Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Chemical Engineering

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Course summary

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Our BEng Chemical Engineering course is offered as either a three or four year course with integrated placement year. It is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this, you share a common first year with chemists and in later years go on to specialise at a more advanced level in the core engineering topics. Chemical engineers are very much at the forefront of working to improve the quality of our lives. Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities. As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants. The products we use everyday require the skill of a chemical engineer. You will be trained to ensure the safe and profitable production of the chemicals and materials required to create products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems. Additionally, you will study the important topics of business, management and sustainability, all the while developing and applying problem-solving skills. Your computer modelling skills will also be developed with a strong emphasis on process simulation. In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy. Our graduates have a strong record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor to the global chemical industry. Key course benefits:

  • Ranked 4th in the UK for being Intellectually Stimulating in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Ranked Top 20 for Chemical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2017)
  • 100% of Chemistry students were satisfied with the Teaching on their course in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • 95% of students agreed that this course is intellectually stimulating in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.

Course details

Modules

Years 1 and 2 Chemical Engineering Operations; Design of Chemical Processes and Equipment; Management; Mathematics; Fluid Flow; Heat Transfer; Thermodynamics; Process Instrumentation; Chemistry; Chemical Kinetics; Process Simulation; Process Control and Safety; Reaction Engineering; Materials. Placement year The 4 year sandwich course incorporates spending the third year in a paid professional placement gaining valuable and practical experience. Final year Advanced Chemical Engineering Operations; Advanced Transfer Processes; Pollution Prevention and Control; Design Problem; Process Economics; Management; Process Control; Reaction Engineering and a Sustainability Project. A full list of modules is available on the website.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBB - CCC BBB: including grade B in Chemistry and Maths - Standard offer BBC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B CCC: Contextual offer (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM plus 2 A-level Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B. For other BTEC combinations please check the Aston website.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry and 15 credits in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points achieving 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including Mathematics and Chemistry grade 5.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language Grade C/4 and Mathematics C/4.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £19400 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Chemical Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS