Published: 30 October 2018

Five reasons to study chemical engineering at Surrey

Programme Leader Professor Esat Alpay reveals what makes our chemical engineering degrees different and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

Chemical engineering students


  1. Leading university for chemical engineering
    We’re one of the best places to study chemical engineering in the UK. Our courses are ranked 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.
  2. 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 chemical engineering facility includes a fully operational process plant which replicates the equipment you’ll eventually use in industry.

    This impressive facility is also the place where future chemical weapons inspectors train as part of a summer programme run by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

  3. Flexibility with common first year
    Choosing the right degree pathway can be difficult, and things sometimes become clearer once you start studying. 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.

    Similarly, it’s possible to move from a BEng to an MEng degree provided you achieve satisfactory results in your second year. Whatever your ambitions, there’s plenty of flexibility.

  4. Professional Training opportunities
    Many students take advantage of Surrey’s 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 or Thames Water. On placement, you’ll get the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to work in your chosen field, and develop skills such as team-working, project management and communication – while earning a salary.

    At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.

  5. Great employment prospects
    Studying chemical engineering at Surrey opens 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, Proctor & Gamble, BOC and United Utilities.


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