Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

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Developed in consultation with industry, our BEng and MEng Chemical Engineering programmes will enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world challenges.

Combining exceptional facilities with teaching from research-active academics, this course will prepare you for a fulfilling career in the oil and gas industry.

Surrey is one of the few universities in the world offering you the chance to experience the complete chemical engineering process. Our new £1.7m chemical engineering facility includes a fully operational pilot process plant, allowing you to use the kind of state-of-the-art equipment you will find in industry.

What you will study

Designed to keep pace with real-world chemical engineering issues, the modules on our BEng and MEng Chemical Engineering courses combine traditional chemical engineering topics with multidisciplinary design, biochemical engineering and sustainability.

You will be taught by prize-winning academics and will develop a strong base of knowledge relevant across the chemical and petrochemical industries.

Students on our MEng course will take part in a multidisciplinary project which sees you collaborate with other engineers across the university – an invaluable way of broadening your knowledge.

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng programme with a masters year, and is a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies.

Key information

Start date: October 2019

BEng (Hons) UCAS: H802

3 years

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: H800

4 years with professional training

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MEng UCAS: H803

4 years

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MEng UCAS: H801

5 years with professional training

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Professional Training placements

A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.

The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Chemical Engineering placements

Our academic programmes are enhanced by strong industrial links, both in the UK and overseas. These links have enabled us to arrange professional placements within our Professional Training programme, which has been running successfully at Surrey for over 40 years.

Placements provide the opportunity for you to gain invaluable first­hand experience of how industry operates, and to apply your theoretical knowledge to real­life technical problems.

Undertaken by many of our students, the Professional Training placement, which provides an outstanding opportunity to gain practical experience, giving you a head start in your future career.

Companies that have participated in our scheme include:

  • ExxonMobil
  • EDF Energy
  • Air Products
  • Fluor Corporation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Thames Water
  • GoodYear Dunlop.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemical Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Chemical engineers work across a range of sectors in the UK and overseas, and are increasingly sought by speciality chemical industries that manufacture high value-added products.

Chemical engineers on average earn more than any other engineering discipline and graduates are consistently paid more than chemists and other scientists. The high salaries paid reflect the level of responsibility and importance which chemical engineering graduates quickly attain.

At Surrey, our graduate employment record is excellent. This demonstrates the strength of our programmes in preparing you for the world of work and the substantial benefits of undertaking our Professional Training year.

Our Personal and Professional Skills programme is undoubtedly another factor in the exceptional employment record of our graduates.

Demand for graduates with the specific skills and knowledge gained on our specialised programmes is expected to be high, especially within modern, high­growth sectors including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Cosmetics
  • Energy
  • Land remediation
  • Water and waste management
  • Oil
  • Chemicals.

We have worked closely with industrial organisations to design these programmes around their needs, ensuring that our graduates are highly attractive to employers when they graduate.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Chemical Engineer, Saudi Aramco
  • Associate Process Engineer, Fluor
  • Reporting Finance Graduate, AkzoNobel
  • Process Engineer, Procter and Gamble
  • Process and Workflow Analyst, BOC
  • Graduate Project Engineer, Morrison Utility Services
  • Graduate Process Engineer, United Utilities.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree. Currently, for students on the Chemical Engineering programmes, this is possible in your second year at one of the partner institutions:

  • USA (Texas, North Carolina, Cincinnati or Florida)
  • Australia (La Trobe, Monash, Swinburne in Melbourne or at the University of Queensland or Sydney)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying additional tuition fees to the partner. In doing so you will broaden your horizons meet other students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

Students have worked at Grace in Germany, Labo Derva in Brussels or in Malaysia.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language. 


We are one of the very few chemical engineering departments in the world able to offer you the chance to learn on a complete chemical process plant, and not just pilot­-scale individual operations such as distillation.

In Year 3, you undertake a realistic exercise in operating the process and taking responsibility for factors such as safety, profitability and environmental impact.

Other laboratory experiments are a centrifugal pump test, a heat exchanger and the mysterious tank investigation (thinking inside the box). You also receive 24-­hour access to our computer rooms.

Personal and professional skills

We recognise that in order for chemical engineers to perform to the highest level, they need a wide range of skills in addition to technical proficiency. We also recognise that experience is the principal driving force in development of these skills.

Chemical engineers often work in teams to solve problems, they adopt leadership roles and are required to be effective communicators. Our Personal and Professional Skills programme is designed to give you a head start in developing your skills in these areas.

Employers will see the personal development skills which our programmes provide as giving you ‘something extra’, in addition to your technical competence.


In addition to general University scholarships and bursaries, our extensive contacts in industry have resulted in prizes being awarded to undergraduates by Atkins, Halliburton KBR, Air Products, UOP, IChemE and the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:


Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering programme.

Foundation (with PTY)

Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering programme.

Year 4

Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7

Plan A - 90 credits of compulsory modules and 30 credits optional (choice of 2 from 4 modules)

Plan B - 2 compulsory and 2 optional in Semester 1; 1 compulsory and 2 optional in Semester 2.

ENGM001 - Compulsory, Plan A only
ENGM072 - Compulsory, Plan A only
ENGM072 - Optional, Plan B only
ENGM275 - Compulsory
ENGM290 - Compulsory
ENGM282 - Compulsory, Plan B only
ENGM078 - Optional
ENGM214 - Optional, Plan B only
ENGM215 - Optional
ENGM217 - Optional
ENGM218 - Optional
ENGM219 - Optional, Plan B only
ENGM255 - Optional, Plan B only
ENGM284 - Optional, Plan B only


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


Teaching involves conventional lectures combined with coursework, tutorials, case studies, projects, practical and discussion classes.

Methods of teaching and assessment in the early stages of the programmes aim to ensure your acquisition of techniques and relevant knowledge, including practice in finding information and deciding whether it is relevant.

The methods adopted in Years 3 and 4 (MEng) are influenced by the need to broaden and deepen the knowledge you have gained at the earlier levels, and to develop the higher order skills you will need as a professional engineer.

Our degrees in Chemical Engineering equip you with problem-­solving, analytical and other transferable skills to enable you to succeed in whatever career you pursue. You learn to assess business proposals which require capital investment but bring long-­term profits.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Programme leader

ALPAY Esat (Chm Proc Eng)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?



  • BEng (Hons):
    • ABB-BBB.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • MEng:
    • AAB-ABB.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:
    • CCC - (including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry).

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects

Mathematics and Chemistry.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


  • BEng (Hons):
    • DDD-DDM and A-level Mathematics grade B
  • MEng: 
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

International Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons):
    • 32
  • MEng: 
    • 34-32
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons):
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • MEng: 
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and Chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons):
    • 78%-75%.
  • MEng:
    • 82%-78%.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons):
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • MEng: 
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and Chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma


  • BEng (Hons): 
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng: 
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers


  • BEng (Hons): 
  • MEng:
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

Mathematics and Chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons): 
    • Pass overall with ABB-BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • MEng: 
    • Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

A-level Mathematics and Chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Foundation year

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2019

BEng (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,100

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,100

Professional training £1,850


UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,100

MEng (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,100

Professional training £1,850

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

Overseas students: please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10

Grand total: £10

There are associated costs with this MEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10

Grand total: £10

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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