Published: 26 May 2020

Five reasons to study chemical engineering at Surrey

What makes our chemical engineering degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here are five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your chemical engineering degree.

Chemical engineering students
Students working in Surrey's Fluor pilot plant.
 1. Industry-standard facilities

Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering is one of the only departments in the UK to enable students to experience the entire chemical engineering process. Our new £1.7m Fluor chemical engineering facility includes a fully operational process plant which replicates the equipment you’ll eventually use in industry.

Watch a tour of our Fluor pilot plant.

2. Flexibility with common first & second year

Whether you opt for our chemical engineering or chemical and petroleum engineering courses, you’ll study a similar programme in the first two years, which means you can swap to the other pathway, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the start of your third year.

3. Teaching inspired by research

You’ll learn about cutting edge topics in chemical and process engineering – such as thermodynamics, energy and industrial systems, and corporate sustainability – from academics who are leading the way in these fields, preparing you for the challenges of the petrochemical, healthcare, oil and pharmaceutical industries.

4. Fantastic work placement opportunities

You can take advantage of our renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables you to get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like:

  • ExxonMobil
  • EDF Energy
  • Fluor Corporation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Thames Water.

Read about student Imogen Slinn’s placement experience at EDF Energy.

5. Great employment prospects

Our degrees open up a huge range of career opportunities not only in the oil and chemical sectors but also in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, cosmetics, energy, land remediation, and water and waste management. Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Fluor
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Procter & Gamble
  • BOC
  • United Utilities.

Discover our courses in chemical and process engineering.

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