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 codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

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76%
Student satisfaction
55%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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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
International £19800 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2021 entry. 2022 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for 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. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
Chemical Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS