Our chemical engineering degrees focus on developing your knowledge and practical skills on topics across the discipline, so you're equipped to embark on an exciting career as a chemical engineer.
This foundation year will help you build the base knowledge you need to progress to our chemical engineering BEng degree.
This is a full-time programme of study covering core chemical engineering topics, including:
- foundation mathematics
- applied mechanics
- material science
Successful completion of the foundation year leads to guaranteed progression to Stage 1 on one of Chemical Engineering BEng Honours (H810).
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 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 your foundation year, you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto our three-year Chemical Engineering BEng.
You'll study topics such as foundation mathematics, mechanical science, electrical and electronic engineering, and applied mechanics.
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Teaching and assessment
You'll learn from staff across various departments of our engineering and science schools.
You spend approximately 20 hours per week in taught classes. You also spend a further 20 hours attending tutorials and completing laboratory reports.
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
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.
This course gives you the knowledge you need to progress to our Chemical Engineering BEng Honours degree.
If you are not sure which engineering discipline you are interested in, you should apply for the general Engineering with Foundation Year degree.
This allows you to delay your choice of engineering discipline until the end of the foundation year.
Facilities and environment
As a mechanical engineering student you'll be based in the School of Engineering in the heart of our city-centre campus.
You'll have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities and laboratories such as:
- labs for design-make-test projects: making and testing machines and structures
- strengths (testing) labs with machines up to 500kN and access to machines up to 8MN
- mechantronics/electronics labs for programming robots and automated devices
- bio-engineering lab for bio-materials manufacture and testing of components
- manufacturing lab with good selection of modern CNC machine tools
- composite materials lab with fire test facilities
We also provide high-quality, specialist facilities to support your studies:
- state-of-the-art CAD and CAE 3D design facilities
- HE-Ion and other microscopes with resolutions down to 0.3nm
- wide range of rapid prototyping facilities for projects and research
- engine test cells, wind-tunnel and water flow channels with laser flow management
- Formula Student car design, build and test facilities
- gear and drive system testing machines up to 8MW capacity
- our own 1750hp main-line diesel-electric locomotive
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 and textbooks
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
89% of our chemical engineering 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
Benefit from our industry links
With a strong engineering heritage, we've built up strong industry links, which will open up opportunities for networking, placements, and development during your studies.
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.
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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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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