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Chemical Engineering Degrees

Ever wondered how materials like nylon and polyester are made? How it’s possible to make food stay fresh for longer? Or what happens inside a water treatment plant? Maybe you know all that, but are curious about how bionic plants, fog harvesting and carbon nanotubes can be used to improve the world around you. These are just some examples of topics you might cover as part of a chemical engineering degree – essentially the study of how to turn raw materials into useful, everyday (or perhaps more specialized) products.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a chemical engineering degree include:

  • Specialist knowledge of chemical engineering theories, methods and practices
  • Knowledge of core scientific topics across all sciences
  • Understanding of scientific literature and how to use it
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge of terminology used in the chemical, minerals and material industries
  • Advanced numeracy skills
  • Advanced laboratory skills
  • Ability to analyze complex data sets and form conclusions
  • Clear understanding of the commercial application of science, chemical engineering and general engineering
  • Commercial awareness of chemical engineering field(s)
  • Good understanding of IT and computer aided design (CAD) software
  • Awareness and understanding of ethical issues within chemical engineering
  • Written and oral communication skills, including presentations and report writing, to an acceptable academic standard
  • Time management, independent learning and organization skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Independent research and study skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Good attention to detail
  • Foreign language skills (if taking a foreign language component)
  • Business management skills (if taking a business management component)