Chemical and process engineering
Chemical engineers are transforming industries and the world we live in – from creating new biodegradable plastics and improving recycling methods, to developing more cost-effective drugs.
A degree in chemical engineering will inspire and challenge you to cultivate pioneering solutions to global problems.
Surrey’s £1.7 million chemical engineering facility also makes us one of the few universities in the world where you can experience operating a complete chemical engineering process.
We're ranked 4th in the UK and 16th in the world for petroleum engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 and 17th in the UK for chemical engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2024. And in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), we ranked 15th in the UK for ‘*research power’ in engineering.
94 per cent of our undergraduate students and 100 per cent of our postgraduate research students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes survey 2023).
* Research power is the overall quality of submissions, calculated by grade point average and multiplied by the full-time equivalent number of staff submitted.
What our students say
Chemical process engineering at Surrey
We are proud of our established history as the oldest continuing chemical engineering programme in England and can offer a great learning experience with our Fluor pilot plant. We are home to ground-breaking research in areas from water processing to carbon capture, boasting excellent links with industry across chemical engineering sectors.