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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Chemical Engineering H810
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 22 September 2025

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Bachelor of Engineering

A Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) is a bachelor’s degree awarded for an undergraduate programme in engineering.

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Course overview

Chemical Engineers create innovative solutions to some of our world’s greatest problems. They are involved in making medicines, safe water treatments, renewable energy and so much more. Our Chemical Engineering course focuses on sustainable solutions, hands-on learning, and industry experience. It will prepare you for a career in tackling global challenges.

Introduction

If you want to make a real difference in addressing the world’s major challenges including sustainability, climate change, food security, and ensuring good health for all, then chemical engineering is for you. It will equip you with skills and knowledge that are in high global demand and that can really change the world! Chemical engineers play a pivotal role in how we all live, working across societies and industries worldwide to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Chemical engineering enables you to use a unique mix of your creativity, knowledge and problem-solving skills to make our planet a better place.

Yvonne Baker OBE, CENG, MICHEME, Chief Executive Officer of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (ICHEME)

Our Chemical Engineering programme* offers an exciting blend of learning experiences, delivered by leaders in their field. Teaching the fundamentals of Chemical Engineering through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and seminars equipping you with the skills, attitudes, and experience demanded by 21st century engineering and society.

You’ll learn in a modern, well-equipped environment that fosters world-class digital innovation including our Active Learning Laboratories. You will also gain unique skills operating our pilot plant facility. You will join the UK professional chemical engineering community from day one because we will sign you up for student membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and cover the fees for the duration of your degree course.

Years One and Two are shaped to give you an understanding of the theory and skills needed to become a successful Chemical Engineer. As you progress into Year Three, you will focus on more advanced topics such as process safety alongside the all-important Design Project. We give you everything you need to walk out of the door to begin your professional journey toward charted engineer.

This programme is available from September 2025, subject to approval. The modules listed are an indication of what will be studied, though may be subject to change.

*pending approval and accreditation

What you'll learn

  • Underpinning science and mathematics of engineering systems
  • Advanced information technology
  • Collaborative engineering design
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Quantitative risk assessment and economic analysis
  • Creative problem solving and critical thinking

Accreditation

As a new programme, our Chemical Engineering courses are pending accreditation by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).  This degree has been designed in consultation with the IChemE and industry experts, and will be fully accredited (subject to approval) in 2028 as soon as students from the first cohort graduate.

This is the first step in becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

We’re proud to announce we’ve been awarded a Gold rating for educational excellence.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Year one gives students the scientific principles that underpin the practice of professional chemical engineering. You’ll also get a fast-track, activity-based introduction to the key principles of engineering design requiring teamwork and communication.

Compulsory modules:

  • ENGG151: Chemical Engineering Design Principles 1
  • ENGG152: Chemistry and Biochemistry for Engineers
  • ENGG153: Soft Matter Science
  • ENGG111: Professional Engineering: A Skills Toolkit
  • ENGG198: Engineering Mathematics
  • ENGG116: Energy Science

Compulsory modules

Professional Engineering: a skills toolkit (ENGG111)

Credits: 30 / Semester: whole session

This module aims to provide students with an interesting and engaging project that will help them to immediately relate the material being taught,both within and without this module, to a practical problem that is identifiable to their engineering discipline, thus reinforcing its relevance to the topixc.

The module:
1) Seeks to provide students with an early understanding of the preliminary design processes
2) Will introduce students to formal engineering drawing and visualisation
3) Will expose the students to group work and the dynamics of working in a team
4) Will expose students to the complexity of an engineering design task
5) Will enable students to develop data analysis and plotting skills
6) Will embody an approach to learning that will engage the students for the remainder of their lives
7) Seeks to provide students with an early understanding of the detail design and manufacturing process
8. Will introduce students to industry standard computer aided engineering drawing tools and practice
9. Will enable students to develop report writing and oral presentation skills
10. Will provide students with a basic understanding of engineering components and mechanisms
11. Will embody an approach to learning that will engage the students for the remainder of their lives

Engineering Mathematics (ENGG198)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

To provide a basic level of mathematics including calculus and extend the student’s knowledge to include an elementaryintroduction to complex variables and functions of two variables.

Energy Science (ENGG116)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

To develop an understanding of the basic principles of fluid mechanics, the laws of thermodynamics, and an appreciation of how to solve simple engineering problems. To develop skills in performing and reporting simple experiments.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Year in industry

Year in industry placements give you an in-depth workplace experience where you can develop your skills and apply your learning.

  • Develop key employability skills that graduate employers are looking for
  • Experience and understand workplace culture and disciple
  • Understand the relationship between academic theory and real world application
  • Begin your professional network
  • Gain industry insight and insight into potential career options.

You don't need to decide now - you can choose to add a year in industry after you've begun your degree.

To spend a year in industry, you'll need to secure a placement with an organisation. If you're unable to find a placement, you'll continue with the standard version of the course without a year in industry.

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Study as a master's degree

This course is also available as a four year MEng programme.

View Chemical Engineering MEng

Your experience

You’ll study in the School of Engineering, which hosts modern, world-class teaching and learning facilities. This includes the Active Learning Laboratories, which feature manufacturing robots and prototyping facilities, and the brand-new chemical engineering pilot plant. You’ll also have access to industry-standard engineering software.

ou can join The Liverpool Engineers Society – the largest academic society at the university. They host frequent social, sporting and networking events, trips and promote graduate placement opportunities. Your IChemE student membership will also give you access to meetings of the North-West and Chester and North Wales IChemE member groups.

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Careers and employability

Chemical Engineering graduates have excellent employment prospects and attract some of the highest starting salaries of all the engineering disciplines. You will graduate with the technical and professional skills to pursue an exciting career in a wide range of industries, that can take you all over the world.

The average salary for early-career chemical engineers is £30,000 (source IChemE). Salaries for chartered chemical engineers can be significantly higher, for example, the average salary for chartered engineers with an undergraduate degree is around £78,500. (source: IChemE via www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/chemical-engineer).

 The University of Liverpool is one of the most targeted universities by top employers, according to The Graduate Market 2024, High Fliers Research, meaning our graduates are in demand.

Qualifying with a Chemical Engineering degree from Liverpool will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to explore opportunities in many sectors. Modern Chemical Engineers work in a wide variety of industries including:

  • Fine Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Goods, Food and Drink
  • Clean Energy, Hydrogen Economy, Nuclear and Sustainable Fuels
  • Biotechnology, Water & Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery.

Our engineering graduates are also highly sought-after by other industries for their analytical, communications, management, business and IT skills. Some are thought leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs delivering solutions in diverse areas, from treating diseases to tackling climate change.

Here, in the North-West region, there are many world-leading employers of Chemical Engineering graduates including:

  • Unilever
  • Heinz
  • United Utilities
  • Sellafield Limited
  • AstraZeneca.

For more career inspiration visit www.thechemicalengineer.com/tags/career-paths/.

£78,500 is the average salary for chartered chemical engineers.

ICHEME via prospects.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £27,200
Fees shown are for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that the Year Abroad fee also applies to the Year in China.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to provide tuition fee discounts and help with living expenses while at university.

Check out our Liverpool Bursary, worth up to £2,000 per year for eligible UK students. Or for international students, our Undergraduate Global Advancement Scholarship offers a tuition fee discount of up to £5,000 for eligible international students starting an undergraduate degree from September 2024.

Discover our full range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAA

Narrowly missed the entry requirements on results day?

Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is AAB with A in the EPQ.

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to complete a foundation year which would allow you to progress to this course.

Available foundation years:

T levels
GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
Subject requirements

Maths, Chemistry and one additional subject.

International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

Preferred subjects

We look for students who have completed A-levels in Maths, Chemistry and one additional subject.

 

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)

See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

7 June 2022: New course pages

New course pages launched.