The benefits of studying at our world-renowned School are many: You will be taught by
academic staff, who are global leaders in their field; we attract an average of £10 million-plus in research income each year; we have excellent industrial links with companies from BP and GSK to Unilever and Procter and Gamble, and we boast world-class teaching and laboratory facilities.
How you will learn
Development of core technical and transferable skills is at the heart of our teaching from day one. You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials and project work.
Companies with whom we enjoy close links, such as BP, ExxonMobil and AstraZeneca, regularly come into School to give guest lectures. Industry will also have significant input in your third/final-year design project. You’ll take part in team-based project work in each year of the degree course, where the knowledge you learn in lectures and tutorials is applied in a small-group environment. Other ways you will learn include the opportunity to attend our transferable and teamworking skills weekend held at the University’s pioneering Raymond Priestley outdoor education centre on the shores of Lake Coniston in the Lake District.
How you will be assessed
Modules are assessed in a variety of ways: exams, written assignments and laboratory and project reports. The exam-coursework balance for each module is dependent on the study subject. There’s a strong emphasis on project work in the final year/s of your degree course.
Your personal tutor
As soon as you join us, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor, who will remain with you throughout your studies. Their role is to help you in three important areas: supporting your academic progress, developing transferable skills and dealing with any welfare issues that might arise. You’ll be able to talk to your personal tutor about anything that is troubling you.
Seminars and tutorials
The course modules are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorial problem classes, lab and project work.
Small-group and one-to-one tutorials run alongside lectures. Their aim is to address any problems you may have and to consolidate lecture material, as well as testing your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self-study is an essential part of the programme. As well as developing self-motivation, it also allows you to pursue your own lines of inquiry and to think independently.
Lecturers and world-leading researchers
Your lecturers are not only experts in their fields; they are passionate about passing on their knowledge and expertise. Our School has long been at the forefront of global research, carried out in collaboration with industry, to address some of the world’s biggest challenges – energy, healthcare technology advancement and the manufacture of healthier food, among others. The international reach of our research is evidenced by our top result for impact in the UK Research Excellence Framework in 2014 and a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011.
Resources and facilities
Our world-class teaching and laboratory facilities include state-of-the-art study spaces and computer suites, and the jewel in the crown – a new £40 million
Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, where we use the latest educational technologies to reinvent lab classes and showcase the fundamental principles behind chemical engineering. The space has been designed to enable and encourage collaborative and interdisciplinary working, something valued by employers.
Chemical Engineering Society (BUCES) greatly enhances the life of the School, hosting academic and social events throughout the year.
About the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
Throughout your Chemical Engineering degree you can expect an average of about 14 hours of contact time per week comprising approximately nine hours of lectures, four hours of tutorial and one hour of laboratory based activity. This will vary from module to module throughout the programme.