your future career choice ranges from groundbreaking research and consultancy to business and management, in the UK and Europe.

Our past graduates also work internationally:

  • building and running plants in East Asia
  • operating water treatment processes in the Gulf
  • developing catalysts in Chicago

Our Graduates

Graduate Destinations

Our graduates are employed by leading industry organisations from across the globe.

Conoco Phillips
GSK GlaxoSmithKline: A top graduate destination
British Sugar
Johnson Matthey
Air Products
ABB: A top graduate destination

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

All our undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. The Scheme sponsors students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.