You'll study a broad curriculum covering the theory and practical application of chemical engineering, including how to use industrial apparatus in our very own pilot plant.
In your third year you spend a paid year in industry, gaining invaluable work experience and building industry contacts. You will work in a team of professional engineers and scientists to apply your knowledge to an industrial problem defined by your host company. Your technical skills will be assessed through an industrial design project and you complete selected chemical engineering topics by distance learning.
The School and the University Careers Service will help you to find potential employers and guide you through the application process. We have strong links with over 100 companies, including:
On return to University in your fourth year, you study a selection of topics that are tailored to further develop the technical expertise you gain on your placement.
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 2021-22.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Flexible degree structure
All of our Chemical Engineering degrees (except our Industry degree), cover the same study programme for the first three years. This means that transfer between our degrees (except the Industry degree) is possible up to the end of Stage 3 should you find your interests change, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard.
Transfer to or from our Industry degree is also possible up to the end of Stage 2, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard.
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 2020.
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.
Your first year will provide an introduction to the core principles of engineering, maths, and science, with a focus on 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|
During Stage 2, you will further develop the knowledge and skills gained in year one, alongside areas such as separation processes, reactor engineering, and process measurement.
Stage 3 will be spent on placement within a chemical/process engineering company. During this time, you'll work as part of a team of professional engineers on an industrial problem defined by your host company. You'll also be able to complete chemical engineering modules via distance learning.
This is subject to successful completion of Stage 2 with an overall pass threshold of 65%.
|Industrial Design Project||50|
|Separation Processes 2 (Industry)||15|
|Placement Log Book||5|
|Chemical Engineering Knowledge (Industry)||50|
In your final year, you will return to the University and study carefully selected modules, chosen to enhance the technical experience gained during your placement. You will also complete a research project and individual design project.
|Process Control 2||10|
|Design for Process Safety||10|
|Reactor Systems Engineering||15|
|MEng Research Project||55|
|Advanced Design Project||20|
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
Our strong links with industry experts and focus on industry skills ensure you'll graduate fully equipped with the skills you need.
Your studies include:
- problem-based learning for the first three years based around industrial case studies – excellent preparation for life as a professional engineer
- lectures delivered by practising industry experts covering issues surrounding safety management and environmental protection
- industry representation on our Board of Studies with direct input into our degrees
- industry links with over 100 chemical engineering companies, resulting in sponsorship and placement opportunities and plant visits
We use case study-led teaching, so your learning has real-world relevance. Teaching is through a combination of:
- computer practice sessions
- extensive 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
During your final year, you will complete a substantial research project. You will also develop comprehensive research skills throughout your degree and during your year in industry.
In your third year, you will embark on a fully accredited, paid work placement with an approved company. This will allow you to gain invaluable work experience while also building an enviable network of industry contacts.
Reinforce your learning through:
- a 12-month placement in industry
- practical sessions carried out in our Pilot Plant and Millennium Lab
- 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.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.
If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You'll 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 in Stage 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
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.
Chemical Engineering is a truly global profession with worldwide opportunities leading to well-paid and rewarding careers.
As a chemical engineering graduate with industry experience, you'll be highly employable across a diverse range of sectors, having developed desirable skills such as problem-solving and innovation.
Our graduates are targeted by high-profile employers from sectors including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, oil and gas, water, environment, and biotechnology.
Former students have gone on to work in varied roles, including:
- chemical engineer
- protective coatings intern
- treating and FCCU development engineer
- safety consultant
- energy marketing
- trading graduate analyst
Graduates have taken on these roles at leading companies such as Affinity Water, ExxonMobil, Air Products, Uniper SE, Nestle, Fujifilm, British Steel, Proctor and Gamble, and PwC.
Strong industry links ensure you will receive the most relevant, up-to-date teaching, while providing opportunities for guest lectures, plant visits, and your industry placement.
Consultants from industry deliver classes on current industrial practice, providing the latest insight into issues such as safety and sustainability.
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.
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.
This scheme is for 2021 entry only. DTUS will not be running for 2022 entry.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
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 2021 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.
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.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa 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
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.