The program comprises a total of 137 credit hours distributed over eight semesters. It is developed to equip students with the necessary tools to fulfill their assignments and responsibilities as chemical engineers. It consists of courses which can be classified into three main categories as follows:

  1. General Sciences: Students are provided with a suitable number of general science courses such as mathematics, statistics, physics, computer programming, and chemistry. This enables them to successfully follow the engineering courses in the program.
  2. Engineering Sciences: Engineering courses are distributed along the curriculum to ease the learning process. Students are provided with chemical engineering fundamental courses such as: thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass and heat transfer, and chemical reaction engineering. The fundamental courses are strengthened with a series of courses such as separation processes, chemical process modeling and simulation, process control, process & plant design, engineering ethics and engineering economics. In addition to the compulsory courses, students are offered numerous engineering elective courses in order to allow some degree of specialization in areas such as petroleum refinery engineering, petroleum engineering, petrochemical engineering, corrosion engineering, quality assurance and reliability engineering, process integration, environmental engineering, process safety, water desalination, etc.
  3. General Education: General education components are in line with the university mission. Students are taught Islamic culture, Arabic language, English language, modern history of Bahrain and citizenship, and human rights principles which enable them to develop professional components that require fluent communication skills, knowledge of contemporary issues, and ethics.

The undergraduate program includes two laboratory courses, namely Chemical Engineering Lab I and Chemical Engineering Lab II. Students conduct experiments in thermodynamics and unit operations involving heat transfer and momentum transfer in Lab I while in Lab II they conduct experiments in reaction engineering, process control, and unit operations involving mass transfer.

The program also includes two periods of summer training of two-month duration each, one upon completion of the second year and the other at the end of the third year. Students are placed in relevant industrial companies to gain additional practical experience. In the second and fourth years, students also undertake junior and senior projects, respectively. Both projects emphasize independent learning and teamwork. Field trips are also arranged in coordination with the relevant industrial companies.


Detailed Study Plan

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The Chemical Engineering Program at University of Bahrain expects the graduates within a few years of graduation to attain the following:

  1. Engage in productive careers in a broad range of the chemical engineering profession in both the public and private sectors including, but not limited to, petrochemical, petroleum refining, gas processing and water.
  2. Engage in ongoing professional development activities by pursuing graduate studies and /or other learning opportunities.
  3. Advance in responsibility and leadership in their careers.

The PEOs are posted in The PEOs are published in the program specification form distributed to students, which includes all related information to the program.

The PEOs are also published and distributed to the newly admitted students in the induction day at the university and at the department.

Chemical engineering graduates possess:

  • Analytical Traits: Chemical engineers possess very strong analytical and logical skills to be innovative and designing new ideas to the current need of the industry.
  • Communication skills:  Chemical engineers should be highly motivated to perform a task with excellent communication and coordination skills.
  • Team Orientation: Chemical engineers need teamwork skills to collaborate on solving difficult development problems. The chemicals Engineers should be a team player who can take the team forward to make a task successful.
  • Creativity: Creativity is necessary, especially for chemical engineers who work in product development. Chemical Engineers should innovate and provide tools that can be useful in making the work less tedious. They must think beyond typical chemicals and processes and come up with new methods to develop innovative products.
  • Commitment: Chemical engineers should be very strong in analyzing and achieving a goal or set of tasks in a given time.
  • Attentiveness: Chemical engineers need to focus on safety and pay attention to the industrial environment.