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Chemical Engineering

Entry 2018: BBC / 112 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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The MEng in Chemical Engineering 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. 

The MEng in Chemical Engineering is also available as a five-year programme, which includes a placement year in industry.

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 first three years of the MEng programme share the same curriculum as the BEng. The final fourth year provides additional focused study, and enables you to emerge with a Master's degree.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Year 3

  • 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 award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Final year

  • Advanced Research Project (20 credits) – core
    To enable students to develop their problem-solving skills by working on a medium size project in a research environment in the university. To allow the students to develop skill of writing a formal, academic dissertation and a conference paper.
  • Desalination Technology (20 credits) – core
    This module provides you with a detailed technological understanding of strategically important issue of sustainable production of freshwater via desalination.
  • Material & Manufacturing Processes (20 credits) – core
    To provide specialist knowledge of manufacturing methods used in the design and development of operations to process engineer materials with advanced properties, consistent attributes and with sound structural integrity.
  • Transport Phenomena (10 credits) – optional
    This module put emphasis on understanding basic physical principles governing transport processes in chemical engineering.
  • Design Optimisation (10 credits) – optional
    To establish an appreciation for the role of optimisation in modern engineering practice and to provide evidence for the premise that optimisation is one component of an integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (10 credits) – optional
    To understand fundamental principles of the advanced numerical simulations in hydrodynamics. There will be an emphasis on developing practical skills to build numerical models to simulate free surface flows in practical contexts.
  • Upstream Production and Refinery Operations (20 credits) – core
    You will be able to synthesise the right process configurations for any given well fluid and crude oil quality and also simulate/design the entire upstream petroleum and refining processes with the given product quality constraints as well as HSE (health, safety and environment) concerns.
  • Food & Pharmaceutical Processes Engineering (10 credits) – core
    This module introduces you to fundamental principles along with the design of equipment such as fluid-particles settlers and centrifuges, filtration and crystallisation units and other specialised food and pharmaceutical processing equipment.
  • Polymer Engineering (20 credits) – optional
    As part of the module you will perform a practical research project to reactively modify a polymer, produce test specimens from the new material and then characterise its properties.
  • Engineering Computational Methods (10 credits) – optional
    To critically review the application of the Finite Element (FE) method as a tool for engineering analysis
  • Risk Management (10 credits) – optional
    Acquire a deep understanding of the concepts and principles of risk management and its interaction with other management activities, and directly apply them in a range of product and service industries.

Students will be eligible for the award of MEng if they have successfully completed at least 480 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.

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 MEng Chemical Engineering graduates was £25,250.*

*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*
  • International: £17,800

* 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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