Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements 2015: 320 UCAS points
Entry requirements 2016: ABB / 320 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: H8XO
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics


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.

100% of our 2013 graduates in Chemical Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating


All Chemical Engineering degrees are expected to receive the IChemE accreditation in June 2015.

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.

Both programmes can be taken with an additional placement year spent in industry.

Entry requirements for 2015

Typical offer: 320 UCAS points

A levels:

To include Maths and Chemistry at minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. BTEC qualifications should be in a relevant subject to the degree course and must include the Further Maths unit at Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

Entry requirements for 2016

Typical offer: ABB / 320 UCAS points

A levels:

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

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM in Chemical Processing or Process Engineering, to include the Further Maths unit at Distinction.

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.


This is the current module information. Modules may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures.


  • Advanced Control
  • Advanced Research Project
  • Cell and Microbiology for Engineers
  • Chemical Engineering Practice 1 & 2
  • Computer Modelling Techniques
  • Desalination Technology
  • Design Project
  • Design Project (either Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or Pharmaceutical Engineering)
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Essentials of Chemical Structure, Bonding and Reactivity
  • Fluid Mechanics 1 & 2
  • Food and Pharmaceutical Process Engineering
  • Further Engineering Analysis
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Introduction to CAD and Flow Sheeting
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • Introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Introductory Control
  • Laboratory Skills and Professional Practice 2
  • Materials Failure Analysis
  • Materials Technology
  • Petroleum Product Engineering 1 & 2
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Process Design
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Separation Processes Engineering
  • Structural and Solid Mechanics
  • Technology Operations Management
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport Process Modelling
  • Upstream Production and Refinery Operations


  • Biomaterials
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Real-Time Computing and Instrumentation
  • Risk Management
  • Robotics Systems
  • Six Sigma for Business Excellence

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, BASF, etc.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2013 Chemical Engineering graduates was £30,500.

How do I find out more?

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.