Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements: ABB / 320 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MEng
UCAS code: H8XO
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
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.

82.5% of our 2014 graduates in Chemical Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating


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.

The MEng course comprises 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 programmes 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.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 320 UCAS points

A levels:

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

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering, to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, of which 15 must be Maths credits and 15 must be Chemistry credits.


Plus minimum of:

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C.


English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.


Module name Type
Year 1
Chemistry for Engineerscore
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Engineering Mathematicscore
Fluid Mechanicscore
Materials and Structural Mechanicscore
Stage 1 Project and Engineering Skillscore
Year 2
Chemical Engineering Practicecore
Computer Modelling Techniquescore
Engineering Statisticscore
Fluid Mechanics 2core
Further Engineering Analysiscore
Introductory Controlcore
Petroleum Product Engineeringcore
Process Designcore
Separation Process Engineeringcore
Structural and Solid Mechanicscore
Technology Operations Managementcore
Year 3
Advanced Controlcore
Chemical Engineering Practicecore
Design Project (Chemical Engineering)core
Design Project (Petroleum Engineering)core
Design Project (Pharmaceutical Engineering)core
Materials Failure Analysiscore
Petroleum Product Engineeringcore
Reaction Engineeringcore
Reliability Engineeringcore
Real-Time Computing and Instrumentationoption
Robotics Systemsoption
Six Sigma for Business Excellenceoption
Year 4
Advanced Research Projectcore
Desalination Technologycore
Food and Pharmaceutical Process Engineeringcore
Polymer Engineeringcore
Transport Process Modellingcore
Upstream Production and Refinery Operationcore
Finite Element Methodsoption
Risk Managementoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

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 2014 Chemical Engineering graduates was £20,638.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • International: £15,420 per year

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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