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Course overview

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. 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. This course includes an optional year in industry, at no extra cost.

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. 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.

Free online maths course
Prepare for your studies with our free online Mathematics for University course. Develop your knowledge and understanding in maths so that you can start your studies in September confidently and better prepared. Places offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more

Work experience
Alongside the optional year in industry, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities. Find out more

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 MEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills that fully meet the academic requirement 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.


Course details

Years 1 and 2 comprise the same modules as the BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering. Year 3 includes many of the same core modules as the BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering degree, with a major project focusing on complex chemical engineering design. In the final year of the MEng you study highly specialist modules at master’s level, with options such as petroleum technology, process control and management. Through your individual research project you also have the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research being performed by our academic staff, or to work with our industrial partners on a variety of active projects.

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 third year you draw together the skills acquired in the first two years to produce an overall plant design and expand the knowledge into an advanced area of processing. In your final year, you build on the understanding of core chemical engineering, but are also allowed to choose options which broaden and deepen your knowledge. In this year a high level of autonomy is expected, in particular for the project work.

In addition, the programme develops your skills set and attributes that will 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 also your employability enhancing skills such as integrity, communication, team working and leadership skills, all highly regarded by employers.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

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.

Heat Transfer and 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.

Mass and Energy Balances

The importance of stoichiometry, mass and energy balances and recycle operations is widely known and accepted in the chemical, biochemical and other related industries. You explore concepts and skills necessary to develop the skills necessary to work as a chemical engineer.

Practical Skills for Chemical Engineers

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.

Science for Chemical Engineers

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.

Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers

You explore the concepts of chemical engineering thermodynamics.
Develop an understanding of the engineering thermodynamic properties of pure working fluids. A series of thermodynamic principles are defined, developed and then applied to solve chemical engineering related problems of increasing difficulty, in particular derivation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics are explored and then applied to real world analysis of a range of heat-power cycles.


Year 2 core modules

Applied Mathematical Methods

You develop mathematical knowledge in differential equations and numerical methods and extend your base of techniques to solve a variety of problems which arise in engineering domains. The emphasis is on developing competence in the identification of the most appropriate method to solve a given problem and its subsequent application.

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.

Practical and Professional Skills

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.


Year 3 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.

Chemical Engineering in Industry

Develop[ your appreciation and understanding of process safety, and learn to broaden your understanding of the current industrial landscape of chemical engineering.

Environment and Sustainable Processing

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.

Integrated Masters Chemical Engineering Project

Consider the design work introduced throughout the course into a single cohesive design exercise. It is designed to meet the requirements set down for process design for Masters students for accredited degrees by the IChemE.

The project follows standard industrial design methodologies from initial design brief through to complete design of a full chemical process.

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.


Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.


Final-year core modules

Advanced Chemical Engineering Design

This module will enable you to explore the use of industrial standard modelling and simulation software in the design of complex chemical engineering unit operations. You will use the knowledge and skills gained to produce a computational design of a chemical plant.

You will also learn about the business and regulatory aspects of process design and development in chemical engineering.

The assessment comprises of 100 percent course work. It consists of group produced portfolio where evaluation of an individual contribution will be based on tutor moderated self and peer assessment.

Integrated Masters Research Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, 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 and self-managed independent study.

Plant and Process Monitoring

The process industries typically record a large amount of process data via their Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Appropriate analysis of this data allows for better production quality, early fault detection and ultimately better safety checks. You study the appropriate system identification techniques to model processes on the basis of this data. You look at Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques that enable critical analysis of data in order to make informed judgement in the running of continuous and batch processes. You explore the use of the industry standard Six Sigma technique to improve process plant operation.


and two optional modules

Advanced Drilling Engineering and Well Completion

Develop an understanding of drilling engineering, the process of well completion, work-over as well as stimulation to improve well performance.

Explore drilling systems such as hoisting systems, power systems, circulation systems as well as hydraulic systems. You learn drilling muds’ properties and behaviour, the blow-out-preventer and other safety measures on drilling process. It will also present drilling bits types and performances.

Advanced Fluid Dynamics

This module covers incompressible and compressible aerodynamics applicable to flight of subsonic and supersonic aircraft, and introduces hypersonic flow applicable to re-entry vehicles.
The content of this module includes a revision of the fundamental fluid flow and thermodynamic governing equations, subsonic and supersonic around wings, flow through nozzles and diffusers, oblique shock waves and expansion waves, fundamentals of boundary layers, convective heat transfer, viscous high temperature flows, and experimental methods for hypersonic flows.
The module content will be delivered through the use of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, problem solving tutorials and IT laboratory sessions providing an opportunity to explore complex flows through the use of CFD codes.
Assessment will comprise of a laboratory report compiled from practical laboratory investigations and an end exam.

Electrochemical Principles

This module develops an insight into the principles of electrochemical systems and the supporting theory. Also, applications of this technology such as electrolysis processes, batteries, and fuel cells will be considered. The module examines the relevant kinetics and thermodynamics theory to model the mass transfer and diffusion effects observed. The material will be delivered through lectures developing concepts and through embedded problem-solving seminars.

Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production Engineering

This module will provide a detailed understanding of hydrocarbon exploration and production. The module will cover different methods of hydrocarbon exploration, drilling engineering, the process of well completion, and work-over. Moreover, it covers the oil and gas production systems including wells, pipelines, separators and chokes. The inflow performance relationships (IPR) for oil and gas wells, as well as well performance analysis will be included in this module. The module will also provide the understanding for surface production facilities and operations used in crude oil treatment and natural gas re-conditioning such as sweetening and dehydration. This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Identification and Model Predictive Control

You develop the methods and techniques associated with system identification. You learn how these techniques can be used in the formulation of adaptive and model based control schemes. You consider the practical implementation of these control schemes.

Petroleum Chemistry

The module provides an understanding of crude oil fractions and components enabling the study of phase behaviour of reservoir fluids as a function of temperature and pressure. Different equations of state are used to analyse the pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) correlations.
The module demonstrates how construction of compositional fluid models, using an industry standard reservoir simulator, enables the investigation of reservoir fluid properties and behaviour. In addition, oil field corrosion and scaling mechanisms as well as monitoring and inhibition methods are discussed.

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering

You study the key concepts of reservoir engineering, including reservoir properties, single and multiple-phase fluid flow through porous media. You have an introduction to various reservoir rock types including carbonate and sandstone rocks, outlining the geological aspects of hydrocarbon reservoirs. You also discuss formation evaluation based on well-testing and well-logging interpretations.

Process Improvement and Optimisation

Although the chemical industry has evolved within the last decade, there is still demand and ongoing need for process improvement and optimisation, to align technology to market needs by producing “lean and mean” designs.

This module provides you with a sound understanding of the complex concepts of process improvement and a working knowledge of the sophisticated optimisation techniques that are applied to the design and control of chemical engineering processes.

Based on a thorough technical analysis of the chemical process, quality improvement measures are proposed to optimise the reaction and operation conditions. You examine the use of catalysts with high activity and selectivity, along with advanced flow reactors, while designing a new technology or re-designing an existing one. You are introduced to standard optimisation techniques and you learn to identify the most beneficial applications.

Risk Management in Projects

This module is designed to present an advanced level of study in Risk Management in projects. Students will explore a range of tools and techniques used in risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk planning responses, PERT and risk monitoring. Students will learn about financial risk, project appraisal methods and the application of a decision tree within a project. Students will gain awareness of probability theory that represents the corner stone of risk management. Invited speakers from the industry will give an overview of risk management in different projects (e.g. IT, Finance, Construction, and Oil & Gas).Students will be required to work in group on project case studies which apply risk management theory. In addition, students will gain a hands-on experience in applying an industry standard software tool to variety of scenarios of risk factors. Students will develop a deep understanding of the systematic process of Risk Management and application of industry standard software.

Supply Chain Management

This module investigates a range of applied Quality Management techniques and has been designed to enable students to develop the skills necessary to apply these techniques to their own work environment. This module also examines the appropriate statistical techniques in Quality Control, Auditing, Supply Chain Management and a range of Accreditation Schemes including BRC, EFSIS, ISO, UKAS and Industry Standards. In course assessment (ICA) is via a 5000 words written piece of work, with a weighting of 100%.

Sustainability in Chemical Engineering

This module covers environmental assessments such as life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment and environmental management system on environmental impacts from industrial and human activities. The framework of this module also includes understanding of sustainable engineering strategies such as clean technology and renewable energy to address current environmental issues.

A case study in environmental impacts and development of sustainable engineering alternatives will be assessed by means of an in-course assignment (100%).

Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes

This module will develop an understanding of the water and wastewater treatment processes and will enable the students to apply them in an engineering context. Relevant current and future challenges associated with the water sector will be discussed to increase the awareness of the students and help them propose potential solutions.

Lectures will deliver the theoretical knowledge of water and wastewater treatment processes and the associated challenges within the water-energy nexus. The seminars will enable the application of theoretical knowledge to design problems.

Case studies from research and industrial sources will investigate the applicability and effectiveness of the course materials and highlight the potential opportunities and challenges.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You are expected to attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions. Some of your learning is based around case studies, following visits to local industries. A theme of process design through group work runs throughout the programme.

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 of the first and second years 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 course includes a range of assessments including coursework assignments, project reports and formal examinations.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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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 including utilities, construction, defence, chemicals, oil and pharmaceuticals. Our recent graduates are employed at a range of chemical engineering destinations such as BOC, Jacobs, Cummins and EDF.


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  • UCAS code: H810 MEng/CE
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