BEng in Chemical Engineering

University of Bradford

Program Description

BEng in Chemical Engineering

University of Bradford

The BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering (with placement year) is shaped by the ongoing needs of industry while focusing on the traditional disciplines of oil, gas and petrochemical production.

You’ll get the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to operate in a range of industry sectors, learning in a research-informed, multidisciplinary environment.

Your studies will give you a deep understanding of fundamental and advanced technical principles such as:

  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • mass and heat transfer
  • chemical reactions
  • process control
  • safety, health, and environment

You’ll also gain practical experience with analytical tools, and the competencies required to apply this knowledge in the industry.

The placement year in the industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.

Chemical Engineering at Bradford has extensive links to industry. Our Lecturers are actively working on research projects with industry, with recent research projects linked to leading pharmaceutical, oil, gas, petrochemical and advanced material engineering companies.

Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our MEng programme is possible at the end of either your first or second year. The MEng programme involves an additional academic year of more in-depth study.

Chemical Engineering received 94% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the IChemE.

The accreditation will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.


Chemical Engineering at the University of Bradford is ranked 3rd in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2019.

Sandwich year

This Chemical Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in the industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional chemical engineer.

During the second year, we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned with your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement, you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

Our students have undertaken placements with organizations such as:

  • EDF Energy
  • Novartis
  • Thames Water
  • AMEC
  • BASF
  • Sellafield
  • Tracerco

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learned to your final project. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

Learning and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied – a mixture of:

  • formal lectures
  • practical lab sessions
  • tutorials and seminars
  • group work
  • computer-based learning
  • coursework
  • poster and oral presentations

Independent study is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the course provide all the support you may need. Assessments will include formal exams, class tests, lab reports, coursework, research reports, computer-based assessment, quizzes, poster and oral presentations. Practical skills are assessed via individual and group technical reports with the laboratory work linked with the taught modules.


The research informed curriculum at Bradford not only gives you the opportunity to be taught by experts but also to carry out research projects in some of the most advanced laboratories in the world - the Research & Knowledge Transfer Centres in:

  • Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Polymer Micro and Nano Technology
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering Science
  • Sustainable Environments

You will be taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their engineering discipline. This enables us to explore with you how theoretical principles are being applied to solve real-world challenges.

Career prospects

The chemical and allied industry is expected to grow more rapidly than the average for the whole of the manufacturing industry. This, when coupled with the increasing appreciation of the value of chemical engineering in many areas such as the foodstuffs and pharmaceutical industry, metals extraction, medical science, and environmental protection, means your prospects as a graduate are bright. Recent graduates have gained employment at organizations including:

  • Unilever
  • Lorien Engineering Solutions
  • Pladis Global
  • IMI Precision Engineering
  • British Sugar
  • KPMG

Starting salaries of graduates in chemical and process engineering are relatively high, and later career chemical engineers are amongst the best paid of the engineering specialisms.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 22, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
3 - 4 
Full time
Jan. 31, 2019
United Kingdom - Bradford, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
End date May 28, 2021
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - Bradford, England
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
End date May 28, 2021