Taught course

Sustainable Chemical Engineering

University of Bath · Faculty of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in biochemical engineering, chemical engineering or environmental engineering.

We will also consider other relevant engineering and science disciplines.

Months of entry


Course content

Take on the challenge of creating a more sustainable society by learning how to develop and manage more resource efficient chemical engineering processes.

Our course is for engineers and scientists who want to play a leading role in innovating, designing and managing processes and systems that are sustainable. Improving resource efficiency is a major priority for process industries that rely on materials and energy. Our course focuses on addressing this challenge by giving you the tools to find sustainable ways to do more or better with less.

Building on your first degree, you'll develop more in-depth knowledge and transferable skills in chemical engineering. You'll learn how to use material and energy resources more efficiently by:

  • minimising resource consumption and waste generation
  • recovering, valorising and re-using waste within a process or between different processes

You’ll learn how to apply whole-systems and life-cycle approaches to evaluate the impact of industrial activities on the environment and society. This ‘big-picture thinking’ gives you a deeper understanding and wider knowledge to move beyond traditional approaches to process engineering.

Case studies, design projects and research give you a balanced mix of theory and practice. They also help you develop your problem solving and decision making skills.You’ll work in teams on real and open-ended sustainability problems. These challenge you to resolve complex, multi-dimensional problems, working with a range of stakeholders, using new approaches and ways of thinking to agree a solution.

Based in our Department of Chemical Engineering, you’ll benefit from our links to industry. There are opportunities to hear from industrial and academic speakers at regular events in the Department. You’ll learn from academics with expertise in chemical engineering and sustainable technologies. Their international collaborations and research feed into teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Our course prepares you for a career in academia or industry. You could work in traditional industries such as chemicals, pharma, food or beverages. Or, you could choose to work in the green sector, in areas such as renewable fuels or resource and waste management.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115