Surrey University logo

Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) - 2022/3

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Chemical Engineering
DipHE Chemical Engineering
CertHE Chemical Engineering

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UFJ12002 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UFJ12002 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Engineering (Bachelor)

Other internal and / or external reference points

The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes : UK-SPEC (Engineering Council UK); Accreditation of chemical engineering degrees - a guide for university departments and assessors - based on learning outcomes - for Master and Bachelor level degree programmes (IChemE).

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Programme Leader

THORPE Rex (Chst Chm Eng)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Produces graduates of Chemical Engineering of high employability
  • Produces graduates able to apply chemical engineering skills from mathematical modelling of whole systems through the detailed analysis of unit operations to practical process operation
  • Produces graduates capable of contributing to the needs of the wider chemical industry in the context of current economic, social and environmental pressures
  • Provides an education that satisfies the educational part of the requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer through accreditation by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Mathematics relevant to chemical engineering K CertHE
Basic scientific principles relevant to chemical engineering K CertHE
Analysis and design of both single and combinations of process units found in the chemical and process industries K DipHE
Management tools including economic evaluation of commercial projects K Ord, BEng (Hons)
Laboratory techniques relevant to experimental work and the knowledge to analyse the results of chemical engineering experiments K CertHE, DipHE fundamental measurements for the Cert HE; applied / advanced methods for the Dip HE and beyond
Team-working, including the ability as a team to design a whole chemical process, to operate a whole chemical process K Ord, BEng (Hons)
Analyse and solve mathematical, scientific and engineering problems C DipHE
Analyse and design unit operations C DipHE
Analyse and describe industrial activity with respect to its sustainability C DipHE
Analyse and understand chemical engineering and related systems up to the global scale C Ord, BEng (Hons)
Understand the purpose of an experiment and so draw conclusions from the analysis of data C CertHE
Prepare and understand flow sheet drawings etc. as used by chemical engineers in practice C CertHE basic introduction for the Cert HE
Evaluate and choose between potential designs and projects C Ord, BEng (Hons)
Perform chemical engineering experiments P CertHE
Use current commercial chemical engineering simulation software such as ChemCad and HYSYS P DipHE
Run a pilot scale chemical process P Ord, BEng (Hons)
Draw up a flow sheet of a chemical production process including effluent treatment P Ord, BEng (Hons)
Use scientific evidence and logical thought in the presentation of ideas T Ord, BEng (Hons)
Use general IT tools including MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel as well as Matlab T CertHE
Effectively use process and equipment simulation tools such as ChemCad and HYSYS T DipHE
Write formal reports that are well organised and effective T CertHE
Give oral presentation that are well organised and effective T Ord, BEng (Hons)
Work effectively as part of a group and provide leadership if required T Ord, BEng (Hons)
Describe basic machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches to solving engineering problems KT
Use a programming language to perform basic process simulation, optimisation, statistical analysis and parameter estimation CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester

Module Selection for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year


Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Students may be initially registered on the BEng programme and transfer to the MEng programme provided their academic performance in FHEQ level 5 is at the appropriate standard.

To remain on the MEng Programme or to transfer in from the BEng programme, a student, in addition to the normal progression requirements, is required to achieve an aggregate mark of at least 50% at the end of FHEQ Level 5. Students should have attained a weighted aggregate mark based on their FHEQ Level 4 and 5 performances of at least 50% prior to entering FHEQ Level 6. Students dropping below an aggregate mark of 50% in FHEQ level 6, but otherwise satisfying the normal progression requirements, will be required to transfer to the corresponding BEng programme. All completed MEng assessments will be transferred to the equivalent BEng programme and will then be assessed according to the BEng assessment procedure. This will require them to complete a BEng Individual Project at level FHEQ 6 before they can be eligible for the BEng award.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.