What is chemical and environmental engineering?
Today‘s world recognises the major challenges that future generations will need to overcome, and these are in energy, sustainability, water availability and the management of waste that we produce. Chemical and environmental engineers are uniquely placed to provide solutions to these challenges.
With our unique combinations of chemical and environmental engineering, we are well placed to provide multi-skilled graduates who go on to work in a diverse range of industries including energy, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and environmental services, as well as government agencies and departments around the world.
How will I study?
We have pioneered a supportive learning environment which provides large amounts of informal and formal feedback and complements the more traditional assessment methods. Fundamental to our courses is a significant amount of laboratory and project work which will allow you to develop the analytical, teamworking and problem-solving skills that have set our chemical and environmental engineers apart from other graduates.
The balance of skills and experience among our staff is used to carefully manage the transition between the student-centred learning common in schools and colleges to the independent way of thinking that characterises our chemical and environmental engineers. This transition is achieved using a creative and imaginative approach to learning that includes field work, laboratory classes, site visits, virtual reality, e-learning and computer simulations as well as the more traditional lecture and tutorial classes.
The teaching, learning and assessment practices within the Department are recognised by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as achieving the highest possible standard. Large numbers of our graduates use the Nottingham degree as the starting point to achieving Chartered Engineer status, and all our staff are members of the IChemE or other professional organisations. We have extensive links to industry through our research activities, past graduates and our work with professional bodies, and we will ensure you will have significant exposure to the exciting challenges that are encountered in industry worldwide.
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 (UKSPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees.
Studying abroad and industry placements
You will have the opportunity to take a year out to study abroad at one of many top international universities, including our campus in Malaysia. Many of our students undertake an industrial placement during the course, and we will support you in seeking and applying for placements that suit your career preferences. Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Career prospects and employability
In 2010 we reached the milestone of 50 years of producing highly employable graduates, many of whom have become leading figures in organisations worldwide. Today our approach to teaching and learning gives our chemical and environmental engineers unique skills that are sought by a range of industries, with consultancy, management and finance sectors valuing our graduates as well as global energy, pharmaceutical and engineering companies. Chemical and environmental engineers are in demand whatever the global economic outlook, and the starting salaries of our current graduates range from £25,000 to £35,000.
Application and interview
Offers are made on the basis of the subjects studied, predicted grades and personal statement.
Applicants who are made an offer will be given the opportunity to visit the Department. For University-wide open days, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays