School of Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

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

A Chemical Engineering student

Our Degrees

Our interdisciplinary approach means you'll gain a depth of understanding and expertise in chemical engineering and the breadth of skills and ability to collaborate across other engineering disciplines.

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA
  • IB: 37 points
International equivalent

A Newcastle Chemical Engineering degree will equip you with broad ranging knowledge with the option of gaining in-depth expertise in one of four specialist areas highlighted below.

The ‘engineering of chemistry’ involves the transformation of matter or energy into useful forms. This transformation must be considered with economic, social and environmental factors in mind. Our graduates have gone on to global careers with leading organisations in Oil, Gas & Energy, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Products and Petrochemicals & Materials.

Our professionally accredited chemical engineering degrees are developed through our close links with industry, meaning that from day one you’re on the path to becoming a professional engineer addressing major global challenges.

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 degree will develop the knowledge you need to progress to one of our Chemical Engineering BEng/MEng degrees.

Chemical Engineering: Master of Engineering with Specialisms

Allowing you to specialise and graduate with the appropriate honours options in a number of areas. Our 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

With Bioprocess Engineering

From biotechnology to cell and molecular biology to gene technology, you'll understand the design and operation of bioreactors.

Chemical Engineering with Industry: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

With Industry

Spend a paid year in industry enhancing your employability and building industry contacts.You'll 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

With Process Control

Explore how chemical engineering processes give manufacturers a competitive edge as well as learning the latest techniques in industrial modern control theory.

Chemical Engineering with Sustainable Engineering: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

With Sustainable Engineering

Explore how sustainable engineering balances environmental, social and economic concerns and gain expertise in reducing 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 and you will work alongside academics and industry partners who are leaders in their field, developing innovative and sustainable ideas that can change the world.

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 multicultural community includes students from over 100 nationalities and unites people and cultures providing you with a truly global student experience.

Equality and diversity are essential components of our day-to-day operations and long term ambitions within the School of Engineering and includes a number of initiatives. We encourage women in engineering and are nearing our goal of 25% of our female student cohort.

Integrated Engineering and Our Impact

You will benefit from our integrated approach to teaching, giving you a depth of subject understanding and ability to collaborate across our subject disciplines, working alongside expert academics and industry leaders.

Our subject disciplines are organised into three research groups: Bio and EnvironmentalInfrastructure and Materials and Manufacturing. This way you will benefit from our interdisciplinary approach where teaching is informed by our ground-breaking research.

Our Chemical Engineering research themes include:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Biosystems
  • Process Intensification
  • Electrochemical Engineering

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.


Chemical Engineering graduates

have gone on to employment or further study

DLHE 2016

Your learning experience will incorporate a mix of theory and practical application of chemical engineering, including working within our very own pilot plant – providing real-world experience.

Supporting You

You will be a part of an inspiring, supportive and challenging environment where you will flourish.

Students here in the School are supported throughout their studies with help and support from personal tutors, stage tutors, degree tutors and student buddies as well as access to a range of student support and wellbeing facilities and a number of resources through our Students’ Union.

Engage with Industry

You will engage with industry in a number of ways, including guest lectures, projects, placements, in-school support as well as support from our Careers Service. You will 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

Our students have the opportunity during their final year to complete an individual design project and substantial research project at one of our partner universities in Europe or worldwide, including 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.

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


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:

Engaging with Industry

Our professionally accredited taught degree programmes will allow you industry exposure in a number of ways through:

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

We will support and facilitate 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 will open up a world of opportunities in careers ranging 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

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.