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BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

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Key information


BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2022


Chemical and Environmental Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2, 4+0

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

Introductory video


Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three year degree programme, or a four year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email global@nottingham.edu.cn.  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum requirements for our preliminary year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any element
  • PTE Academic 59 (minimum 53)
  • TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in speaking)

The minimum requirements for our qualifying year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65)
  • TOEFL iBT 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “admission” is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. If your parents or guardians provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

The BEng Chemical Engineering course will equip you with core scientific and engineering knowledge, practical laboratory skills, team working, problem solving and other transferable skills needed to pursue careers as professional chemical engineers, as well as a diverse range of other career options.

By the time you graduate, you will have the expertise to work at a professional level and with your international experience, you will be in demand from a range of industries including energy, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and environmental services, as well as government agencies around the world.


Course structure


The Chemical Engineering degree programme has been accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Accreditation by IChemE is valued internationally, providing assurance for potential employers that as a graduate you are equipped with a range of sought after professional skills.

As well as receiving the accreditation from IChemE, in 2017 the BEng Chemical Engineering programme was approved by the Department of Education of Zhejiang Province as a 13th Five Year Plan Provincial First-Class Discipline, offering yet further recognition of the excellence in chemical engineering education that this programme offers.

Year 1 modules


The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Year 2 modules


The chemical engineering and environmental engineering courses share a common first year programme, and so at the end of the year you can elect to transfer between them. The transition to university studies is carefully managed, with extensive staff support and formative feedback mechanisms.

The qualifying year takes students with backgrounds in science and maths and introduces the fundamental engineering sciences including heat & mass transfer and fluid mechanics. Safety and environmental aspects are also covered, as are the development of professional skills. Learning is enabled through a variety of methods from problem-based learning to tutorials and laboratory classes.

Typical qualifying year modules

Fundamentals of Engineering Design

Fluid Mechanics

Process Engineering Principles 
Chemistry for Engineers Mathematical Methods for Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Introductory Geology

Thermodynamics And Heat Transfer    

Year 3 modules


Part 1 year is spent developing the fundamental engineering sciences into the key processes and operations that are common within chemical engineering, such as reaction engineering, separations, plant design and computer systems. Laboratory work is a major component of year one, with greater exposure to industry and cutting-edge research. Safety and environmental aspects are an important part of year two, which also sees you becoming more independent in your approach to learning.

Typical part 1 year modules

Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers

Separation Processes 1

Particle Mechanics

Fundamentals of Process Control

Interfacial Chemistry

Chemical and Phase Equilibria

Probabilistic and Numerical Techniques for Engineers

Plant Design

Engineering Materials

Waste Management

Process Engineering Project

Analytical Measurement

Year 4 modules


In part 2, the skills and knowledge already gained are applied to more practical engineering problems. Laboratory exercises are more open-ended, using large-scale and industrial equipment. Project management, business and finance are covered with significant amount of input from industry.

Part 2 students undertake a group design project, which simulates a commercial environment where companies tender for a design contract. Projects are industry driven and allow you to develop and demonstrate the skills and competencies necessary to be professional chemical engineers.

Typical part 2 year modules

Design Project

Process Engineering Laboratories

Multicomponent Separations

Reactor Design

Industrial Process Analysis

Process Simulation 1

Process Dynamics and Control

Advanced Transport Phenomena

Biochemical Engineering


Careers and further study

The majority of our graduates continue with careers as design engineers, operations engineers and environmental engineers.

Prospective Industrial Careers for Chemical Engineering

Chemicals and Applied Products

Food and Drink

Materials and Products



Fuels and Energy Production

Mining and Minerals

Technology and Consulting


Global Engineering & Project Management

Oil and Gas



Further study

The most common further study destinations for Chemical Engineering graduates include the University of Nottingham, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

Among the 29 graduates from BEng Hons Chemical Engineering in 2020, 27 chose to continue their studies. 85.2% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world. One graduate was admitted into PhD programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

2021 QS World University Rankings



7 University of Cambridge 1
8 Imperial College London 11
10 University College London 7
11 National University of Singapore 1
25 Johns Hopkins University 1
30 University of California, Berkeley 1
35 New York University 1
  Total 23



Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

Room 222, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. admissions@nottingham.edu.cn

International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. global@nottingham.edu.cn
T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. fose_global@nottingham.edu.cn

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