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Chemical Engineering (with placement year)

BEng (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BEng (Hons)
UCAS code: H810
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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The BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering (with placement year) is shaped by the ongoing needs of industry, while focusing on the traditional disciplines of oil, gas and petrochemical production.

You’ll get the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to operate in a range of industry sectors, learning in a research-informed, multidisciplinary environment. 

Your studies will give you a deep understanding of fundamental and advanced technical principles such as:

  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • mass and heat transfer
  • chemical reactions
  • process control
  • safety, health and environment

You’ll also gain practical experience with analytical tools, and the competencies required to apply this knowledge in industry.

The placement year in industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.

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 leading pharmaceutical, oil, gas, petrochemical and advanced material engineering companies.

Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our MEng programme is possible at the end of either your first or second year. The MEng programme involves an additional academic year of more in-depth study.

Chemical Engineering received 94% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the IChemE.

The accreditation will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.


"I’ve loved my time at Bradford. We’re pushed to achieve but are supported all the way. I can approach any professor in the department and ask for help and advice, and I know that this is not always the case in larger universities."

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (with placement)

Why Bradford?

We offer a number of modules that are unique to Bradford at this level, such as:

  • Desalination Technology (water treatment)
  • Petroleum Product Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Upstream Production & Refinery Operations
  • Food & Pharmaceutical Processes Engineering

These specialist modules enhance the employability of our graduates, enabling you to stand out in a competitive sector. You’ll learn in a relatively small cohort of students, meaning it is easy to get personal guidance and support.

Small lab groups ensure you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience and academic / technician guidance, helping you relate theory to practice. Teaching is delivered in a multidisciplinary environment; you will study a number of modules with students from other disciplines (mechanical, civil and biomedical engineering) to build the broad foundation of knowledge and interdisciplinary working capacity that is essential in all chemical engineering roles, and highly prized by employers. We have well-established links to leading pharmaceutical, oil, gas, petrochemical and advanced material engineering companies including:

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

You will actively engage with our industry partners - 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 get involved in ongoing research projects.

Our academic team are engaged in active research projects with these industry partners – this is fed into the modules they deliver, ensuring you’ll be learning the very latest theory and practice being pioneered in the sector.

Learning takes place in outstanding facilities. You will have access to a wide range of laboratory and computing facilities, and use industry standard software for teaching all aspects of process simulation and computer aided design (e.g. Aspen Plus, Aspen Hysis, gPROMS, MATLAB, Hydraflash).

You will use our new £1.5m multidisciplinary Engineering lab, and a dedicated chemical engineering laboratory.

You will also have access to our world class polymer processing and material characterisation laboratories for research projects.

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


Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

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:

112 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).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Engineering with Foundation Year course or Engineering with International Foundation Year.

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The programme is intended to help graduates to develop the engineering, design, management and personal skills required to become professional Chemical Engineers and in doing so, also equip them for careers in other professions.

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics (20 credits)
    To develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills in fundamental topics of mathematics so that students can later build on these to describe, model, analyse and evaluate engineering problems using a range of mathematical techniques and appropriate software for calculations.
  • Computer Aided Engineering (20 credits)
    To provide an appreciation of computer aided design, analysis and simulation methods over a range of engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Medical) and to provide experience of the use of industry standard CAE tools through design, modelling, simulation, analysis of structures, processes, systems or components.
  • Materials Technology & Structural Mechanics (20 credits)
    Provides an introduction to engineering materials and their properties, with particular reference to their manufacturing technology, selection and different industrial applications.
  • Skills for Engineering (20 credits)
    The module is designed to provide a project based hands on team based module with integrates the learning from other modules during the first year.
  • Chemistry for Engineers (20 credits)
    To introduce models describing bond formation between atoms and relate these to the physical chemical properties of simple molecules.
  • Fluid Mechanics 1 (10 credits)
    To understand the basic concepts that describes the mechanical behaviour of fluids.
  • Thermodynamics (10 credits)
    Thermodynamics is the study of energy, work and heat. In this module you will learn about the fundamental concepts of energy and how it relates to work, power and efficiency.

At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Year 2

  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits)
    To establish an appreciation and working knowledge of the premise that analytical (deterministic) and statistical tools are components of a larger integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics (20 credits)
    This module applies the concepts of heat transfer and thermodynamics to real-world engineering processes such as the unit operations of chemical plants.
  • Mass Transfer Operations (20 credits)
    This module examines the operation and design of separation processes, including distillation, gas absorption, solvent extraction and crystallisation.
  • Reaction Engineering (20 credits)
    To deliver a comprehensive understanding of the methodology of linking chemical kinetics with material and energy conservation.
  • Financial and Project Management (20 credits)
    Enable students to acquire a sound understanding of the financial and accounting principles, and apply these principles for decision making and control purposes in a commercial business environment.
  • Fluid and Particle Mechanics (10 credits)
    This module is an introduction to fluid flow and particle mechanics with an emphasis on the fundamentals.
  • Chemical Thermodynamics (10 credits)
    This module will equip you with understanding the application of thermodynamics in chemical reactions and physical changes of state of single and multi-compound systems.

At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Final year

  • Design Project (Chemical Engineering) (30 credits)
    You will apply elements of all core chemical engineering modules such as mass transfer, heat transfer, reaction engineering, control, process design, petroleum product engineering, thermodynamics, fluid-particles mechanics, safety health & environment, mathematics, etc. to carry out a substantial Chemical Engineering process design.
  • Six Sigma for Business Excellence (10 credits)
    The students will be able to acquire a deep understanding of the theories and practices of six sigma and associated quality assurance and management principles, and directly apply them to a variety of product and service industries.
  • Petroleum Engineering (20 credits)
    This module aims to give an understanding of the principles and basic practice of surface and sub-surface operations of oil/gas.
  • Control Engineering (20 credits)
    This module provides a solid theoretical foundation for understanding feedback control system analysis and design in both the time and frequency domains.
  • Process Design (20 credits)
    This module introduces you to the principles of Process Design, starting from knowledge of the chemistry involved and taking into account chemical, technical, environmental, safety and economic restraints.
  • Reliability and Safety Engineering (20 credits)
    The students will be able to develop a detailed knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of reliability and safety engineering and apply these principles in the design, operation and maintenance of complex systems.

Students will be eligible for the exit award of Ordinary Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 300 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied – a mixture of:

  • formal lectures
  • practical lab sessions
  • tutorials and seminars
  • group work
  • computer based learning
  • coursework
  • poster and oral presentations

Independent study is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the course provide all the support you may need. Assessments will include formal exams, class tests, lab reports, coursework, research reports, computer based assessment, quizzes, poster and oral presentations. Practical skills are assessed via individual and group technical reports with the laboratory work linked with the taught modules.


This 4-year BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional chemical engineer.

During the second year we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

Our students have undertaken placements with organisations such as:

  • EDF Energy
  • Novartis
  • Thames Water
  • AMEC
  • BASF
  • Sellafield
  • Tracerco

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with two semesters at an international partner institution.

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

88% of our 2016 graduates in Chemical Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

The chemical and allied industry is expected to grow more rapidly than the average for the whole of manufacturing industry. This, when coupled with the increasing appreciation of the value of chemical engineering in many areas such as the foodstuffs and pharmaceutical industry, metals extraction, medical science, and environmental protection, means your prospects as a graduate are bright. Recent graduates have gained employment at organisations including:

  • Unilever
  • Lorien Engineering Solutions
  • Pladis Global
  • IMI Precision Engineering
  • British Sugar
  • KPMG

Starting salaries of graduates in chemical and process engineering are relatively high, and later career chemical engineers are amongst the best paid of the engineering specialisms.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 BEng Chemical Engineering graduates was £22,250.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

A Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) will be assigned to you to support you throughout your studies. You will have weekly meeting with your PAT, who will be an independent source of advice and guidance on making the transition to Higher Education and assisting you with any questions or problems you may encounter. The same tutor and tutees are paired in the second year. In their final year of study the project supervisor takes over the personal tutor role. Weekly drop-in mathematics tutorials are available for Stage 1 students to help students with tutorial and coursework questions and to clear up difficulties that students have with mathematical topics taught in class. In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) allows you to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7. The University central services are rich with support teams to assist you with every aspect of your journey through our degree courses. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers you need.


The research informed curriculum at Bradford not only gives you the opportunity to be taught by experts but also to carry out research projects in some of the most advanced laboratories in the world - the Research & Knowledge Transfer Centres in:

  •  Advanced Materials Engineering 
  • Polymer Micro and Nano Technology
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering Science
  • Sustainable Environments

You will be taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their engineering discipline. This enables us to explore with you how theoretical principles are being applied to solve real world challenges.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £17,800
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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