Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
Developed in consultation with industry, our BEng and MEng Chemical Engineering courses will equip you to tackle real-world engineering challenges.
Combining exceptional facilities with teaching from research-active academics, this course will prepare you for a fulfilling career in the chemical and process industries.
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 industry-quality equipment.
We’re ranked 5th in the UK for chemical engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
What you will study
Designed to keep pace with current chemical engineering issues, our courses combine traditional chemical engineering topics with multidisciplinary design, biochemical engineering and sustainability.
You’ll be taught by prize-winning academics and will develop a strong base of knowledge that’s relevant across the chemical and petrochemical industries.
Students on our MEng course may take part in a multidisciplinary project which sees you work together with other engineers across the university.
You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Master 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.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BEng (Hons)||36 months||Oct 2020||H802||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||H800||View KIS data set|
|MEng||48 months||Oct 2020||H803||View KIS data set|
|MEng||60 months||Oct 2020||H801||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||H804||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||60 months||Oct 2020||H815||View KIS data set|
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 courses are enhanced by strong industrial links, both in the UK and overseas. These links contribute to our Professional Training programme, which has been running successfully at Surrey for over 40 years.
Placements provide you with the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand experience of how industry operates, and to apply your theoretical knowledge in practice.
Taken by many of our students, the Professional Training placement can really give you a head start in your future career.
Companies that have participated in our scheme include:
- EDF Energy
- Air Products
- Fluor Corporation
- 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.
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.
On average, chemical engineers 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 that chemical engineering graduates quickly attain.
At Surrey, our graduate employment record is excellent, which demonstrates the strength of our courses in preparing you for the world of work and the substantial benefits of taking a 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 courses is high, especially within modern, highgrowth sectors including:
- Water and waste management
We have worked closely with industrial organisations to design our courses 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 course. Currently, for Chemical Engineering students, this is possible in their second year at one of our partner institutions:
- USA (Texas, North Carolina, Cincinnati or Florida)
- Australia (La Trobe, Monash, Swinburne in Melbourne or at the University of Queensland or Sydney)
- South Korea.
The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying extra tuition fees to the partner. In doing so, you will widen your perspective, 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 to the culture and climate of another country.
You can also opt to take a Professional Training placement with a company overseas. Students have worked at Grace in Germany, Labo Derva in Brussels or in Malaysia.
If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve in, 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’ll carry out a realistic exercise in operating the process and taking responsibility for factors such as safety, profitability and environmental impact.
Other laboratory experiments include a centrifugal pump test, a heat exchanger and the multiple stirred-tank chemical reactor experiment. You will 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 main driving force in developing 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 courses 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 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. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
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.
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.
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.
Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7
Plan A - 105 credits of compulsory modules and 15 credits optional (choice of 1 from 4 modules)
Plan B - 2 compulsory and 2 optional in Semester 1; 1 compulsory and 1 optional in Semester 2.
ENGM001 - Compulsory, Plan A only
ENGM072 - Compulsory, Plan A only
ENGM072 - Optional, Plan B only
ENGM275 - Compulsory
ENGM276 - 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 courses aim to ensure you’re equipped with the necessary 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 stages, and to develop the higher order skills you’ll need as a professional engineer.
Our Chemical Engineering courses equip you with problem-¬solving, analytical and other transferable skills, enabling you to succeed in whatever career you pursue. You learn to assess business proposals which require capital investment but bring long--term profits.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. 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.
ALPAY E Prof (Chm Proc Eng)
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 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, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) 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.
Additional Learning Support
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team 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.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more 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?
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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
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.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BEng (Hons)||Oct 2020||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BEng (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|MEng||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|MEng||Oct 2020||60 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|BEng (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BEng (Hons)||Oct 2020||60 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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.
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
These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.
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.
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