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Chemical Engineers develop the industrial processes behind many of the products that make up the modern world, from ice cream to clean water, and from penicillin to biodegradable plastics. Our courses are interdisciplinary, giving you a firm understanding of chemistry, biotechnology, mathematics, computing and physics, alongside business and leadership skills, and opening the door to a wide range of rewarding careers.

We offer a three-year BEng degree in Chemical Engineering that allows you to explore the innovative proceses that help make the workd a cleaner, safer and more sustainable place to live, as well as a four-year MEng degree in Chemical Engineering that includes advanced aspects of chemical engineering, alongside project management and research skills.  Our BEng and MEng degrees are fully-accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and form the first step towards becoming a chartered engineer.

We also support graduate students pursuing research and offer PhD and MRes degrees.  The state-of-the-art experimental and high performance computing facilities, the interdisciplinary culture and the specialist supervision make the department an exciting place in which to begin research. Prospective applicants with good first degrees in Chemical Engineering or related disciplines should contact Prof. Stephen Wilkinson in the first instance.

All students benefit from outstanding laboratories furbished with modern equipment, as well as our close links with a wide range of industrial and commercial partners, both on-site and nearby. Our goal is to provide our students with professional skills and a unique educational experience on a site where cutting-edge industrial research is taking place. We offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere to help students develop the potential to become leaders in their areas.

All of our undergraduate students complete work placements as part of the second year of their degree.  In addition, we offer a bursary of £1,200 for all completed first-year placement reports, while many first and second year students also secure paid placements for the rest of the summer.  Student placements are at least four weeks in duration and require students to work full-time alongside industrial or academic staff. It is also possible to arrange a year-long placement by deferring entry to the next year of your degree; each year, several students opt to gain valuable experience in this way.

Engineering library and computing facilities are excellent, both on the Thornton engineering site and on the Chester Campus, where Engineering students will have their accommodation and recreational facilities. Many of our first-year undergraduate students qualify for guaranteed University accommodation. Regular transport to and from the Thornton site is provided by the University.

Staying loyal to our “no hidden costs” philosophy, the Faculty of Science and Engineering covers the following in full:

  • All core textbooks for first and second year
  • Software licences provided for academic use
  • All PPE equipment provided by the Faculty
  • Lab coats, safety glasses, ear defenders, steel toe cap boots etc
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • Photocopying/Printing costs at annual allowance
  • Student membership of professional institutes

Our students are involved in various STEM activities via the STEM Outreach Programme running within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. For the full programme of outreach events offered, please follow the link here.

To get a feel for what life as a student at the University of Chester would be like, see the video below to hear what first-year Chemical Engineering student Adeeb Mohammed has to say about his Chester story.

A wide range of bursaries and scholarships are available, according to the University of Chester policy on student financial support.  These provide financial assistance for eligible students and include University-wide schemes as well as specialist bursaries and scholarships for engineering, science and mathematics students. In addition, all incoming first years on the BEng and MEng Chemical Engineering degrees receive a £500 bursary.

The University of Chester has over 175-years' experience of innovation and creativity in teaching, learning and research and we are committed to achieving excellence and employability for students registered on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.