School of Engineering

Chemical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

Modern society relies on the work of chemical engineers, they help to manage resources, protect the environment and maintain stringent health and safety procedures, whilst all the while developing the processes that make the products we desire or depend on.

Modern society relies on the work of chemical engineers, they help to manage resources, protect the environment and maintain stringent health and safety procedures, whilst all the while developing the processes that make the products we desire or depend on.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code H846
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BEng (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University Telford Campus
  • School School of Engineering
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Why choose this course?

Modern society relies on the work of chemical engineers, they help to manage resources, protect the environment and maintain stringent health and safety procedures, whilst all the while developing the processes that make the products we desire or depend on. Wolverhampton’s chemical engineering course provides for a deep understanding of chemical processes and also the products resulting from industrial chemical reactions.

On the course, you will learn how raw materials can be transformed into useful products in a safe and cost effective way. For example petrol, plastics and synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon, all come from oil. Chemical engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, to create a range of products as diverse as food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

The course covers energy resource exploitation and management, industrial practices and processes, chemical thermodynamics and reaction engineering, process design and control, health and safety, protection of the environment, and petroleum and chemical refining.  Our course is aimed squarely at producing engineers.  We will ensure you have the correct balance of underpinning science, mathematical skill and core chemical engineering to ensure that you will have second to none employment qualities and expectation.  If you think you’d like to specialise a little earlier on in your studies then please see our other courses: Chemical Engineering with Chemistry (UCAS code H810) and Chemical Engineering with Pharmaceutical Science (UCAS code H81A).

Chemical Engineering is studied at City Campus in Wolverhampton.

Watch our video below featuring staff and students from Chemical Engineering here at the University of Wolverhampton.

What happens on the course?

Chemical Engineering at Wolverhampton is industry focused and aims to prepare students to tackle the challenges facing the chemical and allied industries in the 21st century.  The central theme of the course is to make you an engineer.  To do this we have designed, along with IChemE and in consultation with some of the UK’s leading Universities and global companies, a 21st century curriculum for 21st century students and at the end of the process to produce 21st century engineers.

The teaching schedule is broadly split into three parts.  We will provide the underpinning science and mathematics and give you an introduction to what chemical engineering really is and the global impact it can have.  We’ll then give you a deep understanding of how chemical engineers solve problems and the vital knowledge required to make products and process raw material efficiently and cleanly.  We’re then going to challenge you to design your own processes and methods of manufacture.  We’re going to help you discover how the physical world works and ultimately what sort of engineer you want to be and how you get there.

The curriculum includes:

Year 1    

Principles of Chemical Engineering
Principles of Organic   Chemistry    
Engineering Mathematics    
Unit Operations    
Engineering Materials
Thermodynamics and Fluids    
Year 2    

Transport Processes    
Fluid Mechanics and Multiphase Systems    

Mathematical Modelling     
Unit Processes    
Reaction Engineering    
Petroleum Chemistry and Refining
Year 3    

Design Project    
Safety and Engineering Practice    
Environmental Engineering    
Process Dynamics and Control     

Opportunites for team building activities.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

As a discipline Chemical engineering remains the second best paid career in the UK.  Only dentists are paid more – and I never fancied staring at people’s tonsils for a living!  Why are Chemical Engineers paid so well?  Its because Chemical engineers are employed across a huge variety of sectors including: 

Chemicals and allied products, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Water, Food and drink, Materials, Mining and minerals, Oil and gas, Process plant and equipment, Biotechnology, Business and management Consultancy. A career in chemical or biochemical engineering includes excellent job prospects especially in the pharmaceutical or Oil and Gas sectors. More than this the UK offers competitive starting salaries in the region of £28,500/y, but can give high earning potential throughout your career, which could be global. Why? It’s because at the centre of Chemical Engineering is the ability manufacture and create wealth and provide benefits for people and the planet. 

Wolverhampton wants to give you your first step on that path and support you whilst you find the direction you want your life and career to take.  We believe this is best achieved by creating engineers with knowledge of science and not the other way round.  We understand the greatest hurdles to efficient manufacture are engineering based and not reliant on the materials alone.  We’re not alone in our thinking.  If you look at the strongest department across the UK – Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham and Imperial – they all share the same ethos. Look at it from another angle, the major employers in the UK all employ chemical engineers because of the skill sets and analytical abilities they have. At Wolverhampton we’ll help you develop these skills.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Under the direction of the IChemE, The University of Wolverhampton established a new chemical engineering degree programme in 2015. The new course is set within the Science base of subjects at the Wolverhampton’s City Campus and offers exceptional resources and support for would be chemical, petroleum and process engineers.  We have set our sights on being one of the premier courses for chemical engineering courses in the midlands and the UK as a whole.  Our students already appreciate our engineering focus. They understand where their underpinning chemistry and physics end the challenges of manufacturing engineering and global scale production begin; they also have been introduced to where their degree studies might take them and they’re excited.

Our history may be short but it is glorious; we were established as one of only a handful of new courses in the whole of the UK.  This was a real coup for Wolverhampton and helps form a real powerhouse of chemical engineering education in the West Midlands. The new department is embedded within the School of Engineering, which has just received an injection of over £10m for new facilities and laboratories. However, Chemical Engineering also sits along side other new courses in Chemistry and Physics and has strong teaching and research links with the Mathematics department. These strongly allied subjects now deliver a coordinated scheme of Physical Sciences education to the region and the country. To help the delivery of our STEM courses we have just completed new Chemical Engineering Design Centre, along with a brand new specialist laboratory just for Chemical Engineering. The design centre offers Chemical and Petroleum Engineering students a dedicated space with industry standard software, technology and support. In addition to the facilities in Engineering Chemical, and our site in Telford, our students are also taught in the new £25m Rosalind Franklin building which is a regional centre of excellence in science teaching and research.

The aim is for our graduates to be ready for employment. To help this achieve this goal we provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition, we are constantly building and maintaining links with regional, national and international employers and regularly have speakers from prominent industries and other academic partners. Indeed, several highly experienced industrial experts hold honorary and visiting positions with us; and regularly share their experience and knowledge with our students.

Wolverhampton as a whole offers a vibrant, up to date learning environment, which is supported by the community, where the University and our dedicated and enthusiastic staff want to see our students succeed. This along with the latest polls of salary scales for petroleum and chemical engineering make Wolverhampton the place to be. “Engineers took seven of the top ten spots in NACE’s April survey, which is based on data from 400,000 US employers. Petroleum engineers earned the most with an average starting salary of £60,323. Chemical engineering graduates in the US were ranked third, after computer engineers, with a healthy starting salary of £43,612.”

We believe in supporting our students whilst they learn. This means we offer:

  • All core textbooks for first and second year are available electronically and in the university learning centres
  • Software licences for industry standard software are available across the campus
  • All Personal Protective Equipment provided free of charge
  • Free UK field trips
  • For every student, up to four years of student membership/associate entry for the IChemE is paid for by the department

Our design centre

Chemical Engineering Design Centre

Wolverhampton Chemical Engineering has established its self as department that is already proud of its engineering heritage. The course has been constructed to deliver Chemical Engineers into the UK and global workplaces.  We strongly take the ethos that our students will leave us with a skill set to make a difference to the manufacture of world changing materials and processes.  We will teach you the underpinning chemistry and thermodynamics but then we will put this knowledge into an industrial / engineering / 21st century context.  We will make you ready for the final, all-important, 3rd year design project.  You will be able to design the whole of a chemical manufacturing plant: you will understand the chemistry; you will understand how to control the reaction rate; you will know which are the controlling transport processes you need to monitor.  But more than this, the plant you design will be efficient, it will be profitable, it will be green.

To achieve this we will ensure that right from Year 1 you have an engineer’s skill set and knowledge toolbox to call upon.  We’ll provide lectures that are research and case study based and supported by tutorials which focus the understanding gained at lectures and make it relevant to contextual / industrial situations.

We will arrange seminars to enable exchange of ideas and knowledge with peers and with tutors.  Experts and industrialists from across the UK and beyond will give many of these seminars.  These experts in their field will show you the potential future that a degree in Chemical Engineering can give you either here in the UK or beyond.

University of Wolverhampton has just spent £1/3 million on its specialist Chemical Engineering laboratories.  These, along with the brand new £25 million chemistry laboratories and our new £10 million manufacturing facilities out at Telford will develop your practical skills, information gathering and data-handling.  Indeed in the final semester you’ll be let loose on one our new pilot rigs and asked to explore how they work, the underpinning physics, which control them and the limitation a true engineer must provide solutions for.  We promise you won’t just get to see the equipment you will be hands on. You’ll learn valuable and practical research skills, problem solving, data analysis and evaluation and research data presentation. 

In addition we will make sure you interact with chemists, mathematicians, physicists and mechanical and electrical engineers.  We’ll ensure you see and use the latest in computational fluid dynamics and additive layer manufacture methods.  We have, and you will use, industry standard software packages.  This is one of our promises to you: that you won’t just be told about them, we will teach you to use them right from day one. Why? Because the industry that will employ you expects you to use and understand them from day one and they may pay you handsomely if you do.

Here in Wolverhampton we’ll also guarantee that we’ll going to push you to your limit and beyond what you thought you were capable of.  You’ll enjoy it and get a better degree because of it!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13450 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

Additional Course Costs

3 x field trip level at Level 5 & 6 - each trip costs £150

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

  • 112 UCAS points
  • A Level - BBC, including Maths with minimum grade B and Chemistry with minimum grade C.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DDM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access to Science HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at

English language requirements also apply

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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