Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H840
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Chemical Engineering Energy 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

If you're interested in sustainability and a low carbon future, then this course could be for you.

As well as learning the fundamentals of chemical engineering, on this course you'll take specialised modules dealing with the supply, production, transport, storage and use of energy.

You'll study the environmental and sustainability problems associated with the burning of fossil fuels alongside clean energy systems and ways to reduce energy demand and use.

The science of low carbon energy and the production of energy from biomass and waste are key components of the course. You'll graduate ready to make a contribution to solving the energy problems of the future.

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, a science or technology subject and excluding general studies and critical thinking
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including Maths and a science or technology 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 or technology subject in both
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA in Maths and a science or technology subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Science subjects include: Chemistry, Design and Technology, 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
Electrochemical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Reaction Engineering 2
Science of Formulated Products
Systems for Sustainability
Transport Phenomena
Skills for Employability - Level 3

Fourth year

Core modules:

Research Project
Advanced Process Modelling and Simulation for Design
Computational Modelling
Energy Systems and Management
Petroleum Engineering

Optional modules:

Introduction to Fuels and Energy
Nuclear Reactor 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 43%
Coursework 46%
Practical 11%

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Diamond

All of our courses are accredited by the IChemE and some by 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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