Course details

A Levels BBB-BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code H801
Duration 5 years
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Related subjects Chemical Engineering Engineering

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Telephone +44 114 222 7870
Email sefy@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/sefy

Course description

If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for an engineering degree, a foundation year is for you. After successfully completing the foundation year, which has modules in mathematics, physics and chemistry, you can start the MEng degree.

You'll learn about the design of processes and products that produce, transform or transport materials and energy. We'll develop your technical, research and problem-solving skills to give you the best start for a career in the sector of your choice.

We give significant emphasis to learning through practical experience. You'll develop practical skills and build up experience through lab work, projects and open-ended problem solving. Our pilot plant gives you the chance to apply what you learn in lectures and labs on larger scale process equipment through hands-on experimentation. This unique facility is designed to prepare you for the challenges of industry.

In your third year you'll take part in a process design project, which will give you the design skills you need to succeed as a chemical engineer.

In your fourth year you'll carry out an independent research project under the supervision of one of our academic staff, and specialise in an area that interests you.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

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 BBB - BBC, dependent on subjects studied
International Baccalaureate 32 - 31, dependent on subjects studied
BTEC DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + GCSE 6/5 in Science and 7/A in Maths + successful completion of a maths test
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2 - M2 M2 M3, dependent on subjects studied
Scottish Highers AABBB - ABBBB, dependent on subjects studied
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+BB - B+BC, dependent on subjects studied
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 7/A, GCSE Science grade 6/B and successful completion of a Maths test are required for BTEC Extended Diploma, Access to HE Diploma and A Level applicants without A Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Please contact the department for more information.
  • A Level applicants with A Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology, GCSE Maths 6/B and Science grade 6/B are required.
  • Accepted GCSE science subjects include: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Core Science, Additional Science, Dual Science (BC), Triple Science (BCC)
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Diamond

Chemical engineers conceive and design processes to produce, transform and transport materials - beginning with experimentation in the laboratory followed by implementation of the technology in full-scale production.

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

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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