Chemical Engineering

Entry 2017: AAB / 136 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MEng
UCAS code: H8X0
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Chemical Engineering is concerned with large-scale chemical and biochemical processes in which materials undergo change.

The fundamental concepts, principles and theories underpinning Chemical Engineering will be taught, with core knowledge in mathematics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics; mass and heat transfer, chemical reactions; materials; process control; safety, health and environment.

As a qualified Chemical Engineer you will understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, to create everything from healthcare products to food and water to energy.

Chemical Engineering at Bradford has extensive links to industry. Our Lecturers are actively working on research projects with industry, with recent research projects linked to pharmaceutical, oil, gas, petrochemical and advanced material engineering companies including:

  • Proctor & Gamble
  • AstraZeneca
  • Floreon Bioplastics
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Delstar International
  • Thomas Swan and Haydale
  • Nylacast
  • Ultrasion

Our ongoing research activities with companies enhances teaching on all Chemical Engineering programmes, by working closely with industry we are able to teach courses that are informed by industry.

As a Chemical Engineering student you will actively engage with our industry links as part of your studies at Bradford - during each module of study you will have a guest lecturer from an industry expert and during the latter years of your degree there are opportunities for you to engage in ongoing research projects.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the IChemE.

Why Bradford?

The distinctive feature of the course is that as well as teaching traditional chemical engineering, there is also a focus on advanced materials engineering based on our excellent research.

This course includes an extra fourth academic year of more advanced and in-depth study, and enables the fastest route to Chartered Engineer status.

The School of Engineering has recently invested £1.5m into a multidisciplinary Engineering lab. The lab is a flexible and open space to engage students’ learning in bringing theory to practice.

Both the BEng and MEng courses can be taken with an additional placement year spent in industry.

After completing a year in industry students return to continue their course, and we often find that students return with a drive to complete their studies, and many with a full-time job opportunity awaiting for when they graduate.

Chemical Engineering at Bradford was given 92% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.


Entry requirements

Typical offer: AAB / 136 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include A-level Maths and Chemistry minimum grade C.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Not accepted.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

138 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths and 12 credits in Chemistry at minimum Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Chemistry for Engineerscore
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Engineering Mathematicscore
Fluid Mechanics 1core
Materials & Structural Mechanicscore
Skills for Engineeringcore
Thermodynamics 1core
Year 2
Chemical Thermodynamicscore
Financial & Project Managementcore
Fluid & Particle Mechanicscore
Further Engineering Mathematics and Statisticscore
Heat Transfer & Thermodynamicscore
Mass Transfer Operationscore
Reaction Engineeringcore
Year 3
Control Engineeringcore
Design Project (Chemical Engineering)core
Petroleum Engineeringcore
Process Designcore
Reliability & Safety Engineeringcore
Six Sigma for Business Excellencecore
Year 4
Advanced Research Projectcore
Desalination Technologycore
Food & Pharmaceutical Processes Engineeringcore
Material & Manufacturing Processescore
Upstream Production & Refinery Operationscore
Computational Fluid Dynamicsoption
Design Optimisationoption
Engineering Computational Methodsoption
Polymer Engineeringoption
Risk Management option
Transport Phenomenaoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

92.5% of our 2015 graduates in Chemical Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Most Chemical Engineers get employment in industries where large-scale conversion of raw materials is involved and also in the process industries, for example, gas, nuclear, paper, textiles, food, pharmaceutical, oil, recycling industries.

Many of our past graduates have found employment in major companies such as BP, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer and BASF.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Chemical Engineering graduates was £21,533.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £16,970

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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