Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H860
Duration 4 years
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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

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.

You'll spend the third year of your degree studying at one of our partner institutions in Australia or New Zealand. With support and guidance from us, you'll choose modules from their curriculum. You'll also carry out an in-depth research project, before returning to Sheffield in the fourth year.

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 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 DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths
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
  • Technology subjects include Textiles, Food Production, Product Design, Systems and Control Technology and Technology and Design
  • 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 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 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

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:

Study Year in Australasia

Fourth year

Core modules:

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

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

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