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Chemical and Environmental Engineering


Studying chemical and environmental engineering at The University of Nottingham provides you with a firm foundation for your future career. Our graduates predominantly secure professional employment in engineering and technical fields, their skills are also valued by employers in non-engineering sectors.

92% of graduates leaving chemical and environmental engineering courses in the 2015/16 academic year secured work or futher study within six months of graduating.

Continuing to a higher degree is a popular option and one which can add value in a difficult labour market. Our graduates are very successful in accessing taught and research opportunities, related to their chemical and environmental engineering studies and interests.


What skills will I develop during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, the degree equips you with key employability skills such as:

  • problem solving and analytical abilities
  • project management
  • creative and innovative thinking
  • communication skills
  • high degrees of numeracy and computer literacy
  • teamworking

The job market for chemical and environmental engineering graduates

The graduate labour market in 2015 saw growth in many employment sectors, including engineering, technology, pharmaceuticals and energy.

The overall numbers of chemical engineering graduates finding roles as engineering professionals remained strong in 2015, with the UK still in urgent need of academically strong technical graduates.

Despite this, the job market for graduates remained competitive which highlights the success of our chemical and environmental engineering graduates in sourcing professional, well-paid positions in major companies and organisations.

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Key employment sectors

Our chemical and environmental engineering graduates secure professional positions across a diverse range of employment sectors, but the key sectors of employment for our graduates are:

  • energy
  • utilities
  • food
  • engineering consultancy
  • information technology

A sample of roles undertaken by our 2015 graduates include:

  • production engineer
  • process engineering
  • environmental professional
  • design and development engineer
  • IT technician
A sample of employers who recruited our graduates:
  • BP
  • Arup
  • E.On
  • Worley Parsons
  • Nottingham Energy Partnerships
  • Vivergo Fuels
  • The Coal Authority
  • Zeeco

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