Chemical engineers play a crucial role in many aspects of our everyday lives. This degree will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to contribute to future scientific and technological breakthroughs within the diverse sector.
Practical learning and industry placements are integrated throughout the degree, giving you the opportunity to put your learning into practice, develop your professional expertise, and gain invaluable real-life experience in the sector.
You'll gain expertise across a broad range of chemical engineering topics, including thermodynamics, plant design, and process control.
BEng or MEng?
Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Flexible degree structure
All of our chemical engineering degrees share the same first three years – with the exception of our Chemical Engineering with Industry degree. We allow you to explore the subject and find out where your interests lie.
You can transfer between any of our chemical engineering degrees if you want to.
You must achieve the appropriate academic standard to transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree.
Quality and ranking
- 18th in the UK - The Complete University Guide 2022 (Chemical Engineering category)
- 19th in the UK - Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 (Chemical Engineering category)
- Top 150 for Engineering - Chemical - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
All of our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Institute of Measurement and Control.
IChemE accreditation means employers will recognise the quality of your degree because it meets high professional standards.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
During Stage 1, you'll be introduced to core engineering, maths, and science principles, including chemistry, thermodynamics, the principles of chemical engineering and engineering mathematics.
|Principles of Chemical Engineering||25|
|Computing and Numerical Methods||10|
|Data Analysis in Process Industries||5|
|Engineering Mathematics I||20|
The areas covered in Stage 1 will be expanded on in Stage 2, introducing disciplines such as reactor engineering, separation processes, and process measurement, dynamics and control.
In your final year, you'll work in a team to design a process plant, which will then be presented to experts from the sector. If you've decided to specialise on a specific area of chemical engineering, your project can be tailored to fit in with your chosen specialism.
|Process Design & Economics||15|
|Separation Processes 2||15|
|Design for Process Safety||10|
|Reactor Systems Engineering||15|
|Process and Product Engineering||10|
|Chemical Engineering Laboratory II||5|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
Your teaching is case study-led, and gives a real-world relevance to your degree education.
You're taught through:
- computer practice sessions
- practical laboratory work
- group work on case studies and design projects
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You'll reinforce your learning and gain hands-on experience through:
- practical sessions carried out in our well-stocked Pilot Plant and Millennium Lab, where you'll be able to carry out chemistry experiments and use real-life equipment
- work on real-world engineering projects informed by industry-leading companies
- experience with industry-standard chemical engineering software in our dedicated computer suites
- access to small-scale unit operations and the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art BioLab
During your final year, you'll have the opportunity to carry out a research project at one of our partner universities worldwide.
Chat to a student
I chose Newcastle because it's one of the best universities in chemical engineering. Not only located in Newcastle, which is known to be a student city, but also a member of the Russell Group.
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.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
You'll have access to a great range of facilities and equipment during your time at Newcastle, including:
- a state-of-the-art BioLab, providing access to a range of small-scale unit operations and the latest equipment
- a recently upgraded pilot plant laboratory
- modern bench-top experimental equipment
- an interactive video teaching system
- high-specification fume cupboards for handling volatile chemicals
- two dedicated computing suites, running specialised industry-standard computer software
To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive:
- a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable)
- a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment
You'll be supported by a personal tutor (an academic member of staff) throughout your degree. They can help you with academic and personal issues.
You'll also have access to a peer mentor (a fellow student) in your first year. They can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
89% of our Chemical Engineer BEng Honours graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating*.
Our graduates took up a range of roles, such as:
- graduate technical plant engineer
- research technologist
- engineering project intern
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Prepare for diverse career paths
Our graduates are targeted by high-profile employers like SUEZ, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Patheon, and Kendal Nutricare across a range of sectors such as:
- oil and gas
We're proud of our strong industry links, which will open up a wealth of opportunities for networking, placements, and development during your studies. Consultants from industry deliver classes on current industrial practice, providing the latest insight into issues such as safety and sustainability.
Engineers from the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA) deliver sessions on chemical plant design that reflects current industrial practice. These engineers are from:
- Air Products
- Aker Solutions
- Honeywell UOP
- Johnson Matthey
- Wood Group
- Worley Parsons
Make a difference
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year at our on-campus and virtual open days.
You'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
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