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.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Our course is for engineers and scientists who want to play a leading role in innovating, designing and managing sustainable processes and systems. Improving resource efficiency is a priority for process industries that rely on materials and energy. We focus on 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

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.


Based in our Department of Chemical Engineering, you’ll have 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 Department’s personal tutors and project supervisors support your academic progress and general welfare throughout the degree. You’ll have access to our teaching and computing facilities. Depending on your individual project topic, you could use our laboratory facilities that range from bench scale to pilot scale.


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.

Some of our graduates choose to further their studies with us on one of our PhD programme.

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

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Learn more via the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115