General Information

Chemical engineering involves the application of basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology) and engineering principles to the development, design, operation and maintenance of processes to convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable products. These products lead to a sustainable and improved quality of life.

The Department of Chemical Engineering was established in August 2008. Before the establishment, the University of Ilorin has been recruiting Chemical Engineers into the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering.

An accreditation team from the National Universities Commission visited the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and found that the then acting Head of Department had all his qualifications in Chemical Engineering. The observation of the accreditation team led them to advise the University to start a department of chemical engineering. The University, through the Faculty of Engineering and Technology took up the challenge and set in motion processes for establishing the Department. It is gratifying that the Department took off with eight academic staff and two technologist and twenty two students in 2008.


The undergraduate programme is designed to educate students in Chemical Engineering, foster interdisciplinary collaboration with allied field, advance and disseminate state–of–the art knowledge and technology through novel and sustained research, to serve the public, academic, industrial and governmental communities.
In order to accomplish this purpose, the department has the following objectives:

  • To educate students to meet the technological challenges of the future.
  • To build the abilities of students so they can integrate knowledge from diverse sources.
  • To provide students with the understanding of the values of life – long learning and ability to engage in further growth through activities such as continuing education.
  • To prepare students to assume technological leadership and managerial positions in industries and to be good citizens by serving their professional and civic communities.


The Chemical Engineering undergraduate programme is designed such that, graduates of the programme will be able to:
1. Acquire and apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals in chemical engineering design and calculations.
2.  Conduct experiments as well as analyse and interpret data.
3.  Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
4.  Evaluate the operational performance of chemical engineering design and hence apply chemical engineering principles of design for sustainable development.
5.  Communicate effectively in written, oral and visual form with engineers and the community at large.
6.  Function effectively as an individual and in group with the capacity to be a leader or manager.
7.  Recognize the need to undertake life – long learning and possessing / acquiring the capacity to do so.


The Chemical Engineering undergraduate programme focuses the attention on six major areas which include:
1.  Process control and optimization
2.  Chemical reaction engineering
3.  Environmental engineering
4.  Biochemical engineering
5.  Petroleum engineering
6.  Polymer engineering


Career prospects for the chemical engineering graduate are numerous as they stand at the fore front to improve the quality of life. There are opportunities in the designing of process equipment / plants, identifying chemical and physical properties of substances, researching into new products and ensuring equipment /plant operates optimally.
Chemical engineers work in a wide range of fields such as design and construction, manufacturing, food processing, paper and pulp, biotechnology, petrochemicals, healthcare micro-electronics and safety in industries.