Undergraduate degree course Chemical Engineering BEng H800:

Chemical Engineering is dynamic and evolving. It provides many solutions to problems facing industries in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, oil, energy and food and drink sectors. It is vital to many issues affecting our quality of life; such as better and more economical processes to reduce the environmental burden, and more delicious and longer lasting food due to the right combination of chemistry, ingredients, and processing.

Birmingham is a friendly, self-confident, School which has one of the largest concentrations of chemical engineering expertise in the UK. The School is consistently in the top five chemical engineering schools for research in the country.

It has a first-class reputation for learning, teaching, and research, and is highly placed in both The Guardian and The Times league tables.

Course Details

This course has been designed to be relevant to the needs of modern industry and to produce graduates who have the personal and intellectual qualities to be successful in their chosen careers. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to play leading roles in a professional capacity in both industry and academia, and thus able to deal with issues at the forefront of the discipline. Once fully qualified you will:

  • have a systematic and diverse knowledge of modern Chemical Engineering, which embeds biochemical engineering, sustainable processing, and environmental impact
  • work effectively as a Chemical Engineer in a professional capacity
  • understand novel developments and problems at the forefront of the discipline
  • evaluate current research critically, and be original in the application of your knowledge
  • be self-motivated and work autonomously
  • apply your technical knowledge and intellect to solve Chemical Engineering problems
  • make sound engineering judgments in the absence of complete information
  • use transferable skills to communicate effectively and work as part of a team
  • take responsibility for your continuing personal and professional development
  • have the fundamental grounding required to take you to the next part of your journey to becoming a professional chemical engineer.


The chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, energy, and food industries are amongst the wealthiest and can afford to pay top salaries to high-flying graduates from accredited courses such as ours. Manufacturing and other areas of science and technology, such as environmental protection or sustainable energy, also have employers with large power bases where great careers can be forged. Other areas that favor the skills you will acquire are finance, law, and marketing as well as teaching and/or research; all vital areas of society requiring input from the finest young minds.

Superb opportunities exist for you to gain industrial experience before you graduate and a rich vein of expertise will be available for you to tap into to help you to find employment:

At School-level, you can opt to add a year to your programme, whatever the course you are studying, and spend this time on placement in industry. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in serious projects which ask searching questions that require good engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job. On successful completion of a placement in industry organized by the School, and success in your studies, you will be awarded the Certificate in Industrial Studies to add to your degree and improve your employability prospects.

At University-level, our unique careers guidance service is tailored to academic subject areas, offering a specialized team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team sources exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognizes your extra-curricular activities and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Whichever of the above forms of careers guidance, or combination of such, you select you will find your prospects for employment after graduation considerably enhanced. If you make the most of the wide range of careers advice we can offer, you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Cost & Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17 are as follows:

  • £9,000 (Home/EU students)
  • £18,000 (International Students)
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
3 weeks
9,000 GBP
£9,000 (Home/EU students) / £18,000 (International Students)
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