Undergraduate study
Chemical Engineering

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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

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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2016 entry

Part-time

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

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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£500

£500 cash available to kick-start your degree – for travel, accommodation or other living expenses

Eligibility criteria apply

£260m

Over £260m invested in our town-centre campus for your improved student and learning experience

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89%

89% of students would recommend Teesside University to others
(National Student Survey 2015)

Why choose Teesside

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.

Modules

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.

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.

Assessment of this module is by one open-book examination (50%) and one closed book examination (50%).


Engineering Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

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.

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.

 

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.

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 and use it in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in the identification of the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application. You complement the analytical models developed in introduction to transport phenomena and process control and simulation.
You are introduced to the techniques and principles and provided with problems that develop your competency in the application of the techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using spread sheets and introduced to MATLAB.

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.

 

Full-time route

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.

 

Part-time route

Employability Skills for Engineers

This module is a distance-learning module if you are a part-time student currently employed and studying one of the engineering programmes in the School of Science & Engineering.

You undertake a series of activities that develop your employability and allow you to progress your professional development. The focus of the activities develops attributes which improve your employability and prepare you for situations which you are likely to find yourselves facing in your future careers.

 

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

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.

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 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 your study 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 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 including the utilities, construction, defence, chemicals, oil and pharmaceuticals. Alternative careers include marketing and finance.

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  • Length: 3 years

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

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  • Enrolment date: September
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