Chemical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

Demand is growing for chemical engineers that can design sustainable technologies and processes. On this three-year BEng degree you’ll gain sought-after skills in sustainable chemical engineering and work towards improving our environment. You can also choose to take an additional Industrial Placement Year as part of your degree. Ranked 4th in the UK by the 2024 Complete University Guide, you’ll work in fantastic facilities that include chemical engineering laboratories, a dedicated chemical engineering computer suite and a virtual control room, where you’ll learn to run a simulation of a real chemical plant, using the same simulations used by industry to train their staff. By studying across the Schools of Engineering and Chemistry you’ll be able to understand the chemistry behind a particular problem, and have the practical ability to engineer and design innovative and sustainable solutions. You’ll also have access to our 10,000m2 of Engineering facilities, and Chemistry laboratories which were refurbished in 2019. Design is embedded throughout the degree. In your third year you’ll take part in a challenging group design project, bringing together all of your theoretical knowledge and practical skills to create a design solution – whether that’s a simulation, a report to meet a brief or even building part of a chemical engineering plant. You’ll receive the training you need to enjoy a rewarding career when you graduate; chemical engineering is one of the most stable and lucrative employment sectors in the UK.


Year 1: Study the principles of chemical engineering, as well as modules in engineering and chemistry covering topics such as design, mechanics, and thermofluids. Year 2: Deepen your knowledge of chemical engineering by studying core topics including process control, reaction engineering, and heat and mass transfer. Year 3: Study advanced chemical engineering modules such as advanced reaction engineering and complete your group design project. Year 4: Complete your industrial placement year Year 5: Carry out an individual research project, learn about the commercialisation of chemistry and choose optional modules in areas such as bioenergy, and wastewater treatment. See more module detail on the course webpage here:

Assessment method

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem-solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, oral presentations and oral examinations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fees for courses starting in September 2025 will not be confirmed until August 2024. The fees shown are applicable to 2024 entry and are for illustrative purposes only. Please see our website for further details and updates:
Chemical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year at University of Southampton - UCAS