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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Become a professional chemical engineer from day one.
  • Learn by completing applied and industry-led projects from the very start.
  • Explore mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, process safety and reaction engineering.
  • Engage in sustainability-related projects such as hydrogen and carbon capture.
  • Gain hands-on practical and lab skills to support your technical understanding.
On this course you’ll build your knowledge of key chemical engineering topics through practical and project-based learning – with an emphasis on solving industrial challenges. You’ll gain the skills and experience to design safe, sustainable and economically viable industrial plants and processes, becoming a chemical engineer with essential skills in our society. This course runs parallel to the BEng (Honours) Chemical Engineering. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. This course is designed for you to gain experience as a professional engineer by developing technical and professional skills from the start. You’ll have opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge at every level, through real-world project-based learning set and supported by industrial partners. Could this be changed to - Previous projects have been supported by British Oxygen Company (BOC), ITM Power, OGC Energy and E.ON. Through practical laboratory sessions, you’ll learn how fundamental concepts work in practice. As part of projects you complete on the course, you’ll visit chemical and process plants to help you understand how chemical engineers design plants, plus the wider implications and impact on society. Course topics Core modules on this course cover key chemical engineering topics, such as mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, process safety and reaction engineering. You’ll be presented with chemical engineering concepts for you to critically evaluate and take ownership of your learning. Projects defined in-partnership with research colleagues in The Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) and National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) will allow you to understand the wide range of projects and job roles available to chemical engineers. Assessments will be varied with an emphasis on developing communication skills required by professional engineers. You’ll produce portfolios and project reports, deliver engaging presentations and test your understanding in exams. Applied learning Work placement You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. In previous years students have undertaken placements at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, RAF Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Envirogen, Network Rail and British Glass. Live projects At every level of the course, you’ll work on applied projects set by industrial partners and research centres. We have developed strong links with UK and multinational companies, from corrosion consultants to biomass power stations. You’ll be able to develop a range of sustainable solutions – including carbon capture & storage systems, designing green hydrogen plants and making water treatment plants more energy efficient. Our academics work across different research centres including MERI and NCEFE. Students have previously gained experience working on research projects on biofuel – such as analysing the properties of waste coffee grounds from our cafes and how they can be used as a solid fuel.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page. You can take an optional placement in year 4. Year 1 Compulsory modules Chemical Engineering Fundamentals Chemical Engineering Mathematics Chemistry, Materials And Employability For Chemical Engineers Practical Chemical Engineering Year 2 Compulsory modules Chemical Engineering Principles Chemical Reaction Engineering & Thermodynamics Process Modelling And Control Sustainable Chemical Engineering Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Year 4 Compulsory modules Individual Design Project Particle Processing And Applications Reactor Design Sustainable Design Project Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Chemical Engineering Principles Advanced Process Design & Safety Chemical Engineering Research Project Computational Fluid Dynamics For Sustainable Chemical Engineering

Assessment method

Coursework | Exam | Practical

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We will consider applicants who have studied other areas individually.

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Additional entry requirements


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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Chemical Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS