Chemical engineering is all about changing raw materials by altering the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance to create everything from face creams to fuels, metals to paper, plastics to synthetic fibres and drugs. This course will expose you to the fundamental science and mathematics underpinning process engineering concepts, alongside specialised modules to equip you for a career in the chemical and related process industries.
You’ll gain an understanding of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science and mass and energy balances, alongside specialist knowledge of separation processes, reaction engineering and process control. You’ll also undertake project work at every stage of the programme, allowing you to apply your knowledge to design and lab work and gain the range of skills you’ll need in your professional career.
Taught by academics who are leaders in their fields, you’ll benefit from our cutting-edge research and extensive links with industry.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You’ll be taught by experts with internationally recognised research profiles in world-class facilities. Our labs are equipped with the latest technology for environmental monitoring and pollution control, advanced energy systems such as fuel cells, scanning electron microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, chemical processing unit operations and petroleum reservoir and rock deformation facilities.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited chemical engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.The BEng is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for CEng status. A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
The first two years of our four chemical engineering degrees share the same set of modules, focusing on the fundamental science and engineering concepts associated with the subject. Not only does this give you a firm foundation for your studies, but it also means you can switch easily between our courses if you choose.
You’ll cover topics such as mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science and process modeling, as well as having plenty of opportunities to put that knowledge into practice in design and laboratory work.
In year 3, you’ll build on this knowledge and study more specialised modules, covering a wide range of chemical engineering topics such as separation processes, reaction engineering, particle process engineering, process control and a major design project.
If you continue into Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you’ll carry out an individual research project that investigates an industry-related topic in depth. Masters-level modules informed by research interests across the School will allow you to develop sophisticated knowledge of topics such as product design and development, modelling and simulation, advances in chemical engineering and advanced reaction engineering.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
Find out more about our Projects
You’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Technical Skills and Applications 20 credits
- Introduction to Process Engineering 30 credits
- Engineering Science 1 30 credits
- Mathematical Techniques 1 10 credits
- Materials Science and Engineering 20 credits
- Introduction to Petroleum Engineering 10 credits
- Foundation Mathematics 10 credits
- Fundamentals of Process Chemistry 10 credits
- Foundation Engineering Physics 10 credits
- Topics in Nanotechnology 10 credits
- Introduction to Management 10 credits
- Mathematical Techniques 2 20 credits
- Engineering Science 2 20 credits
- Safety, Health and Environment 20 credits
- Process Systems and Applications 20 credits
- Process Modelling and Thermodynamics 20 credits
- Materials Synthesis and Characterisation 20 credits
- Design Project (BEng) 40 credits
- Process Engineering Operations 20 credits
- Separation Processes 20 credits
- Reaction Engineering 20 credits
- Process Optimisation and Control 20 credits
- Research Project (MEng) 45 credits
- Chemical Products Design and Development 15 credits
- Multi-Scale Modelling and Simulation 30 credits
- Advanced Reaction Engineering 15 credits
- Advances in Chemical Engineering 15 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industrial visits allow you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. Together they will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in science and technology-related careers. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
In addition, our excellent student support team is based close to where you’ll work and study to help with anything from academic advice to timetabling and project submission enquiries.
Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments, and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, with Distinction, to include Mathematics, Calculus and Further Calculus and specific subjects e.g. Physics or Chemistry.
D*D*D with Distinctions in relevant Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics units. Some Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics units may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.
D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.
36 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AAAAA overall (AA at advanced level, including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry).
Advanced Diploma: A* with an appropriate amount of Mathematics and either Chemistry or Physics.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:
If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
If you’re an international student and you want to apply for the four-year MEng, BEng programme, you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before you can apply for your student visa.
Find out more about ATAS requirements
Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, for which we strongly encourage attendance, as this gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You’ll take part in a practical engineering activity, followed by a School and campus tour. The tour of the School’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities.
A discussion with an academic will normally form part of this process. This will give you the chance to talk about your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £21,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
The School of Chemical and Process Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships
Careers in the field of Chemical Engineering are wide-ranging, and employment prospects are excellent. Our graduates have successfully secured positions in chemical and pharmaceutical companies, fossil fuel and renewable energy plants, mineral processing and metals recycling operations, as well as other areas such as the utilities, consulting, environmental, health and safety, and other government agencies and banking and finance.
Recent graduates have secured positions including:
- Graduate Engineering Technician, ABBNuclear
- Process Engineer, Amec
- Graduate Process Engineer, Babcock International
- Technical Support Engineer, Baker Hughes
- Engineering Graduate, BOC
- Drilling Engineer, BP
- Graduate Project Engineer, Centrica
- Chemical Engineer, ExxonMobil
- Energetics Scientists, Qinetiq
- Graduate Engineer, Reckitt Benckiser Products
- Drilling Engineer, Saudi Aramco
- Nuclear Process Engineer, Sellafield Ltd
- Oil and Gas Production Technologist, Shell
- Process Project Engineering, Unilever.
According to a salary survey undertaken by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), in 2014, the average starting salary for a chemical engineer in the UK is in the region of £29,500.
You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
Find out more about work placements.
“During my placement year I have given presentations to a multi-national board of business leaders, commissioned my own experiments and utilized a number of engineering software packages.” Read more
James Philip, MEng Chemical Engineering (Industrial)