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Chemical Engineering (Extended)

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BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (Extended)

UCAS code: H814 BEng/CEEx

This degree includes an integrated foundation year for you if you don’t have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for direct entry to year 1 of the degree. The foundation year helps you develop your knowledge in mathematics and other important subjects to enable you to proceed confidently through the remainder of the programme.

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Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year)

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Chemical engineers are involved in a diverse range of work from extracting oil and gas, to designing and building cleaner nuclear power plants. Skilled engineers are highly sought and can achieve high earnings.

Starting salaries for graduate chemical engineers can be as high as £28,000, increasing to £70,000+ when a senior level is reached (prospects.ac.uk, 2015).

Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree This degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

This accredited degree will provide you with the BEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

In the foundation year (year 0) you study a range of mathematics and fundamental science and engineering subjects, and you develop important practical laboratory skills to prepare you for the remainder of your programme. The content of the remaining years of this programme is identical to the content of our BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering degree.

The foundation year of this programme is sufficiently broad in content to provide you with the flexibility to change degree subjects after you successfully complete the foundation year.

If your ultimate aim is to graduate with a master’s degree rather than a BEng degree, after successfully completing the foundation year, and providing you achieve excellent grades, you have the option of joining one of our integrated master’s degrees leading to the award of an MEng (Hons) degree.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Chemical Science and the Environment

Chemistry underpins many of the basic principles required by engineers, and is of particular relevance to the understanding of environmental issues. This module provides you with an overview of basic chemistry, and the application of scientific concepts in the context of the environment.

Topics covered include the Periodic Table, atomic theory, acids and alkalis, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, environmental pollution, its effect and treatment, energy resources, generation and use, waste management, sustainable engineering, building technologies and transport.

Communication and Laboratory Skills

Through this module, you develop your communication skills, the application of information technology for engineering purposes, and safe laboratory working skills in the context of a variety of engineering applications. This prepares you for progressing to study engineering honours degree courses, and helps you choose which engineering course you may wish to pursue.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science

This module gives you a grounding in electrical and electronic engineering principles and is designed to underpin modules in the first year of the electrical and electronic engineering courses.

Fundamentals of Mathematics for Engineering A

This module introduces you to the mathematical notation and techniques relevant to studying engineering at undergraduate level. The emphasis is on developing the skills that will enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. You cover algebraic manipulation and equations, the solution of triangles, an introduction to vectors and an introduction to probability and descriptive statistics.

Fundamentals of Mathematics for Engineering B

This module introduces you to the mathematical notation and techniques relevant to studying engineering at undergraduate level. The emphasis is on developing the skills that will enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. You cover the concept of a function, logarithm and exponential functions, straight-lines and curves, elementary differential and integral calculus.

Materials and Mechanics Engineering Science

This module introduces you to the properties of engineering materials and fluids, such as tensile strength, density and viscosity.

We also introduce heat transfer and fluid mechanics and their applications to practical engineering systems.

We look at the principles of linear and rotational motion and applications to mechanical systems in engineering.

There is emphasis on problem solving using various engineering principles, and we include practical work to reinforce your understanding of these principles.

Course material is delivered in three hours of class time a week during which we combine lectures with problem solving tutorial sessions and some additional practical sessions. The problem solving tutorials and the practical sessions are used to reinforce principles.

We offer support and help during the problem solving tutorials and laboratory sessions and encourage you to use the e-learning support available.

At the end of the module you should:

  • know and use a limited range of scientific investigative procedures in simple, tutor defined contexts
  • possess a given scientific knowledge base and begin to recognise the scope of engineering science
  • be able to gather data from given sources in closely defined contexts with significant tutor guidance
  • be able to construct a supported argument or interpretation within tutor-defined contexts
  • be able to apply given mathematical tools and methods to a well defined problem and show emerging recognition of the complexity of associated issues
  • be able to operate ethically in predictable, defined contexts that require use of a specified range of standard techniques
  • be able to act with limited autonomy, under direction or supervision, within defined guidelines
  • be able to demonstrate a developing ability to communicate in speech and writing in an academic context
  • be able to demonstrate a developing ability to apply numerical and statistical skills in simple contexts
  • be able to use basic IT tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, information searching, in simple contexts
  • be able to engage in team activities to enhance a cooperative approach to learning and working.

 

Year 1 core modules

Applied Fluid Mechanics

You gain a fundamental knowledge of fluid flow through pipe-work systems and the associated design tasks. You are introduced to the techniques used to predict the behaviour of fluids in Chemical Engineering applications and investigate the differences between Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids.

Calculus

Introducing the skills you need to study engineering at degree level, this module covers differential and integral calculus.

You develop your mathematical skills and learn techniques of fundamental operations such as differentiation and integration to solve differential equations.

You also improve your ability to select and apply appropriate calculus techniques to solve engineering problems.

Chemical Engineering in Practice

You work in a team in order to solve a process industry based problem. It gives you an understanding of your own knowledge and limitations and the importance of working with other people to solve a chemical engineering based problem. You gain a fundamental understanding of the operation of the chemical industry with respect to commercial project delivery; health and safety and ethical considerations.

Chemical Principles

This module introduces a range of key concepts in chemistry which provide a basis for understanding subsequent study in areas including analysing, synthesising and identifying compounds, and industrial production.

You learn about the nature of matter and why different substances behave the way they do. Understanding the properties of a substance is essential whether you’re designing a plant to manufacture it on a multi-tonne scale or working out how to alter its structure to improve its properties, for example as a drug or construction material. You also learn how the fundamental principles of chemical equilibrium, energetics and reaction rate are developed, and come to understand the prediction of reaction behaviour when process conditions are changed.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Mass and Energy Balances

This is one of the most important modules for you. The main tools employed in the analysis of processes involve the use of balances to look at material and energy flow in to and out of the process.

You look at the concepts of laws of conservation of mass and energy through a process. You develop strategies for setting up and solving mass and energy balance problems related to chemical and biochemical processes. In addition you look at the use of steam tables for solving energy balance problems. You also study the use of recycles, purges and the limits of conversion in selecting reacting systems as complications that must be dealt with.

Professional Skills for Chemical Engineers

Knowledge of your degree subject is not the only thing you learn at university or what potential employers look for when you graduate. You also develop a range of skills which are applicable in all walks of life including: communicating clearly and effectively to different audiences, both written and orally; make an effective contribution as a member of a team, and to work independently when required; tackle problems that you don't have all the necessary knowledge; locate information and assess its usefulness, and make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology. You also learn to assess your own performance - recognise and build on your strengths, identify and improve your weaknesses. This module is the first in a series where key skills are developed and assessed, through learning activities while also learning about key aspects of your chosen subject. This module also facilitates Personal Development Planning (PDP).
You undertake a series of laboratory experiments that are used as a vehicle to practice to your teamworking skills while developing practical skills and a knowledge of health and safety.

Properties of Materials

This module provides you with a foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials, together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions.

Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance will be explored to highlight factors that influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

Thermodynamics

You are introduced to the concepts of engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer. You look at the transfer of heat, energy for solids, liquids and gases. You explore the various mechanisms for this heat transfer, quantify these mechanisms and apply them to industrially important equipment, particularly heat exchangers. At the end of the course you will be able to design and analyse heat exchanger systems for a given duty. You look at the engineering thermodynamic properties of pure working fluids. You define, develop and apply a series of thermodynamics principles to solve engineering related problems of increasing difficulty. You explore derivation of the first and second laws of thermodynamic and apply it to real-world analysis of a range of heat-power cycles. You attend a series of preparatory lectures and tutorials.

 

Year 2 core modules

Chemical Process Design

This module provides you with the opportunity to solve industrially relevant process design problems as part of a team. You develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support problem solving in a technical context.

Control and Simulation

You learn about the importance of control systems in industrial production processes, and describe fundamental concepts of linear control including feedback, Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control, system dynamic response and controller tuning.

Mathematical modeling of systems based upon rate and balance equations are demonstrated, together with methods of designing feedback controllers. You use computer software to develop models of typical industrial systems and simulate their dynamic response under stated conditions.

Employment Skills for Engineers

You develop your self-marketing, confidence and professional skills that are typically demanded by potential graduate employers.

You are introduced to a number of role-play selection exercises often used by graduate employers; these can include preparing covering letters and CVs, online application forms, attending mock interviews, completing psychometric tests, delivering presentations and contributing to assessment centre tasks.

You develop the necessary skills to succeed at the above exercises using a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) format to emphasise the importance of skills development and career management. This module is also supported by the University’s Careers Service at key stages throughout the lecture plan.

Introduction to Transport Phenomena

The module quantifies and models mechanisms of energy, mass and momentum transfer in chemical and process systems. You develop a systematic approach to mathematical modelling of energy, mass and momentum, and learn how to describe and apply the analogies to process problems.

Numerical Methods for Engineers

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

Process Laboratories

This module allows you to carry out appropriate experiments in support of mass transfer, heat transfer, reaction engineering and process control. This involves carrying out supervised experiments and producing appropriate reports in an approved format. You make some formal presentations to outline efficient laboratory reporting, error analysis techniques and preparation of risk assessments.

Process Operations

In most production units, chemical engineers separate the desired product from the other compounds and concentrate it to give the desired product specification.
You gain a sound understanding of mass transfer theory. You learn about mass and energy conservation and particle technology and the basic concepts behind the design and operation of mass-transfer equipment.

Reactors and Bioreactors

The core of most chemical processes is a chemical reactor to produce the desired product. Sometimes the components of the reaction may be biologically active.
You gain a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of reaction engineering in chemical and biochemical systems. You make use of the essential knowledge of mass and energy conservation, reaction equilibria and kinetics and are introduced to the basic concepts behind the design of different types of chemical and biochemical reactors.

 

Final-year core modules

Advanced Process Operations

You broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding of process unit operations and the underpinning science. It provides you with design methodologies for complex unit operations involving multicomponent distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, gas absorption, membrane processes and chromatography. You gain an in-depth understanding of the application of thermodynamics to mixtures.

Environment and Sustainability

A group work project-approach addresses the impact of industrial and human activities on the environment and the need for a sustainable approach to future developments. You specifically consider sustainable remediation strategies for air, water and land pollution and alternative fuel and energy technologies towards zero carbon emission.

This module addresses key concepts and skills essential for an exploration of environment and sustainability. It also instils a broad and deep understanding of environmental problems. You are assessed by a group poster presentation (40%) and an academic paper (60%). Individual marks for this piece of group work are moderated according to evidence of your engagement with the process, including self and peer assessment.

Management Skills for Engineers

You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.

Process Economics

This module gives you the necessary skills to carry out economic calculations relevant to the process industries. You cover the importance of estimating costs and evaluating profitability, and highlight the way decisions are made under uncertain conditions.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

Reactors and Catalysis

You develop your understanding of reaction engineering and apply your knowledge to complex and multi-phase reactions/reactors systems. You are also introduced to catalyst preparation and characterisation, and the use of catalysis in reaction engineering.

 

and one optional module

Control and Automation

You improve your understanding of process control and automation in order to analyse, model and predict the behaviour of complex dynamic processes. You examine control system instrumentation systems with practical issues of signal transmission and accuracy. Advanced control strategies are also considered as well as techniques for the design, tuning and application.

Fine Chemical Production

The preparation of fine organic compounds has a major commercial importance and chemical engineers need to be familiar with the underlying principles as well as the chemistry involved in this particular application. You compare lab-scale and large-scale processes, considering issues involved in scale-up, catalysts, environmental and safety aspects, and business aspects such as patents.

Oil and Gas Engineering Operations

You cover the main processes and technology applied in oil and gas engineering. You study the key concepts of knowledge to evaluate the development and production of oil and gas fields.
You gain an understanding of oil and gas reservoirs, flow through porous media, production engineering and surface facilities installation on oil and gas fields.

 

Non-credit bearing optional modules

In-sessional Academic English (for International Students)

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You are expected to attend a range of lectures and problem-solving tutorials. You also use laboratory work widely to underpin the engineering principles studied. A series of laboratory-based activities provides a practical introduction to a range of engineering disciplines.

The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to spend time on your own. This self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

One module in each year of your study, excluding your first year (Level 3), involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your course involves a range of assessment including coursework assignments, laboratory work, presentations and tests. You also work in teams on design project, and in the final year you complete a major individual project, including a poster presentation and project report.


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Career opportunities

Chemical engineers are employed worldwide in activities including research and development, design and plant operation. They are involved in a wide range of sectors, from the utilities, construction and defence, chemicals to oil and pharmaceuticals.



Working as a chemical engineer.

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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year)

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