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Course overview

Chemical engineers develop innovative processes to turn raw materials into useful products such as fuels, plastics, foods and medicines. On this course you will learn the key set of chemical engineering principles and understand how to use them for a huge range of applications, such as eliminating harmful emissions of greenhouse gases.

Our BEng in Chemical Engineering is fully accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and forms the first step in your journey towards becoming a chartered engineer.


If you have any enquiries about the course content, please use these contact details for Chemical Engineering.

  • Thornton Science Park
3 Years

Why Study Chemical Engineering with us?

You will be at the heart of a modern industrial research centre, previously one of Shell’s main Research and Development centres in the UK, working with state-of-the-art industrial research facilities. 

Situated at the attractive Thornton Science Park, adjacent to Britain’s second largest oil refinery, we also enjoy close links with many innovative chemical engineering companies both on-site and nearby. 

Our course has been designed in consultation with major recruiters of chemical engineering graduates, and all students complete work placements. 

We have a strong, supportive culture underpinned by interactive, problem-based learning delivered by research-active faculty.

Thornton Science Park

Our Faculty of Science and Engineering is based at Thornton Science Park just outside Chester. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, the campus continues the legacy of innovation in science and engineering in the North West.

The 66-acre site features purpose-built laboratories and industrial facilities to provide the best practical experience and learning opportunities. There are up-to-date computer facilities featuring fully licensed engineering, design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, a dedicated Games Zone and the on-site Sutton library.

Outside of lectures and practical sessions, you can make use of a variety of recreational spaces including a coffee bar and restaurant, fitness centre and all-weather pitch. A free shuttle bus is provided to transport students to and from Parkgate Road Campus, Chester.

Thornton is a working science park with a number of science and technology-based companies located on site, so students have the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focused environment.

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Events in October and November for Undergraduate study.


Chemical Engineering

Open Days 2018

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it's really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 28th October
  • Saturday 13th October
  • Saturday 27th October

Warrington Dates

  • Saturday 20th October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Saturday 20th October
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