Chemical Engineering

We are a highly active, research intensive community of more than 20 full-time academic staff plus research students, postdoctoral research fellows and visitors from all over the world.

Why choose to study chemical engineering with us?

We have a leading reputation

Top 10 in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2019)
12th in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Times Good University Guide 2019)

This is reflected in every single one of our degrees

...and research opportunities

We're passionate about chemical engineering...and it shows!

Chemical Engineers are fantastically well-placed to tackle some of the global challenges facing us over the next 50 years.

We are committed to developing the chemical engineers of the future by providing essential knowledge and training in the sciences, technology, management and communication disciplines.

With a vibrant and exciting community of academic staff, postdoctoral research fellows and influential visitors from all over the world, our postgraduate students have the opportunity to be involved in the latest developments and research within the process industries.

We have a strong and growing research programme

The Department delivers cutting edge research which aims to tackle global challenges expected over the next 50 years. This includes the commercial production of stem cells, smarter disinfection of hospital wards, novel drug delivery methods, advanced water treatment and continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.

The Department focuses on three multidisciplinary research areas, which are Biological Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Micro/Nano-Materials Engineering.

We have an enterprising culture within the Department through our successful industrial collaborations, spin-out companies and knowledge transfer partnerships. We have close working relationships with AstraZeneca, BP, British Sugar, Carlsberg, E.ON, Exxon, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo and Unilever to name but a few.

We have a strong and growing research programme with world-class research activities and facilities for teaching, focusing on industry’s and society’s needs. We work closely with other University departments in multidisciplinary research as well as with industry and with researchers in universities worldwide

Callum Mawer

Callum Mawer

Advanced Process Engineering MSc

I have also found undertaking research to be both enjoyable and interesting, adding a different perspective to my studies in Chemical Engineering

There are lots of ways for you to get involved and increase your skillset

We offer a range of activities that may appeal to your interests for you to get involved with outside of your studies. A popular society is the Engineers Without Borders Society, which is great if you're interested in engineering, international development, technology or if you just want to try something new! We also have a variety of volunteering projects, including a fantastic STEM project where you can become a Science Engineering Ambassador. This role involves visiting local Schools to encourage young people to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities. It is a rewarding experience and will be great if you are interested in a future with science, engineering and teaching.

David Odetade

David Odetade

PhD Student

I have the opportunity to attend seminars and conferences, which enables me to network with people doing similar work all over the world.

You'll have access to fantastic facilities across campus

Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help students throughout their studies and fully-equip them for their future endeavours.

We have excellent quality laboratories and services for both bench and pilot scale work, complemented by first-rate computational and IT resources, and supported by mechanical and electronic workshops.

We are housed in a purpose built facility including a 395m2 multi-story mezzanine pilot plant and excellent quality laboratories and services for both bench and pilot scale work. The facility is complemented by first-rate computational and IT resources and has a number of mechanical and electronic workshops. Students will also benefit from a new £17 million state-of-the-art STEMLab, which contains brand new engineering, sciences, materials and bio laboratories.