Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

This chemical engineering degree focuses on sustainability. On completion, you’ll have the skills to help the world transition to a more sustainable future. Demand is high for chemical engineering graduates. You’ll have excellent job prospects in sectors such as food, energy, pharmaceuticals and biochemicals.

Chemical engineering is a multi-disciplinary branch of engineering, focused on using chemicals and materials to design sustainable processes and giving them practical applications in the real world. This course focuses particularly on employability, sustainability and design.

The skills you’ll gain include:

  • computational methods
  • reaction engineering
  • thermofluids

On this Chemical Engineering BEng degree you’ll be able to:

  • take part in a challenging group design project
  • complete an optional extra year on a paid industrial placement
  • learn real-world skills with our dedicated computer suite and simulation software
  • use our virtual control room to gain experience working in a chemical plant
  • select from a range of specialist modules

This is a new course. The course is currently undergoing the accreditation process for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Admission requirements


AAA including chemistry with a pass in the chemistry Practical and mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in chemistry and 6 at Higher Level in mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or 7 at Higher Level in mathematics: Applications and Interpretation


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grade A in A-level chemistry with a pass in chemistry Practical and grade A in A-level mathematics.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma or the BTEC Extended Diploma without additional A-levels.
  • Applicants with these qualifications should contact the Admissions Team.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Chemical Principles
  • Design and Computing
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
  • Mechanics, Structures and Materials
  • Principles of Chemical Engineering
  • ThermoFluids

Year 2

  • Unit Operations 1 -Particle Technology
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
  • Practical Operations and Chemical Analysis
  • Process Control and Safety
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Unit Operations 2 -Fluid Technology

Year 3

  • Advanced Reaction Engineering (Bio Reactors and Catalysis)
  • Chemical Engineering Group Design Project
  • Process Integration and Intensification
  • Unit Operations 3- Separation Processes

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Chemical Engineering for Sustainable Energy
  • Chemical Engineering for the Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Urban Water and Wastewater Engineering

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BEng (Hons))
  • Name of Award:
    • BEng Chemical Engineering
    • BEng Chemical Engineering
    • BEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Placement
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final: award Level 6

Career paths

Chemical engineers are in demand in many different sectors, including medicine, food and beverages, renewable fuels and resource and waste management. This course’s focus on practical experience and commercialisation will give you a head start in the jobs market.

As a chemical engineering graduate you’ll be qualified to take up roles as:

  • process engineer
  • energy consultant
  • thermo-fluid engineer
  • quality assurance specialist
  • environmental engineer
  • biochemical engineer
  • food processing expert
  • pharmaceutical engineer

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