Chemical engineering applies science to the design, construction and operation of processes used to change raw materials into useful everyday products. Food and drink. Pharmaceuticals. Fertilisers. Energy. Fuels. A chemical engineering degree will give you excellent job prospects and equip you with skills that are easily transferable across industry sectors.
Hull is the ideal location to study chemical engineering. We’re in a region with a high concentration of process industry companies - BP, Total, Phillips 66, Smith & Nephew, RB and many more are right on our doorstep.
Our courses have a strong chemistry content, allowing you to pursue a subject you enjoyed at college.
Right from your first year, you’ll get the chance to do process safety training. This is highly valued by employers and helps you to stand out in the jobs market. The training is delivered by a professional company and includes visits to one of the UK's best training facilities.There, you can experience life as a chemical engineer, using real equipment and operating procedures to identify the type of hazards you could come across in your career. Back on campus, you can oversee a real-time 3D simulation of a chemical process plant in our virtual control room.
Our third-year design project - in which you work in a team designing a chemical plant - is sponsored by some of the biggest names in the industry. Croda, Cristal, INEOS, Vivergo and BP Acetyls have all supported this capstone project and provided prizes for the best project.
We pride ourselves on the friendly, supportive atmosphere we create for our students. Our open-door policy makes it easier for you to speak to your lecturers and get help with your studies. Throughout your studies, you’ll have a personal supervisor. They’re your main point of contact, there to help you throughout your studies.
We encourage all our students to get work experience while they are at university. With so many potential employers on our doorstep, you are in the ideal place to secure industry experience. We can’t guarantee you a place at a company but our careers team will work hard to help you find the right opening.
Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and meet the academic criteria for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The MEng options give you the mandatory four years of study that you need for accreditation as a Chartered Engineer.
All of our students get free membership of the IChemE and the Energy Institute – giving you the chance to visit local employers, listen to expert speakers and network with local employers.
How you'll study
Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.
6 reasons to study Chemical Engineering at Hull
1.Study in the heart of the process industry
2.Process safety training from industry experts
3.Access to the leading CATCH* training facility
4.Industry-sponsored third-year design project
5.Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
6.Option to spend a year in industry
*CATCH (Centre for Assessment of Technical Competency – Humber) offers realistic equipment, physical environment and operating procedures.
Your future prospects
Research and development engineer
Whether you choose to manage projects, develop products or improve processes, a varied career is open to you – and that could be anywhere in the world. Our students go on to work at companies such as Associated British Foods, Croda, Smith and Nephew, Ineos, RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), BP and Siemens Gamesa.
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Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff but must include at least 80 points from
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma;
Irish Leaving Certificate;
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
Applicants should have an A-Level in Maths and Chemistry at Grade C or above. Applicants taking the reformed A Level must also Pass the practical element (chemistry).
IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Maths and Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science or Engineering based Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at merit or higher, including 18 credits at merit in Maths.
BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: Engineering including merit in Maths for Engineers and Further Maths for Engineers. You will also need to achieve an A-Level in Chemistry at Grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Calculus and Further Engineering Mathematics. You will also need to achieve an A-Level in Chemistry at Grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Maths for Engineers and Applied Mathematics for Engineering. You will also need to achieve an A-Level in Chemistry at Grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.
This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill.
If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.