Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) - 2024/5

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 UFJ12014 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

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

LEE Judy (Chst Chm Eng)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Under a nurturing environment with hands on experience, we aim to develop students into professional chemical engineers with holistic understanding of core concepts on process/chemical systems and to meet global challenges with this thinking, and be prepared for future employment and learning. Our programmes have been developed in consultation with industry with key aims to: -Produce graduates equipped with specialist knowledge in 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 -Produces graduates of Chemical Engineering of high employability where they are equipped with technical skills and problem-solving mindset required to tackle real-world engineering challenges in the chemical and process industry. -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.
Apply mathematics relevant to chemical engineering KT CertHE
Explain and apply 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
Apply banagement tools including economic evaluation of commercial projects K Ord, BEng (Hons)
Perform laboratory techniques relevant to experimental work and develop knowledge to analyse the results of chemical engineering experiments KP 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 KT Ord, BEng (Hons)
Analyse and solve mathematical, scientific and engineering problems KCT 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 KCT 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 KP CertHE
Use current commercial chemical engineering simulation software such as ChemCad and HYSYS KP DipHE
Run a pilot scale chemical process P Ord, BEng (Hons)
Draw up a flow sheet of a chemical production process including effluent treatment KP Ord, BEng (Hons)
Use scientific evidence and logical thought in the presentation of ideas CT 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 DipHE
Use a programming language to perform basic process simulation, optimisation, statistical analysis and parameter estimation CP DipHE

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) -

Module Selection for Professional Training Year (PTY) -

Students taking the PTY Year must choose either module ENGP011 or module ENGP018

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.

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This programme is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

This programme will produce graduates of Chemical engineering of high employability. Graduates will be able to apply chemical engineering skills from mathematical modelling of whole systems through the detailed analysis of unit operations to practical process operation. In addition, graduates will have hands on experience in operating a small pilot plant and equipped with the knowledge and confidence to be able to contribute to the needs of the wider chemical industry in the context of current economic, social and environmental pressures. Graduates will develop transferrable skills such as time management, organisation, problem solving, teamwork, report writing, presentation and communication that are well sort after by employers of all disciplines.

Digital Capabilities:
Graduates will have skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enable confident, critical, and creative use of a wide range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in chemical engineering which can also be applied to all aspects of life. Graduates will gain understanding in the benefits and risks of digitalisation and adopt a holistic and proportionate approach to the mitigation of security risks using process, cyber and automation, and behavioural measures.

Global and Cultural Skills:
The programme is taught in an interactive and collaborative way that allows the cohort, consisting of wealth of nationalities and backgrounds, to work together and develop awareness of different cultural backgrounds/perspectives as well as social and team working skills through interaction and teamwork. The programme will have modules such as Multidisciplinary Design Project, Chemical Product Design and Process Safety and Integrity, where students will be given chemical engineering process scenarios from around the world so that graduates will have an understanding of the global responsibilities as a chemical engineer.

Resourcefulness and resilience:
Graduates will develop an opportunity-centred mindset and leadership, demonstrating confidence in responding effectively to opportunities, challenges, problems, working under pressure and setbacks, reflecting and learning from own performance and experiences, and dealing with conceptually challenging real life chemical engineering processes.

Graduates will have awareness and understanding the ethical, social and environmental responsibilities as a chemical engineer in designing, developing and operating processes in chemical and petroleum industries that are more sustainable, efficient and minimal environmental impact.

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 2024/5 academic year.