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Chemical Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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    You'll study in Sheffield for your first three years, learning about the design and operation of processes for making products such as fuels, medicines, plastics, food and materials for high technology industries. You'll also learn about the production and use of energy.

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

    We place significant emphasis on 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.

    Between years three and four you'll go on an engineering placement in industry. You'll grow your network, put your academic studies into context and get to grips with working practice in industry, all improving your skills and making you more employable.

    You'll be supported in finding your placement with help from the departmental careers team and the faculty employability team.

    This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Energy Institute and fully meets the academic requirements for Professional Membership and CEng status.


    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Chemical Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng
    UCAS code: H804
    Years: 2022, 2023

    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.


    Our courses use a range of teaching and assessment modules aligned to the topic being taught. Teaching methods include lectures, integrated lab sessions, tutorials and project work; assessment methods include written examinations, online assessment and project submission.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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    Entry requirements

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    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 + A in a relevant EPQ AAB, including Maths and a science or technology subject + A in a relevant EPQ

    International Baccalaureate | 36, with 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science 34, with 6, 5 in Higher Level Maths and a science

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

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

    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, including Distinctions in 39 credits (to include Maths and science units) and 6 credits at Merit + grade A in A Level Maths 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including Distinctions in 36 credits (to include Maths and science units) and 9 credits at Merit + grade A in A Level Maths

    Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

    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
    • Science or Technology subjects include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Environmental Science, Further Maths, Physics and Design and Technology (including Textiles, Food Production, Product Design, Systems and Control Technology)

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    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 2022
    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 2020, 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.

    Lucy Sherbrun

    Take advantage of everything the university and department have to offer!

    Lucy Sherburn MEng Chemical Engineering

    Lucy received a global scholarship and attended a semester in South Korea and she spent her third year in the University of Pittsburgh. She is now a graduate engineer at the UK's leading heat network consultancy.

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    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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