Chemical engineers develop innovative processes to turn raw materials into useful products like fuels, plastics, foods and medicines. They are also leading efforts to make the modern world a cleaner, safer and more sustainable place to live. 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 or turning living cells into tiny factories for making life-saving drugs.
Why Study Chemical Engineering with us?
You will be at the heart of a modern industrial research centre, working with state-of-the-art industrial research facilities previously used as Shell’s main Research and Development centre in the UK.
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.
|Typical Entry||112 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
BEng/MEng: 112/120 UCAS points from GCE A Level or equivalent. Typical offer BBC/BBB. The Department requires the following: Chemistry and Maths - (minimum grade C/B for BEng/MEng)
BTEC Engineering plus A2 Level Chemistry
28 points, inc. 5 in HL Maths and 5 in HL Chemistry; 30 points for the MEng route
Access to HE Diploma Science and Engineering (Maths and Chemistry at Level 3), to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and General Studies A Level will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs. Although not part of the entry requirements, we would recommend that students take mechanics modules as part of their A2 level course.
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1, you will study the essential chemistry, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, biotechnology, materials processing and mathematical methods needed for a basic understanding of modern chemical engineering. A range of skills needed for professional success, including team-working, leadership, professional ethics and many more, are also taught in a specialist course beginning on day 1.
What will I learn?
Year 2 focuses on the core areas of chemical engineering. The aim is to deepen your understanding of the chemical and physical principles required for safe design and operation of process plants.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 you will gain a broader knowledge for technical and strategic decision making. This is brought together in the Design Project, which is a major exercise that involves working in teams to design a complete process with due consideration to safety and economics. In this year of study, you will focus on specific industry areas, as well as courses on engineering design principles and business operation.
" It is a privilege to work on a site with a legacy of industrial chemical engineering research dating back to the 1940s and, through our supportive culture, research-led teaching and close ties to industry, we are passionate about helping the next generation of chemical engineers to fulfil their potential."
How will I be taught?
You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials and specialist laboratory work, which will be delivered at our Thornton Science Park site, together with independent guided study. Thornton Science Park is used by our University of Chester undergraduate and postgraduate engineers, and industrial and commercial business partners.
Every year you will complete the equivalent of six, 20-credit modules, representing 200 hours’ work each. This will correspond to regular working weeks during the academic year. Approximately a third of your work will be comprised of scheduled contact time, while the rest is independent guided study, which includes problem-solving, reading assignments and writing laboratory reports.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be by examination and through coursework and lab work assignments, which will include presentations, reports and practicals.
Open Days 2017
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Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Thornton Science Park
Thornton Science Park is home to the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is the study base for students studying Engineering, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science courses.
Our Thornton Science Park is based just outside of Chester, and is a major research and innovation hub. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, its takeover by the University has created the opportunity to apply the Centre’s legacy to the continuation of innovation and research in science and engineering in the North West.
For Engineering students there are purpose-built facilities donated to the University of Chester by Shell, used for problem-based learning. For Natural Sciences students there are purpose-built laboratories equipped to give you the best practical experience and learning opportunities, and you will also be working alongside active researchers and industrial partners. For Computer Science students there is access to a range of fully licensed design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, games area in the library to play computer games, software for 3D modelling, graphics programming, game engine programming, computational analysis and programming. Meanwhile, Mathematics students will be supported by the use of the most up-to-date computer facilities available.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
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Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.