BEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Chemical engineering is concerned with designing and managing processes to carry out molecular transformations at large scale, in order to provide the products and materials we all need. Chemical engineers take raw materials and turn them into useful products via chemical or biological reactions.

As part of the BEng Chemical Engineering degree you'll study a range of core material incorporating the fundamentals of chemical engineering. The technical aspects of chemical engineering revolve around managing the behaviour of materials and chemical reactions. This means predicting and manipulating compositions, flows, temperatures and pressures of solids, liquids and gases. You will discover how to understand and describe chemical, physical and biological processes using mathematical equations, as well as learning about and getting hands-on experience of using the equipment and techniques applied in industry for large-scale manufacturing.

The third year Design Project is a key component of our courses. Working in teams students undertake an open ended project to design a complete production process. Sustainability is embedded within the design project, with examples including the sustainable production of chemicals such as propylene oxide and ethylene glycol and succinic acid production from waste.

Our student design project groups have won the IChemE's Macnab-Lacey Prize three times since its introduction in 2011. The prize is awarded to the student design project which best demonstrates how engineering can contribute to a more sustainable world.

At Manchester process safety and sustainability are also studied in depth. You will develop skills that will be of great use to you in your future career, such as team-working, problem-solving, communication and the use of information technology.

All of our degree programmes are fully accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the global professional body for chemical engineers.

Teaching and learning

At The University of Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in chemical engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We use a combination of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and problem based learning, which are supported by lecture podcasts and supplementary video tutorials.

Coursework and assessment

Our degrees are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, with taught modules typically composed of 20% coursework and 80% written examination.

Our first and second year laboratories are assessed by a range of methods to develop the complementary transferrable skills that will be vital in the workplace, for example:

  • Technical report
  • Presentation
  • Interview
  • Poster display

The third year Design Project is assessed by group and individual design reports, a group presentation and an individual interview, with peer assessment being also incorporated.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Engineering Mathematics 1 CHEN10011 10 Mandatory
Engineering Chemistry CHEN10022 10 Mandatory
Process Fluid Flow CHEN10031 10 Mandatory
Process Engineering Fundamentals CHEN10041 10 Mandatory
Computational Methods for Chemical Engineering CHEN10050 10 Mandatory
Laboratory Projects 1 CHEN10060 10 Mandatory
Engineering Mathematics 2 CHEN10072 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics CHEN10081 10 Mandatory
Process Heat Transfer CHEN10092 10 Mandatory
Chemical Engineering Design Project CHEN10122 10 Mandatory
Engineering Biotechnology CHEN10162 10 Mandatory
Chemical Thermodynamics CHEN10192 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Laboratory Projects 2 CHEN20020 20 Mandatory
Engineering Mathematics 3 CHEN20041 10 Mandatory
Modelling and Optimization CHEN20051 10 Mandatory
Solids Processing CHEN20061 10 Mandatory
Distillation & Absorption CHEN20072 10 Mandatory
Process Integration CHEN20082 10 Mandatory
Momentum, Heat & Mass Transfer CHEN20112 10 Mandatory
Chemical Reactor Design CHEN20141 10 Mandatory
Process Safety CHEN20152 10 Mandatory
Materials Science and Mechanical Design CHEN20191 10 Mandatory
Process Design & Simulation CHEN21112 10 Mandatory
Solids Processing CHEN20061 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Design Project 3 - Part 1 CHEN30012 10 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 2 CHEN30022 25 Mandatory
Process Synthesis CHEN30031 10 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 3 CHEN30032 10 Mandatory
Catalytic Reaction Engineering CHEN30051 10 Mandatory
Advanced Engineering Separations CHEN30071 10 Mandatory
Process Control CHEN30091 10 Mandatory
BEng Design Project 1 CHEN30132 10 Mandatory
BEng Design Project 2 CHEN30142 25 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 3 CHEN30152 10 Mandatory
Batch Processing CHEN30321 10 Mandatory
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Scholarships and bursaries

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science offers The Morton Award for International Excellence and George Davis Awards for Academic Excellence. For further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit the scholarship information pages.


The Department has excellent facilities with well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, modern lecture theatres, and dedicated computer suites.

You'll be able to put theory into practice on industrial scale equipment , providing opportunities to learn using industry standard equipment, such as our Siemens PCS7 process control system, which will help you understand the practical problems of controlling processes on an industrial scale.

We also have a large undergraduate teaching laboratory in which you'll conduct smaller-scale experiments, ranging from investigating transient heat transfer and fluid flow to producing biofuel, learning how to plan and undertake experimental work as well as how to analyse the data obtained.

Disability support

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