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Build a career in the chemical and process industries

Professionally accredited, and with paid placement opportunities, the BEng Chemical Engineering course offers excellent job prospects and the potential to help create a sustainable planet.

The course combines academic study, hands-on experience and group projects to ensure you develop the essential practical and communication abilities required by employers in 21st century process industries. 

Chemical engineering is at the forefront of the quest to produce clean energy and satisfy human needs across a number of areas in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

These areas include pharmaceuticals, health, food, drink, oil, gas, petrochemicals, agriculture, fine chemicals and materials.

This course is accredited by the the Institution of Chemical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. The curriculum is designed to satisfy internationally recognised high accreditation requirements.

Placement Opportunities

You will undergo a period of pilot plant-based training as part of the course and you can opt to take a one-year paid industrial placement between year 3 and year 4 as a supervised, junior chemical engineer.

Placements are obtained competitively and can be in any branch of the chemical/process industry in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, British Nuclear Fuels, Doosan Babcock, Diageo and Sellafield Ltd.

Study Abroad

Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.


UWS has over 100 years’ experience in training engineers. Our courses are professionally accredited and designed to anticipate industry demand. Their delivery is supported by excellent on-campus facilities.

Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to succeed in engineering.

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Maths and Chemistry (102 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CCD including Maths and one Science - preferably Chemistry (88 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths and Chemistry 
  • International Baccalaureate: 24 points (4, 4 at HL) 
  • SQA HNC: Chemical Engineering 
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Chemistry, Maths and Physics (112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: BCC including Chemistry, Maths and Physics (104 UCAS Tariff points)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Chemical Engineering (with A in the Graded Unit)
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Chemical Engineering  
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM 

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Chemical Engineering (with Maths for Engineering 3 and B in the Graded Unit) 

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Chemical engineers are involved in the design, operation and management of plants and processes resulting in products that influence our wellbeing and quality of life. 

Over the course of the BEng Chemical Engineering, you will study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through laboratory work; and use world-class process simulation tools such as Aspen Suite and Ansys Fluent. 

Industry experts will share their expertise through guest lectures. NEL (engineering consultancy) representatives recently presented to students on the importance of correct measurement.  

The BEng is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the curriculum is designed to satisfy the high accreditation requirements which are internationally recognised.

Year 1

Studies include engineering fundamentals, mathematics and chemistry.

Year 2

Studies focus on core chemical engineering topics in addition to mathematics and chemistry.

Year 3

Core chemical engineering subjects including process design, transport processes, engineering thermodynamics, separation processes, process safety, process control and project management are covered.

Optional Industry Placement

One year can be spent on paid placement as a supervised, junior chemical engineer in industry. Placements are obtained competitively and can be in any branch of the chemical/process industry in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, British Nuclear Fuels, Doosan Babcock, Diageo and Sellafield Ltd.

Year 4 (Honours)

Study includes core and advanced topics in separation processes, chemical reactor design, thermal systems design and integration, process safety, process control and some economic aspects of the process industry. You will also undertake a chemical engineering design study.

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Teaching and Assessment

You will engage with a range of complimentary and creative learning and teaching approaches throughout the BEng Chemical Engineering, including:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • computer based simulations
  • design problems and projects
  • flipped classes
  • case studies

These are designed to help develop knowledge and understanding of key specialisms within Chemical Engineering in a changing global environment. But, they also to provide opportunities for you to reflect on your personal development in terms of confidence, employability skills and aim to help prepare you for a successful career in chemical/process industries.

The BEng Chemical Engineering degrees use a variety of assessment methods including both formative and summative assessment modes. This include formative assessment during tutorials, practical laboratory exercises and process simulation sessions as well as written exams, written reports, design exercises, oral presentations and essays.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects


Graduates have gained employment with companies including GlaxoSmithKline; Amec Foster Wheeler; Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Seal Chemicals; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; Joint European Torus Project; and Procter & Gamble.

Further study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,800 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.


All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.


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Course Leader

Dr Zaki El-Hassan

Engineering & Computing


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