BEng Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

I chose Aston for the placement year - I learnt valuable skills on my placement, which will help me secure a graduate role."

Regina Hoi Siu
BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB (or equivalent) including A-Level Chemistry and Maths

Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering/consultancy positions with companies including Procter and Gamble, BP, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BT. 

Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities
Internationally recognised for research
Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
Ranked Top 20 for Chemical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2017)

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: H803

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: only considered along side A Level Chemistry and Maths
IB: 32 points (including Chemistry at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Chemistry and Math (A-level Use of Mathematics is not accepted) are required
GCSE: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted
More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2017/18)                             
£17,200 for Outside EU students (2017/18)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Information on visas for international students

The products in the world we use everyday require the skill of a chemical engineer.  You will be trained to ensure the safe and profitable production of the chemicals and materials required to create products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems.

Chemical engineers are very much at the forefront of working to improve the quality of our lives.  Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities.  As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

Subject Guide & Modules:

The BEng in chemical engineering is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this you share a common first year with chemists. In later years you go on to specialise at a more advanced level in the core engineering topics. In addition you study the important topics of business, management and sustainability, all the while developing and applying problem-solving skills. Your computer modelling skills will also be developed with a strong emphasis on process simulation.

You have the option to spend an additional year on placement in industry after your second academic year. Many students take advantage of this option, and find the experience of great benefit both in their development as an engineer and in their final year performance.

Years 1 

Core Modules

  • Chemical Engineering Mathematics (CE11EM)
  • Design and Build (CE1002)
  • Process and Product Design (CE1004)
  • Introduction to Transfer Processes (CE1009)
  • Health, Safety and the Environment (CE1007)
  • Physical Chemistry for Engineers (CE1103)
  • Chemistry for Engineers (CE1012)
  • States of Matter (CH1105)
  • Professional Skills for Chemical Engineers (CE1011)

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Process Design (CE2002)
  • Transfer Processes (CE2004)
  • Process Control and Instrumentation (CE2009) 
  • Separation Processes (CE2103)
  • Process Simulation (CE2105)
  • Reaction Kinetics (CE2106)
  • Introduction to Particle Processing (CE2111)
  • Engineering Materials (ME2019)
  • Energy Supply (ME2042)

Optional Modules

  • Catalytic Process Technologies (CE2112)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year. 

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)

Final Year

Core Modules
  • Process Economics and Loss Prevention (CE3001)
  • Advanced Process Design (CE3003)
  • Sustainability Project (CE3012) 
  • Particle Processing (CE3013) 
  • Reaction Engineering (CE3102)
  • Process and Pollution Control (CE3104)
  • Advanced Seperation Processes (CE3105)
  • Advanced Transfer Processes (CE3106)
  • Process Computation (CE3021)
Optional Modules
  • Energy Efficiency (ME3023)
  • Advances in Biomaterial Science (CH3102) 
  • Nanomaterials (CE3112)
  • Catalysis (CH3010)

Our excellent links with the chemical industry allow you to test and expand your knowledge, skills and understanding with a paid twelve month professional placement. It will provide integrated industrial and professional training, often in a position of responsibility, in areas such as the design, development, commissioning or operation of a chemical plant.  

We will help arrange your placement for you or in conjunction with your sponsoring company. We will also provide opportunities for you to visit companies, undertake commercial project work and compete for sponsorships and prizes. 

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Aston placement students also qualify for our £1,000 placement allowance for that year.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy.

Our graduates have a strong record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor to the global chemical industry. Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering/consultancy positions with companies including: Procter and Gamble, Stone and Webster, BP, ExxonMobil, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever, AMEC, British Energy, Kappa, Mowlem, BT, Corus and Pfizer.

Further information about careers and salaries for graduate Chemical Engineers can be found at:

Dr Sukhvinder Phull
Dr Eirini Theodosiou
Dr Andrew Sutherland
Prof Brian Tighe
Dr Paul Topham
Dr Qingchun Yuan
Dr Petra van Koningsbruggen
Dr Jiawei Wang
Dr Georgios Kyriakou
Dr Wei Li
Dr Jude Onwudili
Dr Rob Evans
Dr Xi Yu
Dr Katie Chong
Dr Daniel Nowakowski
Dr Marta Granollers-Mesa
Dr Zhentao Wu
Dr Zoran Visak
Dr Paul Tack
Dr Dave Walton
Dr Ignacio Melian-Cabrera
Prof Sahar Al-Malaika

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400

Interested? I'd love to hear from you

Dr Sukhvinder Phull, Programme Director

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