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.
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
We have a top 5 UK ranking for Chemical Engineering in The Guardian University Guide 2020. We also rank in the top 150 for Chemical Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
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, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.
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.
|Separation Processes 1||20|
|Transfer Processes 2||20|
|Process Measurement, Dynamics & Control||10|
|Chemical Engineering Laboratory I||10|
|Safety, Risk and Engineering Practice||20|
|Engineering Mathematics II||10|
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 Control 2||10|
|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|
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. 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, you 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), and a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment and text books.
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+ inititiative.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme
This degree is approved by DTUS, 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.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
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, including Newcastle University London. 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 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
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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