Chemical Engineers develop the industrial processes behind many of the products that make up the modern world, from ice cream to clean water, and from penicillin to biodegradable plastics.  Our courses are interdisciplinary, giving you a firm understanding of chemistry, biotechnology, maths, computing and physics, alongside business and leadership skills, and opening the door to a wide range of rewarding careers.

At Chester, you will study on our specialist science and technology campus, Thornton Science Park, alongside many engineering firms based on-site, and in the midst of the wider North West chemical industries. 

Thornton Science Park campus  Diesel Engine for undergraduate teaching
Students in first-year chemical engineering laboratory class  Chemical Engineering Department

See more photographs of our department and campus and also our undergraduate practical classes by following these links to our image galleries.

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), our three-year BEng in Chemical Engineering allows you to explore the innovative processes that help make the world a cleaner, safer and more sustainable place to live.

We also offer a four-year MEng in Chemical Engineering that covers both fundamental and advanced aspects of chemical engineering, alongside project management and research skills.

Students on each course have the opportunity to spend a year in industry before their final year of study.   A Foundation Year course is also available.

Work placements are a key aspect of our course, with all students completing placements during their time here.  A £1,200 bursary is awarded to all first-year students upon submitting a placement report. 

“Matt and Joe did a first class job looking at how we can optimize the efficiency of our heat exchangers and granulation process, respectively. We are keen to have them back again this year.”

Mr Mike Walton, Technical Manager at the nearby CF Fertilisers ammonia plant was so impressed with the first year placements done by students Joe Cholmondeley and Matthew Allman that he has invited them back for their second year placements.

“I was delighted to be offered several placements and I chose one at Mexichem because it is a global chemical business that offered a very interesting project and has a site near the university.”

Abby King is looking forward to her first year placement which she secured after attending our industrial ‘speed dating events’ in which students had 5 minutes to talk to companies looking for chemical engineering placement students.







We also support graduate students pursuing research and offer PhD and MRes degrees.  The state-of-the-art experimental and high performance computing facilities, the interdisciplinary culture and the specialist supervision make the department an exciting place in which to begin research.   Prospective applicants with good first degrees in Chemical Engineering or related disciplines should contact Prof. Stephen Wilkinson in the first instance.

To get a feel for what life as a student at the Universiry of Chester would be like, see the video below to hear what first-year Chemical Engineering student Adeeb Mohammed has to say about his Chester story.