Undergraduate study
Chemical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

UCAS code: H813 BEng/CE

By joining Teesside University’s chemical engineering degree you will be on a path to full registration as a chartered engineer with one of the highest earning potentials amongst the engineering professions. Chemical engineers take science out of the laboratory and into the real world. They turn raw materials into useful products through changing their properties or changing how their properties interact with each other.

Course information


  • Length: 3 years

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2016 entry


  • 6 years if entering in Year 1, 4 years if entering in Year 2

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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The North East is a major centre for process industries and this degree programme takes full advantage of the University's location by providing you with significant practical elements and opportunity to engage with industry. You may also benefit from a placement or professional mentorship with one of the companies in the region, or further afield. This is a real bonus, giving you experience of finding practical solutions to real industrial problems, and enhancing your employability prospects. Chemical engineers can be involved in a hugely diverse range of work, from oil and gas extraction to designing and building cleaner nuclear power plants.

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.

Not all programmes offered at higher education institutions are accredited so check first before choosing where to study.

In the first year, you study engineering mathematics and fundamental sciences which form the basis for the rest of the programme. In the second year you learn the principles of chemical and process engineering operations. And in your final year you draw together the skills acquired to produce an overall plant design and expand the knowledge into an advanced area of processing.

In addition, the programme develops the skill set and attributes that prepare you for the real world of work. You undertake a series of intensive real-life group projects to enhance your engineering knowledge and skills, and your employability - enhancing skills such as integrity, communication, team working and leadership skills, all highly regarded by employers.


Year 1 core modules

Applied Fluid Mechanics

Chemical Engineering in Practice

Chemical engineers and chemists need a basic grounding in chemical equilibrium. You develop the skills and techniques you need to pursue a career in either of these fields through acquiring a solid knowledge of the concepts and skills necessary for understanding this topic.

Where possible, you make an industrial visit during the academic year and the case studies we develop with our local industrial partner improve your problem solving abilities

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.

This module is delivered through a series of lectures and tutorials, and is assessed by an in-course assignment worth 50% and an examination worth 50%.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to studies in engineering at degree level. The fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry, and basic statistics are revisited and developed. The fundamental ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are introduced and developed.

The module is studied during the first year of most undergraduate engineering courses. Delivery is by a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Assessment of this module is by three open-book in-class tests.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

This module introduces you to the concepts of Engineering Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer. You study the transfer of heat energy for solids, liquids and gases, and explore the various mechanisms for this heat transfer, quantifying these mechanisms and applying them to industrially important equipment, particularly heat exchangers. You learn to design and analyse heat exchanger systems for a given duty.

Throughout this module, you look at the engineering thermodynamic properties of pure working fluids. You define, develop and apply a series of thermodyamic principles to solve engineering related problems of increasing difficulty. You examine in detail the derivation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and then apply this knowledge to real world analysis of a range of heat-power cycles.

Mass Balance

The importance of stoichiometry and mass balances is widely known and accepted in chemical, biochemical and related industries. This module examines the application of overall and component mass balance to reactive and unreactive processes. You learn about the concepts and skills necessary to understand these topics, helping you develop the skills necessary to work as a chemist.

The material is delivered through preparatory lectures and tutorials, culminating in the production of solutions to unseen problems.

Professional Skills

Knowledge of your degree subject is not the only thing you will learn at university, nor is it the only thing which potential employers will be looking for after graduation. You also need to develop a range of skills that are applicable in all walks of life. These include:
- the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to different audiences, both orally and in writing
- the ability to make an effective contribution as a member of a team, and also to work independently or on your own initiative when required
- the ability to tackle problems for which all the necessary knowledge is not available
- the ability to locate information and assess its usefulness
- the ability to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology.

You also learn to assess their own performance - recognising and building on your strengths, identifying and improving your weaknesses.

This module is the first in a series running through each degree programme in which these key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities that require the use of different skills, while also teaching key aspects of the chosen subject. The module is delivered via a combination of seminars, laboratory classes and some lectures; the exact pattern will be different for different degree programmes. Assessment is via reflective statements, which require students to identify knowledge and skills that have been developed during the module

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.


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.

You may work in teams with chemists and mechanical engineers to select the best process for manufacture of a given product, and to design the plant necessary to carry this out.

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

You learn how to prepare for situations you are likely to face in your future career, including:
• Demanding technical interviews in which your subject knowledge and ability to "sell yourself" is tested
• Scenarios requiring difficult ethical judgments
• Tasks or problems for which you do not possess all the necessary knowledge at the start

You enhance your knowledge and understanding of your subject and learn to deal with similar situations effectively in the future.

Engineering Management and Leadership Skills

The Engineering Management and Leadership Skills module complements the acquisition and development of the skills in the group design project module.

This module develops key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. The module will help you to select and apply appropriate techniques to deliver engineering projects at the right time, cost, quality and value. An understanding of organizational structures, culture, leadership and individual performance are also developed.

Lectures will be used to deliver core material and group seminars will also be used as appropriate to promote discussion of management or technical content and review of skills development.

Assessment will be by reflective statements, used to assess leadership, management and team roles, as well as self marketing skills (CV writing, interviewing and self appraisal). Some class activities will be compulsory and so assessed on a pass/fail basis.

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

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

Reactors and Bioreactors


Final-year core modules

Advanced Process Operations

This module deals with the application of thermodynamics to advanced problems of steam generation, combustion and heat recovery. It will extend thermodynamic theory from single component systems to mixtures.

It aims to relate the fundamentals of thermodynamics to process plant and utilities and demonstrate how utility provision can be improved and fuel consumption reduced.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • identify, explain and apply appropriate calculation methods to advanced thermodynamic problems
  • possess a detailed knowledge of applied thermodynamics
  • demonstrate flexibility to produce improved logical arguments for revised calculations of heat and power cycles resulting in better efficiencies and lower fuel consumption
  • identify the complexities of mixed systems and apply appropriate models/ predictions to the solution of problems involving mixed systems.

You will be assessed on tests and an end of module exam.

Environment and Sustainability

This module uses a group work project approach to address the impact of industrial and human activities on the environment and the need for a sustainable approach to future developments. Specifically, you 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%).

Management Skills for Engineers

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.


This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of Engineering or Technology for an extended period. Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you will give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support will be provided through regular tutorial sessions.

You are assessed on your dissertation, project diary and presentation.

Reactors and Catalysis


Non-credit bearing optional modules

In-sessional Academic English (for international students)


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You will attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions. Some of your first-year learning is based around case studies, following visits to local industries. A theme of process design through group work runs through all stages of the course.

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 - self-study time - 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 study involves compulsory one-week block delivery periods (Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm), one week in stage 1, two separate weeks in stage 2 and two separate weeks in the final stage. These are intensive problem-solving weeks, providing you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems. These weeks enhance team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your programme includes a range of assessments, including coursework assignments, project reports and formal examinations.

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. Alternative careers include marketing and finance.

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry
If you reside in the UK you may be invited to attend an interview. The purpose of the interview is to help us tailor your offer to your individual circumstances. The interview process also enables us to consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and those with non-traditional qualifications, including individuals who may be returning to study after a period of employment.

In addition to your interview, during your visit you will be offered a tour of our fantastic campus, a visit to our excellent laboratory and teaching facilities, and an opportunity to meet our staff. You will learn much more about your course, and the range of scholarships, bursaries and grants you might be eligible for.

If you can't come for an interview we will consider making an offer based on the information you provide in your application.

Eligibility for entry to Year 1 of this programme requires study of the following essential subjects at Level 3 - mathematics and chemistry (or other related science, technology or engineering subjects).

The most common acceptable Level 3 qualifications are (typical minimum grades are shown in brackets):

  • A levels (grades BBC)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (grade DMM, including merit in further mathematics)
  • Access to HE Diploma (with 30 Level 3 credits from science units, including 12 Level 3 credits in mathematics, awarded at merit or higher)

Your qualification must be in a relevant subject area and must include all the essential subjects, or other closely related subjects.

If the qualification for which you are studying is not listed please contact our Admissions Office for advice. We accept many alternative UK and international qualifications.

If your qualifications and grades don't meet the entry requirements for Year 1 entry you can be considered for one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year. The recommended extended route for this course is BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (Extended).

Direct entry to later years
Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level may request direct entry to Year 2 of their degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

English language requirement
Entry to a degree programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English. An example of an acceptable qualification is GCSE English language at grade C.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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Course information


  • Length: 3 years

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2016 entry


  • 6 years if entering in Year 1, 4 years if entering in Year 2

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  • Enrolment date: September
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