University undergraduates studying in the Monica Partridge building. Friday November 5th 2021.Megan Mahoney (blue top); Jane Israel (denim jacket); Sara Bintey Kabir (yellow top) and Khaqan Khan (red jumper).

Chemical Engineering MEng

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Chemical engineers have a crucial role in addressing challenges within our world. As the population grows, we need to create processes that convert raw materials into products in an efficient, safe and sustainable way.

You will focus on changing the chemical, biochemical and physical state of raw materials. Chemical engineers are vital to key industries such as food and drink and energy.

As well as chemical engineering, you will focus on process design. This will include process and plant design, starting from year one of your programme.

Throughout the duration of your degree, you will learn the fundamental skills needed to enter the engineering profession. You will also develop transferable skills:

  • Project management
  • Business management
  • Finance
  • Analytics
  • Teamwork

Modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Fundamentals of Engineering Design

Mandatory

Year 1

Fluid Mechanics

Mandatory

Year 1

Chemistry for Engineers

Mandatory

Year 1

Process Engineering Fundamentals

Mandatory

Year 1

Mathematical Methods for Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Mandatory

Year 1

Introductory Geology

Mandatory

Year 1

Engineering Thermodynamics

Mandatory

Year 2

Chemical and Phase Equilibria

Mandatory

Year 2

Interfacial Chemistry

Mandatory

Year 2

Analytical Measurement

Mandatory

Year 2

Separation and Particle Technology

Mandatory

Year 2

Advanced Mathematical Modelling for Process Engineers

Mandatory

Year 2

Process Engineering Project

Mandatory

Year 2

Materials and Sustainable Processes

Mandatory

Year 2

Process Design and Control

Mandatory

Year 3

Biochemical Engineering

Mandatory

Year 3

Industrial Process Analysis

Mandatory

Year 3

Reactor Design

Mandatory

Year 3

Design Project

Mandatory

Year 3

Process Engineering Laboratory

Mandatory

Year 3

Process Simulation 1

Mandatory

Year 3

Multicomponent Separations

Mandatory

Year 3

Advanced Transport Phenomena

Mandatory

Year 4

MEng Project

Optional

Year 4

Power Generation and Carbon Capture (autumn)

Optional

Year 4

Food Processing (autumn)

Optional

Year 4

Renewable Energy from Wastes (autumn)

Optional

Year 4

Polymer Engineering

Optional

Year 4

Process Risk Benefit and Analysis

Optional

Year 4

Energy Storage (spring)

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Rheology and Materials

Optional

Year 4

Process Synthesis and Design (autumn)

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Reaction Engineering

Optional

Year 4

Multiphase Systems

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Computational Methods

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Friday 3 February 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Group study
  • Independent study
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Group coursework
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Practical assessment

On average, you will have around 20 contact hours a week in year one and two. Combined with coursework and self-study, you may spend over 40 hours a week on your studies.

During this course you will develop your knowledge of science and engineering, together with a wide range of transferable skills including IT, communication, analysis, problem solving, teamworking and management.

Our graduates are well-regarded and find career opportunities in a range of industries, including:

  • energy
  • chemical manufacturing
  • pharmaceutical
  • food and drink
  • oil and gas
  • government agencies worldwide

Average starting salary and career progression

89.5% of undergraduates from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £31,426.

** HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

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