The STEM Hub Canterbury Christ Church University
The STEM Hub





Chemical Engineer and Lecturer

Canterbury Christ Church University


  • Video »
  • Case Study »
    • Xin has loved science since she was a child and she was always interested in inventions and innovations.
    • Whilst at secondary school, she took part in many invention competitions.
    • Whilst at sixth forth, she founded the Science Invention Society and always aims to encourage everyone’s spirit of invention.
    • Now, Xin works as an engineer, a scientist and also a lecturer.

  • Did you know? »

    Many STEM careers offer the opportunity during your career to become a lecturer, and share your expertise while teaching the next generation!

  • Routes »


    • You’ll normally need a degree or postgraduate qualification in: chemical engineering, process engineering, biochemical engineering.
    • You may be able to do a postgraduate conversion course if you have a degree in a related area like engineering, chemistry or polymer science.
    • Some universities offer a foundation year for people without qualifications in maths and science, which allows them to move onto the degree course afterwards.
    • A postgraduate master’s qualification like an MEng can be studied at university. This course includes independent research and gives you a greater knowledge and understanding of chemical engineering science. It could also prepare you for further postgraduate study like a PhD.


    • You may be able to do a science industry process engineer degree apprenticeship.


    • You could start as a chemical engineering technician and do training on the job to qualify as an engineer.
  • Entry Requirements »


    • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
    • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including chemistry
    • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study


    • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • maths knowledge
    • knowledge of engineering science and technology
    • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
    • design skills and knowledge
    • knowledge of physics
    • analytical thinking skills
    • science skills
    • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Test new ways to develop products.
    2. Find safer ways to complete chemical processes.
    3. Environmental care – develop more eco-processes.
    4. Work as a team with other engineers and designers.
    5. Pursue an area of interest, such as medical, production.
    6. Problem-solving challenges part of the daily job.
    7. Working environment can be a lab, office or outside.
    8. Opportunities for progression into research, teaching, an area of your interest.
    9. Work in leading the way in developing new products and inventions.
    10. Insider knowledge of how something is transformed from raw materials to a finished product.

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Senior process engineer
    • Design engineer
    • Research
    • Development manager
    • Plant manager
    • Operations manager
    • Lecturing
    • Consultancy

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My work as a scientist, and also an engineer, is trying to avoid and solve problems with daily life applications.