The bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering produces graduates who are qualified to practice a variety of professions in the fields of basic, intermediate, end product and fine chemistry in any type of industry: chemical, food, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, etc.
The bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Barcelona trains experts on chemical process installation projects to be able to develop systems to affordably produce materials and chemical products, minimizing their negative impact on the environment, or work on the specific needs of the chemical industry (R&D engineering, projects, production, product design, marketing and sales), as well as on the development of emerging industries in fields such as biotechnology or electronic and polymeric materials. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to design and control production at chemical plants, as well as to lead quality assurance and environmental management projects. The course also provides training in experimentation methods, trials and process characterization, and monitoring, control and product optimization systems and technologies.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Chemistry
Branch of knowledge
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
Mode of delivery


Number of places available


Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 75,8%, Spanish 24,2%
Admission grade

10.698 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit18,46 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators
Professional practiceYes
Profesión regulada--

Technical industrial engineer

Objectives and competences


To train Chemical Engineering graduates for the practice of various professions in the fields of basic and intermediate industrial chemistry, production of chemical  products and fine chemicals, with the versatility to work in any related industry: chemical, food, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and so on.

To train professionals with the following characteristics:

  • Creative, versatile, adaptable, good communication skills, able to work in teams.
  • Able to work in the processing industries in any sector, in companies serving these industries, or able to create their own company.
  • Motivated to pursue lifelong learning to be able to adapt to changing social and industrial environments.
  • Ethically motivated to contribute to social welfare, the health and safety of people, and sustainable development.


Basic competences

  • Commitment to ethical practice.
  • Capacity for learning and responsibility.
  • Teamwork.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Sustainability.
  • Communication skills.
  • Adaptability, initiative and independence.
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Decision-making skills.
  • Organizational and planning skills.
  • Self-assessment skills.

Specific competences

  • Capacity to understand, describe and solve problems of chemical engineering.
  • Capacity to understand the principles underlying modern methods of chemical analysis, their limitations and their applicability in chemical processes.
  • Capacity to understand the basic principles underlying chemical engineering: mass, energy and momentum balances; physical and chemical equilibrium equations; kinetic equations of physical processes; and chemical kinetics.
  • Capacity to draft and develop projects in the field of chemical engineering and, in particular, in the following aspects:
  1. legislation, regulations, specifications, quality standards and mandatory standards;
  2. application of economic knowledge in the evaluation of an industrial project;
  3. formulation of a structured and systematic approach to aspects relating to health, hygiene and safety in an existing process or in the design phase;
  4. understanding the impact of engineering solutions in environmental and social contexts.
  • Capacity for managing the various elements of chemical engineering projects: selection of suitable materials, mechanical design of equipment, operating conditions, safety and environmental requirements, and supply and evacuation of power.
  • Capacity for conducting and interpreting measurements, calculations, evaluations, surveys, appraisals, studies, reports, plans, and other similar tasks in the field of chemical engineering.
  • Understanding of the main concepts involved in monitoring processes. Understanding of the technological bases on which they are based, including notions of electronics and automation.
  • Capacity for the planning, execution and reporting of experiments required in any activity in the field of chemical engineering.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the scientific and technical literature, and of other sources of relevant data of any origin or format.
  • Capacity to learn to use any software applications appropriate to any activity in the field of chemical engineering.
  • Capacity to understand and assume the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development, and the central role of the chemical engineer in the prevention and solution of environmental problems.
  • Capacity to understand and assume the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development, and the central role of the chemical engineer in the prevention and solution of environmental problems.
  • Capacity to engage the current values of responsibility and professional ethics.
  • Capacity to execute suitable designs in the chosen area of specialization.  

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

For students who wish to pursue studies in chemical engineering, it is recommended to have completed secondary school studies (baccalaureate or equivalent) which include chemistry taught as a compulsory or elective subject.

Students are expected to have a sufficient level of prior knowledge in physics, mathematics and basic chemistry. A working knowledge of English and computers is also recommended, along with the dexterity required for the manual handling of laboratory equipment.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information



Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 150
Optional 18
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Applied Thermodynamics 1st semester Compulsory 6
Fluid Mechanics 1st semester Compulsory 6
Inorganic Chemistry 1st semester Compulsory 6
Materials Engineering 1st semester Compulsory 6
Statistics 1st semester Basic training 6
Drawing 2nd semester Basic training 6
Economics and Company 2nd semester Basic training 6
Electrical Engineering 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Heat Transfer 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Organic Chemistry 2nd semester Compulsory 6

Pathways and specializations

Chemical Engineering
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

The Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering qualifies graduates for the practice of the profession of Industrial Engineer in accordance with Order CIN / 351/2009, of 9 February (BOE n.44 of 20/02/2009), which establishes the requirements for verification of university degrees that qualify for the practice of the profession of Industrial Engineer.
Graduates in Chemical Engineering can pursue careers in various fields:

Study, feasibility, projects management, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of:

  • Industries involving chemical, physico-chemical and bioengineering processes, and the corresponding facilities: chemical (chemical products, catalysts, paints, dyes, paper, etc.); pharmaceutical (human and veterinary); perfumes and cosmetics; agrochemical (fertilizer, pesticides, etc.); food; petrochemical, etc.
  • Installations involving unit operations or chemical processes.
  • Facilities aimed at preventing environmental pollution by effluents of all kinds, caused by industries and/or services.
  • Machinery, apparatus and instruments for the industries listed above.

Studies and consultancy related to:

  • The functional aspect of industrial buildings and services and their construction and ancillary facilities.
  • The feasibility of industrialization and use of natural resources and raw materials which undergo transformation and development of new products.
  • Planning, programming, management, organization, rationalization, optimization and monitoring of industrial processes.
  • Arbitration, appraisals and valuations.
  • Hygiene, safety and environmental pollution.


  • Public service: teaching, R&D, management, inspection, preparation of reports, etc.
  • Other sectors: sales technician, insurance adjuster, consultant, auditor, etc.

Data from the university system in Catalonia

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Martí i Franquès, 1 - 08028 Barcelona

Secretary: 934 021 200

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