Department of Chemical Engineering

As the need for new products, new processes and new technological approaches continues to grow in the global economy, so the role of the chemical engineer evolves and increases with it. Our primary mission is to prepare tomorrow’s chemical engineers with the fundamental skills to develop their future professional lives.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is located on Thornton Science Park, a centre for state-of-the-art teaching and research offering a unique blend of industry and academia.  Previously home to a Shell UK exploration and research centre, the site’s takeover by the University allows academic and industrial researchers to continue the tradition of world-class innovation and research on a site at the heart of the North West chemical industries.

Students benefit from outstanding laboratories furbished with modern equipment, as well as our close links with a wide range of industrial and commercial partners, both on-site and nearby. Our goal is to provide our students with professional skills and a unique educational experience on a site where cutting-edge industrial research is taking place.  We offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere to help students develop the potential to become leaders in their areas.

All students complete work placements during their degree.  We offer a bursary of £1,200 for all completed first-year placement reports, while many first and second year students also secure paid placements for the rest of the summer.  Student placements are at least four weeks in duration and require students to work full-time alongside industrial or academic staff. 

Engineering library facilities are excellent, both on the Thornton engineering site and on the Chester Campus, where Engineering students will have their accommodation and recreational facilities.  Many of our first year students qualify for guaranteed University accommodation. Regular transport to and from the Thornton site is provided by the University.

Staying loyal to our “no hidden costs” philosophy, the Faculty of Science and Engineering covers in full the following costs:

  • All core textbooks for first and second year
  • Software licences provided for academic use
  • All PPE equipment provided by the Faculty
  • Lab coats, safety glasses, ear defenders, steel toe cap boots etc
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • Photocopying/Printing costs at annual allowance
  • Student membership of professional institutes

Our students are involved in various STEM activities via the STEM Outreach Programme running within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. For the full programme of outreach events offered, please follow the link here.

A wide range of bursaries and scholarships are available, according to the University of Chester policy on student financial support.  These provide financial assistance for eligible students and include University-wide schemes as well as specialist bursaries and scholarships for engineering, science and mathematics students.  In addition, all incoming first years on the BEng and MEng Chemical Engineering degrees receive a £500 bursary.

The University of Chester has a 175-year history of innovation and creativity in teaching, learning and research and we are committed to achieving excellence and employability for students registered on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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