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The MEng in Chemical Engineering is shaped by the ongoing needs of industry, while focusing on the traditional disciplines of oil, gas and petrochemical production.

You’ll get the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to operate in a range of industry sectors, learning in a research-informed, multidisciplinary environment.

Your studies will give you a deep understanding of fundamental and advanced technical principles such as:

  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • mass and heat transfer
  • chemical reactions
  • process control
  • safety, health and environment

You’ll also gain practical experience with analytical tools, and the competencies required to apply this knowledge in industry.

The first three years of the MEng programme share the same curriculum as the BEng. The final fourth year provides additional focused study, and enables you to emerge with a Master’s degree.

Chemical Engineering at Bradford has extensive links to industry. Our Lecturers are actively working on research projects with industry, with recent research projects linked to leading pharmaceutical, oil, gas, petrochemical and advanced material engineering companies.

Chemical Engineering received 94% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

Programme options

We also offer a 5-year version of the MEng which includes a ‘sandwich’ placement year in industry. The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional engineer.

You may also be interested in our BEng Chemical Engineering programmes. We offer a 3-year version of the BEng and a 4-year version with sandwich year.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the IChemE.

The accreditation will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.


Chemical Engineering at the University of Bradford is ranked 4th in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2020.

Entry requirements

Typical offer – 112 UCAS tariff points.

We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing your application. It’s not just about your grades; we take the time to understand your personal circumstances and make decisions based on your potential to thrive at university and beyond.

A levels

To include A-level Maths and Chemistry minimum grade C.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 (2010-2016)
Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 28) at minimum Merit.
A Level Chemistry C.

BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016)
‘Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems’ (Unit 7) AND ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’ (Unit 8) at minimum Merit.
A Level Chemistry C.

Applicants on Access Programmes

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering – must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths and 12 credits in Chemistry at minimum Merit.

International Baccalaureate requirements

112 UCAS tariff points to include HL Maths and Chemistry at grade 5.

Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus minimum of

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »

CIFS entry requirement

If you are an International student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies

80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to AS Level Grade C.

UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus:

  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Progression requirements for degree programme

An overall average of at least 50% and at least 55% in Foundation Mathematics 2 plus at least 55% in Foundation in Chemistry.

Course Content

All module information is subject to change.

First year


Design, Build and Test (ENG4006-B)

Mathematical Methods and Applications (ENM4004-B)

Engineering Materials (ENG4007-B)

Electronics and Mechanics (ELE4013-B)

Computer Aided Engineering (ENB4002-B)

Thermofluids (ENG4008-B)

Second year


Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (ENM5005-B)

Mass Transfer Operations (CPE5004-B)

Reaction Engineering (CPE5005-B)

Chemistry for Engineers (CHE5001-B)

Transport Processes (CPE5008-B)

Engineering and Chemical Thermodynamics (CPE5009-B)

Third year


Chemical Engineering Design Project (CPE6007-D)

Control Engineering (CPE6008-B)

Process Design (CPE6005-B)

Reliability and Safety Engineering (ENB6009-B)


Sustainable Energy (ENG6005-B)

Project Management and Six Sigma (ENB6010-B)

Petroleum Engineering (CPE6006-B)

Final year


Advanced MEng Research Project (CPE7010-D)

Desalination Technology (CPE7002-B)

Transport Phenomena (CPE7011-B)

Upstream Production and Refinery Operations (CPE7007-B)


Food and Pharmaceutical Processes Engineering (CPE7004-B)

Polymer and Materials Engineering (CPE7012-B)

Water and Waste Water Treatment (CSE7013-B)

Risk Assessment and Management (ENB7007-B)

Supply Chain Management and Production (ENB7008-B)

Oil and Gas Management (CPE7013-B)

Career prospects

The chemical and allied industry is expected to grow more rapidly than the average for the whole of manufacturing industry. This, when coupled with the increasing appreciation of the value of chemical engineering in many areas such as the foodstuffs and pharmaceutical industry, metals extraction, medical science, and environmental protection, means your prospects as a graduate are bright. Recent graduates have gained employment at organisations including:

  • Unilever
  • Lorien Engineering Solutions
  • Pladis Global
  • IMI Precision Engineering
  • British Sugar
  • KPMG

Starting salaries of graduates in chemical and process engineering are relatively high, and later career chemical engineers are amongst the best paid of the engineering specialisms.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 MEng Chemical Engineering graduates was £25,250.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Learning and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied – a mixture of:

  • formal lectures
  • practical lab sessions
  • tutorials and seminars
  • group work
  • computer based learning
  • coursework
  • poster and oral presentations

Independent study is supported by our virtual learning environment, Canvas. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the course provide all the support you may need.

Assessments will include formal exams, class tests, lab reports, coursework, research reports, computer based assessment, quizzes, poster and oral presentations. Practical skills are assessed via individual and group technical reports with the laboratory work linked with the taught modules.







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