Department of
Chemical and Environmental Engineering

About the department


  • Second in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2019)
  • International University of the Year (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)


Why study chemical and environmental engineering at Nottingham?

The Department of Chemical and Environmental engineering has a world-class reputation for industrially relevant teaching and international quality research. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students are highly sought after by industry to tackle the issues faced by society today in areas such as energy supply, healthcare and environmental sustainability.

Students project work focuses on real problems faced by industry and our programme of site visits, case studies and guest teachers ensures that our courses are industrially relevant and our students are ready to tackle any situation they may face. 

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Teaching facilities are first class. They include well-equiped lecture rooms, extensive laboratories - both at bench and pilot-plant scale - and 24 hour access IT.

We like to use a mix of teaching techniques, lectures and problem-solving classes are supplemented by laboratory work and computer techniques. Often, field courses and visits to industrial sites are part of the teaching process. There's a lot of project work too, culminating in a variety of final-year projects.

Assessment and progression

Assessment of student performance is based on a combination of examinations, laboratory work and projects. An annual assessment helps us judge progression through each course.

Undergraduate courses are accredited by professional institutions to make sure quality stays high, and that courses remain relevant to the news of modern engineering.

Our graduates' abilities as 'all-rounders' mean they're really sought-after in whatever field they decide in. It's also why many progress into Senior Management in all kinds of industries.

Careers and industry

We like you to feel prepared for the challenges of industry and so, from your undergraduate studies, we use a programme of site visits, case studies and guest teachers from industry. We improve your professional competence by training you in the skills required by industry; project work focuses on solving real industrial problems in energy, environment, water and waste.

Chemical engineering and environmental engineering are highly paid and highly sought after career paths and our faculty careers and industrial placement teams were formed to ensure chemical and environmental engineering students feel supported when taking their first steps into industry. This team also helps develop the graduate network by reconnecting alumni with current students.

From year one we work with you to find industry sectors that suit your ambitions and interests. Twice a year we host a dedicated careers fair in which major global employers visit the department and during meetings with your personal tutor you will work on your employability skills such as training in CV writing and preparing for job interviews.




Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 14081