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Chemical and Environmental Engineering


Chemical engineering as a subject is valued by employers in many sectors and the University of Nottingham graduates do especially well in securing employment in engineering and technical fields as well as professional roles in non-engineering sectors.



What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your professional and technical skills, your chemical or environmental engineering degree will equip you with key employability skills such as:

  • problem solving
  • research and analysis
  • creative and innovative thinking
  • verbal and written professional communication including presentation skills
  • co-ordinating with others and teamwork
  • digital capabilities

A large proportion of our students go on to work as chemical or environmental engineers, many work towards chartership with the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) or Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) as they progress through their careers.

Some students choose to use the skills they have gained throughout their degree to move into graduate roles outside of engineering.


Becoming a chartered engineer

A degree in chemical or environmental engineering will allow you to apply for roles as a graduate chemical or environmental engineer.

The qualification will also provide you with the education base to work towards Incorporated Engineer (BEng) or Chartered Engineer (MEng) status through the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) or the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) which can be a good way of demonstrating and accrediting your professional competence as an engineer once you start in the workplace.


Where and who could I work for?

As a chemical or environmental engineer, there are a number of employment sectors you could consider.

  • Chemicals (Ineos, Croda, Dow)
  • Energy (organisations such as Uniper, Eon or Sellafield)
  • Engineering or environmental consultancy (KBR, RPS Group)
  • FMCG (Unilever, Mars, Proctor & Gamble)
  • Food and drink production (eg Mondelez, British Sugar)
  • Oil and gas (BP, Exxon, Total)
  • Pharmaceuticals (organisations such as GSK, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Smith & Nephew)
  • Recycling and waste management (Veolia, Suez Environment)
  • Water (Severn Trent, Thames Water)

Recent chemical and environmental engineering graduates have joined organisations such as:

  • Arup
  • British Oxygen Company
  • British Sugar
  • Exxon
  • Mobil
  • Genesis Oil and Gas
  • Ineos
  • Jacobs
  • Johnson Mathey
  • Mars
  • Mondelez
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Sellafield
  • Smith & Nephew

Other engineering roles

Other engineering roles such as process engineering, project engineering, renewable energy engineering can either be progressed into directly with chemical or environmental engineering degrees or following from a more specialised MSc.

Non-engineering careers for engineers:

Not all engineering graduates become engineers. Many of our graduates find alternative opportunities where they are able to use their transferable skills; problem solving and analysis, project management, high degree of numerical and computer literacy, team working and communication.  

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Examples of non-engineering roles our engineers, Nottingham graduates have entered:

  • Analysis roles – credit analyst, data analyst
  • Finance and accounting
  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Supply chain
  • Technical and business consulting
  • Technology and software development

Examples of the companies they work for:

  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • BT
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • Sky

What are my further study options?

Some students will progress onto further study at postgraduate level in both engineering and non-engineering related areas.  Examples of recent further study destinations of electrical and electronic engineering students include:

  • MSc Biochemical Engineering
  • MSc Renewable Energy Technology
  • MSc Biomedical Engineering
  • MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • PhD Chemical Engineering

Postgraduate study can be a way to develop a further specialism in a particular area of interest, either through carrying out research or undertaking specialist taught modules.  It can also be a way to gain skills and qualifications in areas outside engineering in order to progress into other professions. 

For students studying for a BEng qualification undertaking an accredited MSc will give you the level of qualification necessary to become a chartered engineer and to meet the entry requirements of some graduate engineering employers who ask for a masters level qualification. For students studying for an MEng degree, undertaking an MSc won’t give you a higher level qualification, but it can be a way of specialising in an area.

Find out more about further study - courses, making applications and funding


How can I develop my skills and gain experience?

Regardless of whether you are a first year or final year, developing skills outside your degree will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. We have a wide range of opportunities at the University for you to explore:

Faculty of Engineering placements

An industrial placement will enable you to gain industry experience, crucial for your career development.

Industrial placements

Nottingham Summer Engineering Research Programme (N-SERP)

(N-SERP) provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to sample the life of a researcher.

Students work in a supportive learning environment, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Over the summer they work on a current research project with access to a wide-range of labs and technical facilities normally only used by postgraduate researchers.


Work experience and volunteering

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates.

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

The Nottingham Consultancy Challenge offers the chance for you to gain hands-on experience of managing a short term project for a local business or charity as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop and reflect on your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

ChemEnv Society

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