Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A levels (2020 entry)
    BBB=BCC to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC*
    DDM, plus 2 A levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B. *See below for more details
  • International Baccalaureate
    31 points overall and above with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and Maths at Grade 5
  • GCSE
    English Grade C/4 and Maths Grade C/4
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Placement Stories: Robert, BEng Chemical Engineering

Placement stories from 4th year students of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University. Robert worked for British Sugar in the Operations Department during his placement.

Chemistry at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)

Internationally recognised for research

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Ranked 14th in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2019)

Course summary

Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering and consultancy positions with companies including Procter and Gamble, BP, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BT.

Entry Requirements & Fees for 2020

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with placement year

UCAS Code: H803

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths and English Grade C/4

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of BCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)                             
£19,400* for Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

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Information on visas for international students

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBB to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B. 
BBC to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at Grade B)
BCC to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants)


Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject) :DDM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.

National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.

Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum grade B.

National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M, plus 2 A-level Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted


31 points overall with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and Maths at Grade 5.

Access to Higher Education

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry

Non-standard qualifications


Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course Outline

The products in the world we use everyday require the skill of a chemical engineer. You will be trained to ensure the safe and profitable production of the chemicals and materials required to create products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems. Chemical engineers are very much at the forefront of working to improve the quality of our lives. Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities. As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

Subject Guide & Modules

The BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this you share a common first year with chemists. In later years you go on to specialise at a more advanced level in the core engineering topics. In addition you study the important topics of business, management and sustainability, all the while developing and applying problem-solving skills. Your computer modelling skills will also be developed with a strong emphasis on process simulation. You have the option to spend an additional year on placement in industry after your second academic year. Many students take advantage of this option, and find the experience of great benefit both in their development as an engineer and in their final year performance.

Year 1 

Core Modules:

  • Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
  • Sustainability, Design and Build
  • Process and Product Design 
  • Introduction to Transfer Processes 
  • Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Physical Chemistry for Engineers
  • Chemistry for Engineers 
  • Professional Skills for Engineers 

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Process Design 
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Mass Transfer
  • Process Simulation and Control
  • Separation Processes in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Engineers 
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Introduction to Business Management 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year. 

  • EAS Study Placement Year
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year

Core Modules:

  • Advanced Process Design 
  • Proces Safety and Sustainability 
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering 
  • Advanced Separation Processes 

Choose 2 optional modules:

  • Advances in Biomaterials Science 
  • Renewable Technologies 
  • Process Computation
  • Upstream Bioprocess Technology
  • Environmental Chemistry I
Placement Year

Our excellent links with the chemical industry allow you to test and expand your knowledge, skills and understanding with a paid twelve month professional placement. It will provide integrated industrial and professional training, often in a position of responsibility, in areas such as the design, development, commissioning or operation of a chemical plant.  

We will help arrange your placement for you or in conjunction with your sponsoring company. We will also provide opportunities for you to visit companies, undertake commercial project work and compete for sponsorships and prizes. 

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Aston placement students also qualify for our £1,000 placement allowance for that year.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Placement Stories: Robert, BEng Chemical Engineering

Placement Stories: Michael, BEng Chemical Engineering

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Career Prospects

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries, you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy.

Our graduates have a strong record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor to the global chemical industry. Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering/consultancy positions with companies including: Procter and Gamble, Stone and Webster, BP, ExxonMobil, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever, AMEC, British Energy, Kappa, Mowlem, BT, Corus and Pfizer.Further information about careers and salaries for graduate Chemical Engineers can be found

Fatima Afzal

Process Quality Engineering

‘I landed my first graduate job within 1 month of graduating, working as a research and development engineer for a bio-energy company. I spent a lot of time in America. I am currently working for a French Optical Company as a ‘Process Quality Engineer’ with the potential to get involved in projects in France and/or Thailand, but most importantly continue doing what I love: exploring the world and problem-solving!’

Academic Teaching Partnerships

Aston University is proud to be working in partnership with Muscat University to develop the next generation of leaders for Oman. 

To find out more visit the Muscat University website: BEng Chemical Engineering 

Contact Us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3400

How do you feel your placement prepared you for your future career?

Placement year helped expose me to a professional environment where I developed my confidence whilst working with suppliers and customers. This will benefit me greatly when I go to work with some of Jacobs Engineering biggest clients such as EDF and NASA.

Gabeetha Ravindran
Graduate Engineer, Jacobs Engineering

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