This course will equip you with core scientific and engineering knowledge, practical laboratory skills, teamworking, problem solving and other transferable skills needed to pursue a career in chemical engineering with a specialist expertise in environment protection and sustainability. These sought-after skills can also lead to a diverse range of other career options.
This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
The department teaches a common first year across chemical engineering and environmental engineering courses. The transition between school/college and university is very carefully managed, with extensive staff support.
Year one takes students with backgrounds in science and maths and introduces the fundamental engineering sciences including heat and mass transfer and fluid mechanics. Safety and environmental aspects are also covered, as are the development of professional skills. The material is taught using a wide variety of methods from problem-based learning to tutorials and laboratory classes.
At the end of year one you can elect to transfer to any of the courses offered by the department.
The focus of year two is to develop the fundamental engineering sciences into the key processes and operations that are common within chemical engineering, such as reaction engineering, separations, plant design and computer systems. Laboratory work is a major component and the exposure to industry and cutting-edge research also increases. Environmental protection and management are significant components, and a field course is undertaken.
At the end of year two you can elect to transfer between BEng and MEng courses; and this is also the most common time for students to take a year out to work in industry or to undertake a study abroad programme.
In year three we develop the practical application of the knowledge and skills that have been gained in years one and two. Laboratory exercises are more open-ended, using large-scale and industrial equipment. Project management, business and finance are covered and there is a significant amount of input from industry. You will specialise in environmental management and design, and you will be able to undertake further optional modules according to your career choice.
Year three students undertake a group design project, which simulates a commercial situation where companies tender for a design contract concerning an environmental project. Projects are industry driven and allow you to develop and demonstrate the skills and competencies necessary to be professional chemical engineers wishing to specialise in the environment.