Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)


The aim of the program is to prepare graduates for the varied and challenging demands of a Chemical Engineer. The chemical engineer develops a chemical process from its laboratory beginning through semi-works equipment to full-scale production. Chemical engineering is based on applications of chemistry, biology, physics, material science, mathematics and economics. The chemical engineering curriculum includes the study of applied mathematics; material and energy balance; properties and physics of gases, liquids and solids; fluid mechanics; heat and mass transfer; thermodynamics; chemical and biological reaction kinetics and reactors design; and the integrating subjects of process design, control and economic optimisation. Because of this broad based foundation, emphasizing both basic and engineering science, the chemical engineer is considered the universal engineer.

At the end of their final year students will have an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired to solve a real life problem as their final year project and this will also enable them to develop their research skills, design skills and analytical skills that are essential in all fields of engineering.

Educational Objectives

The overall objective of our Chemical Engineering Programme is to produce Chemical Engineering Graduates with a distinct educational base who are practical, articulate, numerate, literate, imaginative, versatile, confident and inquisitive.

  • Such graduates should have the potential to take responsibility for innovation, technology transfer and change, looking for ways of exploiting emerging technologies and, where appropriate, promoting advanced designs and design methods.
  • They will need to possess creativity founded upon a deep understanding of engineering principles and may eventually control projects involving advanced technology that require the management of risk, resources and large capital budgets.
  • They will need to develop an understanding of the manufacturing industry, its role in wealth creation, the social and political context within which engineering is practiced, the role of chemical engineering in shaping the physical and social environment and its diverse contribution to the quality of life and social justice.
  • Professional judgement and application are likely to be key features of their role allied to the possibility of responsibility for the direction of important tasks including the profitable management of industrial and commercial enterprises and the supervision and management of others.
  • These attributes can be formulated into the following educational objectives below:
    1. To attract and recruit students of good academic ability and potential from all social groups;
    2. To develop the potential of each student to meet new challenges and to lay the foundation of versatility and innovative thinking they will need in careers as professional engineers;
    3. To provide students with an engineering education with breadth across the engineering disciplines, combined with specialist learning, delivered with design as an integrating feature;
    4. To produce engineering graduates with the potential to play a leading role in construction, industry, academia, research and the engineering profession;
    5. To prepare students for graduate study in engineering and related disciplines.
    6. To nurture engineer leaders with a national, regional and global outlook.

    B.Eng. Learning Outcomes

    The B.Eng. programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes we would desire in Ndejje Chemical Engineering Graduates. These are in the following areas.

    Subject Specific Knowledge
    • Mathematics relevant to engineering
    • The fundamental concepts, principles and theories of engineering science
    • Finance, business and management techniques relevant to engineering
    • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of a student’s chosen area of specialisation
    • The general principles of design
    • The role and responsibility of a professional engineer, within the context of the ethical and environmental structure in, which they practice.
    Subject Specific Skills
    • To specify, plan, manage, conduct and report on an engineering project
    • To analyse, evaluate and interpret engineering data
    • To apply engineering knowledge to the solution of problems in an engineering/industrial context
    • To synthesise data from a variety of sources and apply to the solution of a particular problem
    • To demonstrate an awareness of practical engineering skills
    • To observe and record accurately, data and experimental evidence both in the laboratory and in the field
    • Preparation and delivery of technical reports
    • Preparation and delivery of technical presentations
    • The competent and safe use of standard engineering laboratory instrumentation
    • An understanding of risk assessment and occupational health and safety
    • The application of engineering knowledge to the design and manufacture process
    • To write computer programs
    • To use computational tools and packages
    • To be imaginative and innovative in the solution of technical and non-technical problems
    Key (Transferable) Skills
    • Capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations
    • Communicate effectively (written, verbal, drawing, sketching etc.) and an allowance for a different culture
    • Numerical skills appropriate to an engineer
    • Competent use of information technology (IT) relevant to the engineering profession
    • Team-working
    • Time and resource management
    • General problem solving skills


    Admission to First year

    Admission into the first year is through any of the three avenues, the Direct Entry scheme, the Diploma Holders Scheme and Foundation Year.

    The Direct Entry Scheme

    Under this scheme, an applicant must obtain two advanced level passes, in Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics, at the same sitting of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or it’s Equivalent. The following weights shall be used to determine if a student qualifies for admission to the program:

    • Weight 3 – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, as Essential subjects
    • Weight 2 – Biology, Economics, Technical Drawing- as Relevant subjects
    • Weight 1 – General Paper- as Desirable subject
    • Weight 0.5 – Any other subject as Others subjects
    Diploma Holders Entry

    Under this scheme holders of the Ordinary and Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or its equivalent will be considered. Exemptions to some course modules in the first and second year will be considered.

    Foundation Year Scheme

    A Foundation Year is available tailored specifically for people who wish to apply for an engineering degree at Ndejje University, but who do not have the necessary entry qualifications

    Conduct of the Programme

    Type of Programme

    This programme shall be conducted through course work and examinations. There shall be mainly one type of programme, namely Day Programme (DAY)

    Programme Duration

    The minimum duration of this programme shall be Four (4) years. The course is designed to be taken over a minimum period of eight semesters and three recess terms: one for Workshop Practice and two for Industrial Training. The Duration of a semester is seventeen (17) weeks. The duration of the Recess term shall be ten (10) weeks. There shall be university examinations to be conducted in the last two weeks of each semester.