Chemical Engineering: University of Birmingham

Javascript is required to view this map.
Chemical Engineering: University of Birmingham, Chemical Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Biochemical Engineering
3 years for BEng, 4 years for MEng
Scholarship and Grants

+44 (0) 121 414 5354
+44 (0) 121 414 5377


Courses available

  • Chemical Engineering BEng/MEng
    UCAS code: H800
  • Chemical Engineering (International Study) MEng
    UCAS code: H801
  • Chemical Engineering (Industrial Experience) MEng
    UCAS code: H802
  • Chemical and Energy Engineering BEng/MEng
    UCAS code: H803
  • Chemical Engineering with Business Management BEng/MEng
    UCAS code: H8ND

Chemical Engineering at Birmingham has an excellent reputation for teaching and research. We have consistently achieved excellent ratings in league tables and provide diverse, yet balanced courses enabling our graduates to gain employment in a wide range of industries. The skills we teach could help you join the professional engineers who are on the boards of more than 80 of the FTSE Top 100 companies.

They have one of the largest concentrations of chemical engineering expertise in the UK, reflected in our top 6* rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Teaching is provided by lecturers who are global experts in their field, with multi-million pound investment providing leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories. The department has its own state-of the-art computer cluster and brand new e-learning suite.

They have strong links with key companies including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, bp, ConocoPhilips, ExxonMobil, Cadbury Trebor Bassett, AstraZeneca, Johnson Matthey and GlaxoSmithKline. These links provide visiting lecturers as well as work placements and projects for our students.

Chemical Engineering is dynamic and evolving, and our courses are continually evolving too. For example, we have recently introduced a Chemical and Energy Engineering programme (H803). This new course has been introduced to address the immediate need for engineering graduates with expertise in energy to help industry move to an appropriate mix of established and new technologies. Students will learn about conventional, nuclear and sustainable resources and consider their economic and environmental impact.

First year

The first year of our programmes is broad in scope. The fundamentals of chemical engineering are introduced and you can learn about other engineering disciplines – or a foreign language. Transferable skills are developed and you have the opportunity to attend a residential course in the Lake District. IT skills are taught in our purpose-built computing facility.

Second year

Themes begun in the first year are developed to the standard you need as a professional engineer. At the end of the second year, you can opt to study for one further year and be awarded a BEng degree at the end of the third year. However, the majority of successful students opt to study for an additional two years for an MEng degree, which allows new choices to be introduced, such as spending time abroad or in industry.

Third year

The third year develops the chemical engineering fundamentals further, to graduate level. All students undertake an industry-linked design project which enables them to put into practice all of the skills they have gained.

Fourth year

In the fourth year you can develop subjects taken in previous years to greater depth, and also take options in associated subject areas, such as biochemical, food and pharmaceutical engineering. You also undertake a research project through which you develop advanced laboratory and scholarship skills.

Year abroad

H801 (International Study) students spend the third academic year studying at a prestigious university either in English at an English-speaking university (eg, Melbourne, Ontario, Singapore or one of the Universitas 21 group) or at a non-English speaking university (eg, Madrid, Rome, or Nancy).

Year in industry

H802 (Industrial Experience) students spend a semester in industry in their fourth year. Alternatively, students may take a gap year either pre-university or at the end of their second year and attain the Certificate in Industrial Studies.

Teaching and assessment

The courses are delivered as lectures, small group workshops, laboratories and tutorials.  Assessment methods used are examinations, written assignments and laboratory and project reports. A strong emphasis is placed on project work (design and research projects) in Years 3 and 4.

Career opportunities

Their produce graduates who can function in today's fast-changing marketplace, and your career prospects will be excellent. Most graduates work as chemical engineers in the oil, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and food and drink sectors. However, some find work in non-traditional roles; for example in accountancy, in the City or in IT industries. Some graduates go on to postgraduate study.

Professional accreditation

All the Chemical Engineering programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Entry requirements

  • Number of A levels required: 3
  • Typical offer: AAB–ABB
  • Required subjects: A level Mathematics and A level Chemistry
  • General Studies: not accepted
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 32–34 points including Mathematics and Chemistry at HL

Other qualifications are considered – see the entry requirements section for full details

Additional information

  1. H8ND incorporates the Business Management Minor – a co-ordinated suite of modules delivered by the Birmingham Business School, occupying one-third of each year.
  2. H801 includes a year studying abroad
  3. H802 incorporates a semester in industry
  4. H803 incorporates the Energy Engineering theme
  5. A Petrochemical Engineering specialism is available.
  6. A Foundation Year is also available.

Related links

Contact details

For general information about open days

Main University Switchboard

  • Postal Address: The University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT
  • Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344
  • Fax: +44(0)121 414 3971


Student Recruitment

International Relations

People who viewed 'Chemical Engineering: University of Birmingham' also found interest in following institutions . . .