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Year of Entry 2019/20

Chemical Engineering

Full-time Engineering

From pharmaceutical to petrochemical, materials or food, learn how to apply chemical engineering to a range of industries.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4 / 5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 128 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? H810
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain a strong engineering background alongside building additional skills in leadership and management.
  • Undertake a development project where you apply research methods, originality and experience in dealing with new concepts and/or applications.
  • Learn to identify the limitations of current practice, and recognise the potential impact of new developments.

Using modern lab equipment to practice fundamental chemical engineering principles, undertaking project work, real life research and chemical process plant design, you will graduate with the right skills and experience needed to succeed professionally in the engineering industry.

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How you learn

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Watch course leader Dr Abhishek Asthana talk about this course.

There is an emphasis on practical work as part of this course. Sessions in laboratories will help you see and feel the principles taught in the classroom. Classroom teaching is delivered by expert academics who also work in industry and are involved with leading scientific research.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • lab sessions
  • computer simulations
  • projects
  • guest lectures
  • group work
  • independent research
  • simulated experiments

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Abhishek Asthana
Dr Abhishek Asthana
Reader in Energy Engineering, Director of Hallam Energy, Deputy Director of DTA Energy (University Alliance).

Abhishek leads three courses at Sheffield Hallam: BEng Energy Engineering, BEng Chemical Engineering and MEng Chemical Engineering

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Live projects

You're encouraged to gain practical experience through reverse engineering projects and cover other important associated subjects, such as the health and safety requirements of the industry. You will work on group and individual projects to develop your skills in applying your knowledge to chemical engineering problems.


We offer plenty of support outside the classroom by allocating you an academic tutor and through organising drop-in sessions where you can meet academics without appointment for a variety of support relating to your assignments, projects, exams, maths, English, statistics, computing and programming so no one is left behind.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • the petrochemical industry
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • power generation and utilities
  • food manufacture
  • new material development

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • distillation columns (batch and continuous)
  • absorption and desorption rig
  • mass transfer in liquid and gaseous systems
  • centrifuge
  • transport equipment
  • fluidized bed
  • advanced reactors (batch, continuous, fractionation, supercritical fluid, pyrolysis and gasification)

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 128

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics and physics or chemistry). For example:

  • ABB at A Level including relevant subjects.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include relevant subjects and may include AS levels and EPQ

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Foundation - pass from the preparatory year of our Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics, depending on academic performance

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We will consider applicants who have studied other areas individually. Please contact us for more information.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Chemical Engineering Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Chemical Process Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Chemistry For Chemical Engineers Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Engineering Materials Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Transport Phenomena Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Chemical Process & Plant Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Chemical Process Modelling, Instrumentation & Control Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Chemical Reaction Engineering & Thermodynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Chemical Engineering Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Transport Phenomena Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Unit Operations & Separation Processes Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Batch Processes Credits: 20
Module: Design & Commissioning Group Project Credits: 40
Module: Environment & Safety Credits: 20
Module: Fluid Modelling In Chemical Engineering Credits: 20
Module: Reactor Design Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Process Control Credits: 15
Module: Advanced Process Design Optimisation Credits: 15
Module: Advanced Reaction Engineering Credits: 15
Module: Research Project Credits: 60
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Chemical Environment Management Credits: 15
Module: Particle Processing And Powder Handling Credits: 15

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Engineering courses (PDF)

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