Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering


Chemical engineering integrates chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to design and develop the processes behind nearly every product from foods to fuels. This is achieved by changing the chemical, physical, and/or biochemical states of substances.

If you have a fascination for how the world works how chemical reactions and the physical properties of matter can be harnessed to create world-changing technologies, then you should consider chemical engineering.

Our Degrees

We offer a range of Chemical Engineering degrees which you can read more about below.

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Chemical engineering is at the heart of increasing our quality of life, developing new sources of energy, and improving our environment and the impact of our existence on it. For instance, chemical engineering contributes to the manufacturing of new drugs at affordable costs, the production of daily consumables ranging from toothpaste to milk products, production of energy from traditional and renewable sources, and addressing environmental problems including pollution of water and air and global warming via more efficient processes or even environmental remediation.

Chemical engineers are sought after across a broad spectrum of industries. Bioenergy to beer, catalysis to clothing, chemicals to consumer goods, education to energy, finance to fermentation, foods to fuels, management to mining, oil to ore, paper to pharmaceuticals, waste to water; chemical engineers are everywhere and have an impact on most of the things we use and do.

By studying chemical engineering with us you’ll learn from a team of engineers with wide-ranging interests and expertise and have contact with both academics and practising engineers. You’ll be able to interact with industry from the moment you begin your degree. You’ll benefit from our newly refurbished chemical engineering teaching and research laboratories and have access to industry-standard software.

Our 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programmes are accredited as fully meeting the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng). After the first two years, students on the four-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) have the opportunity to pursue the 5-year Masters of Engineering in their chosen discipline. Our Chemical Engineering degrees are also accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Why study STEM?

The University of Aberdeen offers a range of STEM-related degrees, STEM being the collective of subjects covering science, technology, engineering and maths. With world-class academics and cutting-edge facilities like our Science Teaching Hub, we can give you access to some of the best STEM teaching and research in Scotland, maximising your learning potential and preparing you for industry.

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Available Programmes of Study

Why Study Chemical Engineering at Aberdeen?

  • The University of Aberdeen is ranked 10th in the UK for Chemical Engineering Guardian University Guide 2024.
  • The School of Engineering has strong links with industry, including local, national and international organisations, who support our teaching through guest lectures and seminars, placement opportunities, site visits and scholarships.
  • Our interdisciplinary approach means students gain experience in each engineering discipline, making them highly sought-after by employers. This flexibility also means you choose your specialisation once you have experienced all five disciplines.
  • The University of Aberdeen Chemical Engineering Society is a student-run group for both professional and social events. They have a wide range of activities to suit your interests.

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