BEng Chemical Engineering (with a Year Abroad)

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Chemical Engineering at Swansea University

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Course Overview

BEng Chemical Engineering

As a student on the Chemical Engineering course, you will be prepared to meet the needs of modern process engineering. Chemical engineers design, operate and optimise chemical and physical processes that turn raw materials into valuable products for human use. They also use their skills to dispose of the by-products generated by these processes in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

This professionally accredited degree will equip you with knowledge and skills across the full spectrum of chemical engineering topics, allowing you to keep your career options open. Modules build on established chemical engineering areas with application to energy, health, food, water and the environment.


You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International Scholarships

Key Features

  • 6th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • 6th in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 7th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 97% of students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE)
  • World-leading research finding solutions to the world's water shortages
  • Year in Industry + Year Abroad schemes available
  • Our Pilot Chemical Laboratory contains fifteen pilot-scale rigs, which over a wide range of unit operations. The Chemistry Laboratory has bench-scale experiments providing you with the fundamental skills realting to various aspects of basic chemical and process engineering.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemical Process Principles
EG-101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Chemical and Environmental Engineering Laboratory
EG-103Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Heat Transfer
EG-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemical Engineering Skills
EG-117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Analysis 2C (Chem, Env & Med)
EG-118Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Analysis 1C (Chem, Env & Med)
EG-160Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fluid Mechanics 1
EG-169Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Environmental Awareness for Engineers
EGA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Process Analysis and Design
EGA109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introductory Organic Chemistry
EGA110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
EGA114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemical Engineering Science

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Separation Processes
EG-203Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biochemical Engineering I
EG-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Reactor Design
EG-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Instrumentation Measurement and Control
EG-208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Process Design and Simulation
EG-210Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Thermodynamics of Process Design
EG-211Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fluid Flow
EG-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Process Modelling
EG-220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Process and Pilot Plant Operations A
EG-230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Process and Pilot Plant Operations B
EG-285Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Statistical Techniques in Engineering

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-R01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Study Abroad (Engineering)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Safety and Loss Prevention
EG-3062Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Process Equipment Design, Selection & Control
EG-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Particulate Systems
EG-337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reactor Design II
EG-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Separation Processes II
EG-386Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Engineering Management
EGA323Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Energy and Low Carbon Technologies
EGA326Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Chemical Engineering Design Project
EGZ300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Environmental Engineering Practice


The objectives of the Chemical Engineering programme are:

  • To build engineering skills of critical importance when working in industry, including the ability to break a complex engineering problem into its component parts, to sketch/model engineering solutions, to work in a multidisciplinary team, to be able to understand and prepare technical reports and to be able to present your work in a clear and concise manner.
  • To provide students with a solid background in the design and analysis of chemical and other processes.
  • To build awareness of current design practices through the use of the latest engineering standards
  • To build critical awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of different design approaches when facing an engineering problem, including aspects such as environmental constraints, economy, ethics and health and safety.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the BEng Chemical Engineering course are:

AAB-BBB at A level (including Mathematics).

Other recommended subject include:
Further Mathematics
Design Technology

Variable offers made dependent on subjects studied and all applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account.

Or 32 at IB to including 5 at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level Mathematics and 4 at Higher Level or 5 at Standard Level English Language.

Students studying for BTEC qualifications in relevant subjects require D*D*D* - D*D*D, to include B at A Level Mathematics.  If they are not taking A Level Mathematics, they must achieve a minimum D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules of the BTEC. Students are also required to have minimum two A grades at GCSE, to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student.

Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have studied access or vocational qualifications, you are advised to apply for the Integrated Foundation Year.

If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, with a high overall score.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BEng Chemical Engineering course as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the BEng Chemical Engineering course as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng Full-time £9,000 £19,000

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Students on this course will need to meet the costs of the item below:

  • Pair of safety boots for industrial site visits. £20 maximum cost.

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.


The BEng Chemical Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the educational requirement for Further Learning for Engineering Council registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Study on an accredited degree will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

IChemE internationally accredited degree IChemE accreditation:

  • Assures you that the course will give you a solid professional grounding in the subject
  • Assures you the teaching will be of a high standard, relevant, with appropriate practical content and appropriate contact hours from fully qualified academic staff
  • Meets the needs of employers
  • Includes internationally accepted standard process safety and sustainability content
  • Provides a foundation for you to aim for the prized Chartered Engineer status

Year Abroad

Students on a BEng 4-year degree scheme, which includes a year abroad, will be able to study at a partner university after their second year, and before their final year.

As a student on a Year Abroad course, you will select the university where you will spend your year abroad by submitting three choices to the course coordinator at the College of Engineering.

This information is then forwarded to the International Development Office at Swansea University so that exchange places can be allocated across the University.  There is a combination of Engineering specific and University-wide links available. University-wide links are subject to availability and negotiation as they service the entire institution, in principle.

The year abroad has to be passed in order to progress. Our study abroad schemes are not credit bearing in the sense that they do not act as substitutes for study in Swansea; so a standard 3-year BEng becomes a 4-year BEng with a year abroad.

To find out more about links to our partner institutions, visit the Global Opportunities website.

For more information on tuition fees during your Year Abroad, visit

Students are liable for the following costs:

  • Accommodation
  • Meal plans (depending on institution)
  • Health insurance (depending on destination)
  • Flights
  • Visa/Study permit