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Course overview

As our populations grow, we need to produce new things smarter, safer and cleaner whilst protecting our natural resources. Through your commitment to a more sustainable future, you will work towards managing and reducing waste to minimise pollution. As an environmental engineer, you will be passionate about protecting, restoring and preserving the planet.

Environmental engineers design processes and products that minimise impacts on air, land and water, whilst making the most of finite natural resources. Environmental engineers work within the following areas:

  • Disposal of waste
  • Environmental compliance – reducing the impact of spills and emissions
  • Flooding and drainage
  • Infrastructure and development
  • Management of pollutants
  • Recovery of damaged land (damaged through; mining, farming or landfill)
  • Water supply and sanitation

Why choose this course?

3rd

in The Guardian University Guide 2022 for Chemical and Environmental Engineering

The Guardian University Guide 2022

Expert Teaching

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Year in industry

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Top 15

in the Complete University Guide for Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Complete University Guide, 2022


Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAA
Required subjects

Maths and either chemistry or physics (including a pass in the practical element). 

General studies, critical thinking and citizenship studies are not accepted.

GCSE English grade 4 (C) is required.

IB score 36 including Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches - 6 at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation – 6 at Higher Level only plus 6 at Higher Level in one of Chemistry or Physics

Foundation progression options

You may access this course via an integrated honours foundation course with A level grades of BBB.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

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

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

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

Contact time and study hours

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.

Study abroad

There are study abroad options for this course.

Year in industry

There is the opportunity to spend a year in industry and we have a team of careers experts to support you in finding the right placement. During the placement you are classed as an employee of the host company and will receive a salary.

Placements are usually undertaken in the UK, but can be anywhere in the world.

Find out where our students have been on placement in the past.

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Modules

We have a common first year across the department that introduces the principle engineering sciences together with the fundamental aspects of process engineering design.

At the end of year one you can elect to transfer to any of the courses offered by the department.

Fundamentals of Engineering Design
This module introduces the deliverables, constraints and conventions of the design process. It will enable you to understand the fundamental basis of design, and the design tools most commonly used by engineers in the industry. Each week you will have two three-hour workshops and one one-hour computing session.
Fluid Dynamics
This course aims to extend previous knowledge of fluid flow by introducing the concept of viscosity and studying the fundamental governing equations for the motion of liquids and gases. Methods for solution of these equations are introduced, including exact solutions and approximate solutions valid for thin layers. A further aim is to apply the theory to model fluid dynamical problems of physical relevance.
Chemistry for Engineers

Content for this module will be confirmed later in 2020 - please keep checking back on this page.

Process Engineering Fundamentals

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the fundamental material and energy balances that underpin process engineering. You'll study material balances incuding:

  • once-through and recycle systems
  • flowsheets for continuous processes
  • batch processes
  • steady and unsteady state operation
  • reacting and non-reacting systems
  • energy balances
  • combustion calculations
  • heat balances in chemical and physical systems
  • enthalpy/composition diagrams

You'll spend three hours in lectures and have regular practical workshops for this module.

Introductory Geology

This module provides a basic understanding of geology and includes topics such as:

  • introduction to the main rock types and minerals
  • rock forming processes
  • the composition of the Earth
  • geological structures
  • natural hazards including volcanism and earthquakes
  • geological map interpretation
Engineering Thermodynamics
This module will present the basics of thermodynamics with particular emphasis on applications to process plant. By the end of the module you should be able to analyse most of the common energy-based operations found on process plant.
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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Thursday 30 September 2021.

During this year you will become familiar with key process engineering concepts including process control, plant design, separation and particle technologies, material properties and sustainable processing.

BEng students wishing to take a year in industry, usually do so between their second and third year.

Hydrology and Hydrogeology

This module is designed for students with an interest in water resources, and provides an understanding of the movement and storage, pollution and pollution control, and the water-resource provision from both surface and sub-surface waters. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week.

Analytical Measurement
This module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical introduction to the principles of analytical measurement. Particular emphasis of the module is on quality control, quality assurance and accreditation. Teaching is delivered through a blend of lectures, practical workshops and computing sessions.
Environmental Assessment

Content for this module will be confirmed later in 2020 - please keep checking back on this page.

Separation and Particle Technology

Content for this module will be confirmed later in 2020 - please keep checking back on this page.

Advanced Mathematical Modlelling for Process Engineers

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Materials and Sustainable Processes

Content for this module will be confirmed later in 2020 - please keep checking back on this page.

Process Design and Control

Content for this module will be confirmed later in 2020 - please keep checking back on this page.

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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Laboratory exercises are open-ended, using large-scale and industrial equipment. Project management, business and finance are covered and you'll undertake specialised modules focusing on the management of air and water pollution.

Water Treatment

This module will introduce you to a range of knowledge and skills applicable to water and wastewater treatment. You'll gain an understanding in water availability, sources of pollution and the legislative framework for water quality from an EU perspective.

Municipal water and wastewater treatment processes will be covered, focusing on key unit processes including sedimentation, filtration and disinfection. You’ll spend three hours per week studying for this module. Teaching is also complemented by site visits.

Reactor Design

This section is made up of eight topics, which are detailed below.  Each topic covers a fundamental principle in reactor design, also how students can combine those principles to derive/optimise the reactor design equations. The textbook Fogler, H. Scott "Elements of chemical reaction engineering", 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2005 is closely followed. The main topics are:

  • mole balances
  • conversion and reactor sizing
  • rate laws and stoichiometry
  • collection and analysis of rate data
  • isothermal reactor design
  • multiple reactions
  • steady-state non-isothermal reactor design
  • catalysis and catalytic reactors
Design Project
This is a group design project involving the preparation of heat and mass balances and flow sheets for a particular process scheme and the detailed design of certain important plant items. A study of the control, operational, safety, environmental and economic aspects will be included. You'll spend one hour in a tutorial and make use of self-study sessions each week studying for this module.
Process Engineering Laboratory

In this module you'll be given a laboratory-based problem and you'll need to plan experiments to collect the data required to solve the problem. You'll work in groups but write individual reports covering process assessment, experimental procedure and the description and discussion of the experimental results.

By solving a laboratory-based problem, you should gain the confidence in making decisions in a technical/scientific environment and adopt a rational, efficient approach to problem solving. You'll also become more familiar with the operation of commonly-encountered chemical engineering equipment and improve your skills in collecting, analysing and interpreting experimental data.

Multicomponent Separations

In this module you’ll look in detail at the process of mass transfer in multi-component separation equipment and multicomponent separation processes. You’ll learn principles of design for distillation and absorption columns and use computer applications. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in workshops per week studying for this module.

Advanced Transport Phenomena

This module aims to provide an in depth knowledge of heat, mass and momentum transport that is necessary in assessing, analysing and developing chemical, biochemical and environmental processes.

Furthermore, this module fills the gap between first year transport phenomena and the fourth year CFD module while introducing the multi-physics aspect of the discipline. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and three hours in practicals each week studying for this module.

Hazardous Waste Management

The objective of this module is to provide the scientific and engineering principles of hazardous waste management. The contents include basic concepts and terminology, the properties and behaviour of hazardous waste, current management practices, design of processes and technology systems for treatment and disposal, and risk assessment and remediation technologies.

The taught programme is supported by a supplementary site visit to a hazardous waste landfill and treatment facility. You will spend three hours in lectures per week.

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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2021*
Keep checking back for more information
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2022/23 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses:

  • Books - You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries. If you wish to purchase your own copies, please budget around £40-90 per book.
  • Printing – Black and white printing costs 4p per side.
  • Trips – The department covers the travel cost of compulsory field trips.
  • PPE – The department shall provide; boots, lab coat and hardhat. If you lose these, you are responsible for the cost of replacing them. A standard PPE set (coat, boots, specs and hardhat) costs in the region of £45.
  • Year in Industry - If you do a work placement, any costs associated with travel or accommodation will need to be factored in.
  • Year abroad - If you study abroad, you will need to consider the travel and living costs for the country you choose. This could include visa costs and medical insurance.
  • Laptops – Although there are PCs available for your use in our computer labs, you may wish to purchase your own laptop, read more about our recommended specification.
  • Calculator - While the calculator you used for your former study is usually sufficient some students will choose to purchase a new calculator which will cost around £10.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

There may also be costs issued by the university for replacement student ID cards, additional transcripts or certification letters, reassessments and library fines.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help:

Careers

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
  • 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).

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

This course is accredited by the IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers)

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

This course is accredited by the IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining).

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Important information

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.