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As one of the highest paid professions, with opportunities to work in a tremendous range of industries around the world, it’s no wonder Chemical Engineering is such a popular degree option. But, whilst a degree in Chemical Engineering is a fantastic achievement, it may take more than this to get you noticed by potential employers. With this in mind, the Chemical Engineering course at Chester has been designed to equip you with not only the knowledge, but also the hands-on skills and experience employers want.

Thinking of studying Chemical Engineering? Take a look through our blog, and discover how the opportunities available at Chester could help enhance your career prospects.

Why Chemical Engineering at Chester?

The primary mission of Chemical Engineering at Chester is to prepare tomorrow’s chemical engineers with the fundamental skills to develop their future professional lives. That is why we have designed our course to make it easier than ever to gain practical, first-hand experience alongside your academic studies. We know that there is a lot more to a great university course than lectures, tutorials and textbooks, and so we’ve utilised on-site facilities and industry contacts to ensure you get the most out of your course. After all, there’s no better way to learn than by doing!

On-site industry standard facilities

As a Chemical Engineering student at Chester you will be located at our fantastic Thornton Science Park. Operating as a working science park, there are a range of state-of-the-art facilities on campus for you to take advantage of, including purpose built laboratories and our superb pilot plant rig; designed to provide you with a fantastic learning experience in fluid flow, heat transfer, and separation processes.

Pilot Plant, Thornton Science Park

The rig project was managed by Mr Phil Sturla and Dr Paul Bujac, the most experienced members of the Chemical Engineering staff here at Chester and fabricated by local suppliers, AJC Engineering of Widnes, who we plan to work closely with on future projects.

This practical, hands-on experience on campus will form an integral part of our teaching, and will enable you to put theory into practice straight from the lecture room.

Excellent work-based learning

Not confined to the campus, you’ll also be encouraged to take part in a number of work placements throughout the course. Opportunities may include a paid four week work placement during the summer of your first year, to a six week Integrated Work Placement in your second year; our excellent Work Based Learning module is perfect for giving you experience in industry and applying your theoretical study to real work situations. And, if that isn’t enough, there is also the option for a year-long industrial placement between your second and third year.  

Not only will work placements look fantastic on your CV, they also go a long way in helping to build skills and discover potential career paths; putting you in good stead when it comes to making those all important decisions after graduation.

Established industry contacts

As a student at Thornton Science Park, you’ll be studying at the heart of a modern industrial research centre with over 20 engineering businesses on-site, ranging from young and developing enterprises, to large and multinational firms. This will give you plenty of opportunities to gain real insight into a professional work environment.

We also encourage local firms to take part in guest lectures, allowing you to learn first-hand from industry experts and gain useful career insights.  

Local field trips

From as early as your first term, you’ll get the opportunity to attend field trips to local engineering companies in the region. Recent trips have included a visit to Essar Stanlow Oil Refinery, where students have undertaken team based problem solving with young graduate engineers, as well as a visit to the hydroelectric power station Electric Mountain in Snowdonia..


Want to find out more?

For more information on studying Chemical Engineering at Chester take a look at the course page on our website.  

Contact us

If you have any questions about studying Chemical Engineering at Chester, feel free to contact Head of Chemical Engineering, Professor Stephen J. Wilkinson.

E:   T: 01244 511000

For general enquires regarding studying at Chester please feel free to contact us, we’ll be more than happy to help

E: T: 01244 511000

Visit us

If you would like to find out more about this course and see what it is like to study and live at the University of Chester, take the opportunity to visit us. And if you have any questions about your visit, we’ll be happy to help.

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