Swansea University

Chemical Engineering Swansea University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Chemical engineers design, operate and optimise chemical and physical processes that turn raw materials into valuable products for human use. They also use their skills to dispose of the by-products generated by these processes in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.
You will be trained you to meet the needs of modern process engineering and gain the ability to use analytical skills and tools to formulate and solve problems relevant to the application of engineering to industry. The course will also provide a foundation for you to aim for the prized Chartered Engineer status.
The course involves industrial visits to various companies such as Valero, Avalon (AstraZeneca), Aberthaw Power Plant, First Milk, Tata Steel and Vale INCO Ltd. Modules build on established Chemical Engineering areas with application to energy, health, food, water and the environment.
As you progress, your developing analytical abilities will combine with hands-on experience of state-of-the-art equipment, establishing skills which are vital to securing employment in the wider aerospace industry.

Why Swansea?

  • Chemical Engineering is ranked 7th in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

  • We are 4th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (The Complete University Guide 2020)

  • 94% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE 16/17 Graduates)

  • Average salary is £22,000 for a Swansea University Aerospace Engineering graduate

Chemical Engineering Facilities include:

  • Atomic Force Microscopy

  • Fermentation Rigs

  • Particle Characterisation

  • Surface Plasmon Resonance

  • Hydrodynamic Shear Adhesion Assays

  • Membrane Separation Rigs and Rheometers

This Chemical Engineering course at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
There is a close and extensive involvement with local, national and international engineering companies at Swansea University.

Did you know all of our courses are available with a Year in Industry or Year Abroad?
These placement years increase our students confidence and communication skills as well as help them to gain valuable experiences that will ultimately enhance their employability. To find out more go to www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/undergraduate

We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for 2020 for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.

Course details


Year 1
Areas studied typically include:

  • Chemical Engineering Science
  • Chemical Process Principles
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry

Year 2
Areas studied typically include:

  • Biochemical Engineering Principles
  • Fluid Flow
  • Instrumentation Measurement and Control
  • Process and Pilot Plant Operations
  • Process Design and Simulation
  • Process Modelling
  • Reactor Design
  • Separation Processes
  • Thermodynamics of Process Design

Year 3
Areas studied typically include:

  • Applied Process Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Design Project
  • Energy and Low Carbon Technologies
  • Environmental Engineering Practice
  • Particulate Systems
  • Reactor Design
  • Safety and loss Prevention

Year 4 (MEng)
Areas studied typically include:

  • Chemical and Environmental Design
  • Colloid and Interface Science
  • Complex Fluids and Rheology
  • Industrial Engineering and Research Practice

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.

Course code H801
Institution code S93
Campus name Bay Campus
Campus code B

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If you are an International Student, please visit our International pages for more information about entry requirements:- http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level ABB - AAB Including Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*D* To include B at A Level Mathematics. Must be in relevant subject. If student is not taking A Level Mathematics, they must achieve a minimum D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules of the BTEC. Students are also required to have minimum two A grades at GCSE, to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.
Access to HE Diploma Considered on an individual basis.
Extended Project We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success.

If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one
grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points To include 5 at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level Mathematics or, if following the new Maths Curriculum, 5 at HL (or 6 at SL) “Mathematics: analysis and approaches”, or 5 at HL (or 7 at SL) “Mathematics: applications and interpretation”.

Plus 4 at Higher Level or 5 at Standard Level English Language.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted in lieu of one non-subject specific grade at A Level.

GCSEs: Mathematics C, English Language C.

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