Chemical Engineering MEng/BEng

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Chemical Engineering involves the design, development, operation and management of industrial processes that turn raw materials into valuable products. Chemical engineering is all around us and contributes to everything we do every day (think shower gel, breakfast cereal, clothes, fuel, cellphones - even your headache tablet!) Society needs chemical engineers to safely develop new processes to make these products in a way that helps to manage resources and protect the environment.

If you enjoy chemistry and mathematics, are bright and motivated and want to apply science in a practical way, then chemical engineering could be the choice for you. It offers variety, challenge, intellectual satisfaction, flexibility and excellent prospects and gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the world.

Strathclyde is one of the largest Chemical Engineering departments in the UK, offering innovative courses delivered by enthusiastic staff with a dynamic, progressive approach and many years of practical experience. The Department is rated the best in Scotland and among the best in the UK.

All our degree programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Industry-orientated, we have strong links worldwide with major employers of chemical engineers and we are particularly proud of the excellent record of achievement of our graduates.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include online teaching as well as lectures, small-group sessions, problemsolving frameworks and site visits. You also undertake projects and practical laboratory work. Assessment is varied and is based on assignments, presentations, lab reports, presentations and exams.

Study Abroad

It is possible to spend all or part of your third year studying abroad in countries such as Austria, France, Italy, Holland, Spain and Sweden, Canada or the USA. There are also opportunities for paid work placement abroad.

Course Structure

The flexible course structure allows transfer between courses, normally until the end of Year 3. In addition to the core curriculum, you can choose elective classes in Years 1 and 2 from a wide range of subjects offered throughout the University.

Year 1 - Skills for Life-long Learning Fundamental principles of chemical engineering are introduced to encourage and develop the skills you need for confident, self-motivated learning.

Year 2 - Chemical Engineering Principles Reinforces prior learning and provides you with a grounding in the core chemical engineering subjects such as material and energy balances, thermodynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer and fluid flow. Engineering practice and chemical engineering laboratory work are also introduced along with finance and business studies.

Year 3 - Technical Development The principles taught in Years 2 and 3 are applied to the most important unit operations used in the chemical and process industries, including distillation, gas absorption and adsorption, evaporation, crystallisation, filtration and drying. Reactor design, biochemical engineering and food processes are also covered. Laboratory work continues and you will carry out two small Chemical Engineering design projects to apply your growing knowledge to a practical problem.

Year 4 & 5 - Professional Training Classes concentrate on specialist and professional subjects which include air pollution control and liquid effluent treatment, process control and instrumentation, safety and hazard analysis and process economics. Using the interpersonal skills and the understanding of the individual 'building blocks' of chemical engineering that you have developed during Years 1 to 3, you will work with fellow students on the group design project, to produce a preliminary design of a chemical process. The success of the project depends on teamwork, communication and effective time management.

Year 4 (BEng) In addition to the above subjects you carry out an individual research project and submit a thesis.

Year 5 (MEng) You study key Chemical Engineering subjects in greater depth, and broaden your horizons through a choice of business, language, science and other engineering subjects. You also carry out a research project based either in industry - to discover what it is like to work as an engineer with real responsibilities, or in another European university - to gain experience of other cultures and practices and expand your language skills. Your project will test your ability to plan, time-manage and use your knowledge and creativity, and you will produce a thesis on your work.

Chemical Engineering by Distance Learning

The Distance Learning programme, developed in partnership with industry, provides a part-time route to a Chemical Engineering which is particularly appropriate for personnel employed in industry. Teaching and learning is based on a mix of text-based self-study modules and online learning, backed by regular tutorial sessions. The BEng course covers three years and the MEng four. For more information on this course, click here.

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Career Opportunities

Chemical Engineering is the most broadlybased of the engineering disciplines. With skills in numeracy, problem-solving and analysis, Chemical Engineering graduates are suited to a wide range of activities and demand for our graduates is high and career opportunities varied. Apart from 'traditional' fields, opportunities can also include employment in fields such as marketing, sales, merchant banking, accountancy and insurance. Chemical engineers are the best-paid group of engineers and technologists, with the potential to earn more than doctors, lawyers and accountants.