Modern society relies on the work of chemical engineers, they help to manage resources, protect the environment and control health and safety procedures, while developing the processes that make the products we desire or depend on. This chemical engineering course provides for a deep understanding of chemical processes and also the products resulting from chemical reactions.
On the course, you will learn how raw materials can be transformed into useful products in a safe and cost effective way. For example petrol, plastics and synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon, all come from oil. Chemical engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, to create a range of products as diverse as cosmetics and fuels.
The course covers energy resource exploitation and management, industrial practices and processes, chemical thermodynamics and reaction engineering, process design and control, health and safety and protection of the environment, and petroleum and chemical refining.
Chemical Engineering is studied at City Campus in Wolverhampton.
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Chemical Engineering at Wolverhampton is industry focused and aims to prepare students to tackle challenges facing chemical and allied industries in the 21st century.
There are modules in the programme reviewing specialist issues of sustainability and life cycle engineering of products and processes addressed holistically and concurrently. The programme will also teach Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Technology and Processes providing opportunity to address topics on resource efficiency management, material utilisation principle, energy management and waste minimisation which are topical in the present day Process and Manufacturing Engineering environments.
Principles of Chemical Engineering
Principles of Physical Chemistry
Thermodynamics and Fluids
Unit Operations and Separation Processes
Fluid Mechanics and Multiphase Systems
Process Operations and Separation Processes
Environmental Sustainability and Life Cycle Engineering
Safety and Engineering Practice
Petroleum Chemistry and Refining
Process Design and Control
Specialist subject option:
Manufacturing Processes and Technology
Energy - Conventional and Renewable
Structured Products and Soft Solids
Computional Fluid Dynamics
Oil and Gas Management
Opportunites for team building activities.
Under the direction of the IChemE, The University of Wolverhampton established a new chemical engineering degree programme in 2015. The new course is set within the Science base of subjects at the Wolverhampton’s City Campus and offers exceptional resources and support for would be chemical, petroleum and process engineers.
The establishment of the course, one of only a handful of new courses in the whole of the UK, was a real coup for Wolverhampton and helps form a real powerhouse of chemical engineering education in the West Midlands. The new department is embedded within the School of Engineering, which is currently receiving an injection of £10m for new facilities and laboratories. However, Chemical Engineering also sits along side other new courses in Chemistry and Physics and has strong teaching and research links with the Mathematics department. These strongly allied subjects now deliver a coordinated scheme of Physical Sciences education to the region and the country. To help the delivery of our STEM courses we have just completed new Chemical Engineering Design Centre, along side brand new specialist laboratories. The design centre offers Chemical and Petroleum Engineering students a dedicated space with industry standard software, technology and support. More developments to extend the specialist laboratories are planned for 2016/17. In addition to the facilities in Engineering Chemical, and our site in Telford, our students are also taught in the new £25m Rosalind Franklin building which is a regional centre of excellence in science teaching and research.
Our aim is for graduates to be ready for employment. We provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition, we are constantly building and maintaining links with regional, national and international employers and regularly have speakers from prominent industries and other academic partners. Indeed, several highly experienced industrial experts hold honorary and visiting positions with us; and regularly share their experience and knowledge with our students.
Wolverhampton offers a vibrant, up to date learning environment, which is supported by the community, the University plus a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who want to see our students succeed. This along with the latest polls of salary scales for petroleum and chemical engineering make Wolverhampton the place to be. “Engineers took seven of the top ten spots in NACE’s April survey, which is based on data from 400,000 US employers. Petroleum engineers earned the most with an average starting salary of £60,323. Chemical engineering graduates were ranked third, after computer engineers, with a healthy starting salary of £43,612.”
We believe in supporting our students whilst they learn. This means we offer:
Chemical engineers are employed across a huge variety of sectors including:
Chemicals and allied products, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Water , Food and drink, Materials, Mining and minerals, Oil and gas, Process plant and equipment, Biotechnology, Business and management Consultancy.A career in chemical or biochemical engineering includes: Excellent job prospects especially in the Oil and Gas sector, Competitive starting salaries in the region of £28,000/y, High earning potential throughout your career
Design / Research projects enhancing practical research skills, problem-solving abilities and competencies to analyse, evaluate and present research data.
An IChemE accredited BEng will provide partial fulfilment of the necessary academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status set by the Engineering Council UK for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Chartered Engineers enjoy excellent prospects, enhanced employability and high salaries.
Chemical Engineering at Wolverhampton is still classed as new and has not yet had any students graduate. Chemical engineering degrees from Wolverhampton have not been put forward to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for accreditation as this cannot be undertaken until the first cohort of students has graduated. It is intended that accreditation by IChemE will be sought in 2018. If the degree programmes meet IChemE accreditation criteria then the qualifications will be accredited at either Bachelor or Masters level to include all cohort entry dates so far. For further information please contact the department.
Student membership of IChemE
For every student up to four years of student membership/associate entry for the IChemE is paid for by the department. So if you're studying chemical engineering at undergraduate level you can join online and start enjoying the benefits of student membership today. http://www.ichemeoncampus.org/student-membership.aspx
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.