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Chemical Engineering with a Year in Australasia MEng

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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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.

Our graduates work across all fields of chemical engineering, including biological and pharmaceutical engineering and are well-equipped for a future in digital manufacturing.

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.


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 directly.

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Title: Chemical Engineering with a Year in Australasia MEng course structure
UCAS code: H860
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Mathematics (Chemical)

This module aims to reinforce students' previous knowledge and to develop new basic mathematical techniques needed to support the engineering subjects taken at levels 1 and 2. It also provides a foundation for the level 2 mathematics courses in the appropriate engineering department.

20 credits
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

This unit covers the principles of thermodynamics with applications in chemical engineering. The basic concepts are revisited and the first and second laws of thermodynamics are discussed in detail. Thermodynamic cycles and property relations are investigated. The requirements for chemical and physical equilibria are examined, and their response to changes in composition, temperature and pressure.

15 credits
Chemical Principles

An introduction will be provided to the key concepts from physics and chemistry that are fundamental to an understanding of the way chemical processes and systems operate. Key topics include stoichiometry, physical chemistry, equilibria and kinetics, organic chemistry, units and dimensions, statics, kinetics, electricity and energy. Emphasis throughout is placed on application of concepts, to prepare students for core chemical engineering courses.

15 credits
Fluid and Particle Mechanics

This unit aims to introduce basic fundamentals of fluid and particle mechanics. It includes the properties of fluids, ideal flow and flow measurement, laminar and turbulent flow, boundary layer development and pipe flow, both with and without particles in fluids. Dimensional analysis will be included for characterising flow regimes. Material is illustrated using problems associated with chemical engineering practice.

15 credits
Heat Transfer

This module aims to provide a comprehensive background into the study of heat transfer for chemical engineers. Students will develop skills in the design of practical heat transfer equipment with emphasis on chemical processes.

15 credits
Principles of Chemical Engineering 1

This course aims to develop knowledge and expertise in basic principles of chemical engineering design. It begins with developing and applying process synthesis method to design a chemical process and get familiar with flow sheeting over a range of equipment and processes encountered in industry. This is then extended to the development of material balances as applied to a wide range of chemical processes such as crystallisation, distillation columns, evaporators, reactors and boilers.

15 credits
Principles of Chemical Engineering 2

This course aims to develop knowledge and expertise in basic principles of chemical engineering design. In the Spring semester, the module is extended to the development of energy balances as applied to a wide range of chemical processes such as mixers, distillation columns, evaporators and reactors. The module also provides elementary techniques for the evaluation of vapour-liquid and gas-liquid equilibria, and gives an introduction to the unit operation - distillation.

15 credits
Engineering with Living Systems 1

This module is an introduction to biological engineering covering the basics of host cell systems (bakers yeast, E. coli) exploited within the biomanufacturing industry i.e. cell types, structure, function. The working of the cell will be introduced; cell chemistry (biochemistry) and cell structure (macromolecules). These will be described in terms of products (e.g. protein biopharmaceuticals, fatty acid fuels), cell cultivation (basic and industrial microbiology, fermentation) and methods to improve cell productivities e.g. metabolic engineering, synthetic biology. Modelling of fermentation processes will be expanded through enzyme catalysis and Michelis Menten kinetics and linked to applications e.g. departmental relevant research.

10 credits
Global Engineering Challenge Week

The Faculty-wide Global Engineering Challenge Week is a compulsory part of the first-year programme. The project has been designed to develop student academic, transferable and employability skills as well as widen their horizons as global citizens. Working in multi-disciplinary groups of 5-6, for a full week, all students in the Faculty choose from a number of projects arranged under a range of themes including Water, Waste Management, Energy and Digital with scenarios set in an overseas location facing economic challenge. Some projects are based on the Engineers Without Borders Engineering for people design challenge*.

*The EWB challenge provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations.

Skills for Employability - Level 1

This module is designed to help students in planning their career development, and to equip them with the essential knowledge, know-how and practical skills needed to succeed in the recruitment process and be competitive in the job market.The information in this form applies to all three levels of the Skills for Employability module.

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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment


Our teaching puts engineering practice at its core with integrated laboratory activities, computer modelling and simulations, and hands-on activities in our state-of-the art pilot plant all supporting your lectures and tutorials.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

We're an international department with 45% of our academic teaching staff coming from overseas, giving our course content truly international relevance. Many of our staff have key links with major industry including AstraZenca, Shell, BOC, Process Systems Enterprise and MedImmune.

Programme specification

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including Maths and a science or technology subject and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including Maths and a science or technology subject

A Levels + additional qualifications | AAB, including Maths and a science or technology subject and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking + A in a relevant EPQ AAB, including Maths and a science or technology subject and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking + A in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science subject 34, 6,5 in Higher Level Maths and a science or technology subject

BTEC | DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A Level Maths grade A DD in Engineering or Applied Science + B in A Level Mathematics

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAAAB + AA, including Maths and a science or technology subject in both AAABB + AB, 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 B + AA in Maths and a science or technology subject

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 credits at Level 3 with Distinctions in 39 Credits, to include Mathematics and science units, + 6 credits at Merit + Grade A in A level Mathematics 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 credits at Level 3 with Distinctions in 36 Credits, to include Mathematics and science units, + 9 credits at Merit + Grade A in A level Mathematics

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English language requirements

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 4/C; 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

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • Technology subjects include Textiles, Food Production, Product Design, Systems and Control Technology and Technology and Design

  • Science and Technology subjects include Chemistry, Design and Technology, Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Electronics, Environmental Science, Computer Science or Further Maths

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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, 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.


The Diamond Pilot Plant (DiPP) is the cornerstone for educating the Sheffield chemical engineer. The plant has three cutting edge integrated manufacturing processes at a pilot scale. Its software and products are sponsored by major industrial companies including, GEA, Solaris Biotech and NiTech and is also used to up-skill employees of UK companies.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Number 1 in the UK for research environment and top 5 in the UK for chemical engineering output

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Graduate careers

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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.

Graduate Dan Smith

Your career aspirations won’t just be given to you – you have to make important decisions yourself and find out what makes you tick.

Daniel Smith MEng Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology

Dan is working for Wood Plc, a consultancy (primarily oil and gas) company, as a Process Engineering Assistant.  The breadth of modules covered on the course and the ability to specialise was one of the reasons Dan chose Sheffield. 

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