Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H800
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Chemical Engineering Engineering

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Undergraduate admissions team
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7576
Email cbe-ug@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/cbe

Course description

This course is about the design and operation of processes for making products such as food, fuels, medicines, plastics and the basic materials for high technology industries.

You will spend a lot of time learning practical skills and building up experience through lab work, projects and industrial visits.

At some point in the first two years, you'll take the Global Engineering Challenge, working as part of a team with students from other engineering disciplines, and coming up with creative solutions to problems.

In the third year, you'll work as part of a team again, on a design project. Some of these projects are developed with industrial partners such as Nestlé, GSK, Proctor and Gamble and BASF.

The course is also available as a three-year BEng. Either qualification is good for your career prospects, but the MEng takes your study to a more advanced level.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including Maths and a science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including Maths and a science subject and excluding general studies and critical thinking + A in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science subject
BTEC DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A Level Maths grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Maths and a science subject
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA including Maths and a science subject in both
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in Maths and a science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Science subjects include: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Electronics, Environmental Science, Computer Science or Further Maths
  • A Level General Studies and Critical thinking not accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Mathematics (Chemical)
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Chemical Principles
Fluid and Particle Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Principles of Chemical Engineering 1
Principles of Chemical Engineering 2
Engineering with Living Systems 1
Global Engineering Challenge Week
Skills for Employability - Level 1

Second year

Core modules:

Mass Transfer and Separation Processes
Engineering with Living Systems 2
Experimental Investigation
Introduction to Biopharmaceutical Engineering
Process Control
Process and Product Design
Reaction Engineering 1
Mathematics III (Chemical)
Engineering - You're Hired
Skills for Employability - Level 2

Third year

Core modules:

Process Design Project
Reaction Engineering 2
Science of Formulated Products
Systems for Sustainability
Transport Phenomena
Skills for Employability - Level 3

Optional modules:

Biopharmaceutical Engineering
Biorefineries
Electrochemical Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Fourth year

Core modules:

Research Project
Advanced Process Modelling and Simulation for Design
Computational Modelling

Optional modules:

Advanced Materials
Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Particle Design and Processing
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmaceutical Engineering

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 28%
Independent study 72%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 42%
Coursework 46%
Practical 12%

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Diamond

We're accredited by the IChemE and the Energy Institute, putting you ahead on the path to chartership.

We combine intensive teaching with practical experience to produce the kind of graduates employers want.

You'll be taught in the Diamond (pictured), one of the very best teaching spaces in the UK. This unique facility will provide you with a safe environment in which you'll apply your learning from lectures, tutorials and labs on larger scale process equipment through hands-on experimentation.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering website

What our graduates do

Our graduates work in sectors including chemicals, consumer goods, oil and gas, consultancy, pharmaceuticals, energy, water, food and drink, materials, process plant and equipment, biotechnology and the nuclear industry.

We produce chemical engineers equipped to work in industrial teams designing and operating new processes. Our recent graduates are working for global companies including BASF, Cargill, Johnson Matthey, GlaxoSmithKline, BOC, Shell, EDF, Total Lindsey and Sellafield.

Student profile


"Being able to pick my own modules and choosing how I could direct my own learning was really enjoyable and made it feel like it was a more personalised degree."

Emma Parkin
Graduate, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Energy Institute. That means you won't have to sit an entry exam to earn Professional Membership and CEng status.

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Email cbe-ug@sheffield.ac.uk

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