Fact file - 2014 entry
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Chemical Engineering
A level offer: AAA
Required subjects: maths and either chemistry or physics at A2 level
IB score: 36 (higher level subjects to include maths plus either chemistry or physics)
Available part time: no
Course places: 90 (across all undergraduate courses in the Department)
Campus: University Park Campus
This course equips graduates with core scientific and engineering knowledge, practical laboratory skills, teamworking, problem solving and other transferable skills needed to pursue careers as professional chemical engineers, as well as a diverse range of other career options.
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 and formative feedback mechanisms.
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 of year two and the exposure to industry and cutting-edge research also increases. Safety and environmental aspects are an important part of year two, which also sees you becoming more independent in your approach to learning.
At the end of year two students can elect to transfer between BEng and MEng courses, and this is also the most common time for you 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 can choose between a number of optional modules in year three, allowing them to specialise in a particular area according to their your choice.
Year-three students undertake a group design project, which simulates a commercial environment where companies tender for a design contract. Projects are industry driven and allow you to develop and demonstrate the skills and competencies necessary to be professional chemical engineers.
A levels: AAA, including maths and either chemistry or physics at A2 level
English language requirements
ILETS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking)
For details please see alternative qualifications page
Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Notes for applicants
Scholarships - for details of scholarships, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/funding
Course options - 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 and formative feedback mechanisms. At the end of year one you will be able to transfer to any of the courses offered by the Department. At the end of year two you will have the opportunity to transfer between BEng and MEng courses; 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.
Our modules provide a balance of fundamental principles and applications, engineering practice and design elements. Modules are shaped by new developments in industry and as a consequence, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Physics and Process Chemistry
Typical year-two modules
Typical year-three modules
Chemical Product Design
Design Project BEng
Process Dynamics and Control
Typical optional modules
Process Simulation 1
Advanced Transport Phenomena
Chemical Engineering Laboratory
You will have developed your knowledge of science and engineering, together with a wide range of transferable skills including IT, communication, analysis, problem solving, teamworking and management. You will be highly sought-after by companies worldwide to work in areas such as process and product design, management and consultancy.
This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers 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.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering was £27,861.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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