Chemist carrying out an experiment

MSciApplied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Why this course?

This degree was created with industry in mind to bridge the knowledge gap between engineers and chemists.

This hybrid degree is for those who want to combine their interest in chemistry with knowledge of chemical engineering.

It provides a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and chemical engineering. It also gives you an appreciation of the expertise needed to transform small-scale laboratory practice into large-scale chemical operations used in industry.

This course will ensure you're well equipped to enter industry with the range of skills which employers are looking for.

Teaching and classes are divided equally between the Departments of Pure & Applied Chemistry and Chemical & Process Engineering. Both departments have strong industrial links and a history of teaching students specifically for the chemical industry.

The course involves extensive practical work that builds on the theory you’ll learn in lectures. You’ll also develop communication and teamwork skills with the ability to work safely.

What you’ll study

Year 1

Classes in Chemistry, Mathematics and Chemical Engineering. Chemistry practical classes help you to master the basic preparative and analytical skills. You also choose an elective subject. 

Years 2 & 3

Fundamental Organic and Physical Chemistry plus supporting classes. Practical Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and Safety. Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer, Process Analysis and Statistics, plus Mathematics. You'll have a choice of electives from chemistry, engineering or the wider university prospectus. Laboratory work increases and your practical skills are enhanced with computer modelling and group exercises to develop presentation skills.

Year 4

Students undertake a Chemical Engineering Design research project, plus further Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry & Spectroscopy and Process Control & Environmental technology.

Year 5

You'll specialise in the areas and applications of chemistry and chemical engineering that interest you most. An Applied Chemistry research project will enable you to use your practical skills and knowledge to solve a new chemical challenge, working in one of our specialist research laboratories with full-time researchers on real chemistry challenges. 

Facilities

Our high-quality, bright and modern laboratories include a range of specialist equipment in both departments. You'll gain hands-on experience of state-of-the-art machinery used in industry and research.

High Flyer Programme

Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.

Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.

Student competitions

In recent years, our students have won:

  • Salters Graduate prize
  • Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year award
  • Carnegie Scholarship

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemical Engineer.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemist.

Course content

Year 1

  • Principles & Practice of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  • Foundation classes in Mathematics
  • Practical chemistry laboratory sessions help you to master the basic preparative and analytical skills
  • You’ll spend one afternoon in the laboratory; the rest of your time will be in lectures and tutorials.

Years 2 & 3

  • Fundamental Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Practical Organic
  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
  • Safety Lab & Transferable Skills
  • Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer
  • Process Analysis & Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Practical Preparative & Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Intermediate Organic Chemistry & Spectroscopy
  • Mass Transfer & Separation Processes
  • Chemical Engineering Design & Advanced Information Technology
  • Reactors
  • Chemical Engineering Practice

Year 4

This year is spent in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering undertaking a detailed chemical engineering-focused research project. 

Year 5

In the final year, you’ll undertake a chemistry research project, working with a research group, using your practical skills and knowledge to solve a new chemical challenge.

Assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials, workshops and lab sessions.

Learning & teaching

Each year contains compulsory classes. Some years contain either optional classes, which relate to different areas of chemistry and chemical engineering, and/or elective classes from other subject areas in the University.

In Years 1 to 3 you’ll learn the essential knowledge and understanding required by all chemistry and chemical engineering graduates. This is supported by group tutorials and workshops. Chemistry and chemical engineering are both practical subjects so you’ll also be trained in chemical engineering and all branches of mainstream practical chemistry.

Year 4 involves some taught classes and an engineering design project. In your final year you'll study advanced chemistry and chemical engineering and complete an independent research project in your chosen chemistry field. It may be possible to undertake Year 4 & 5 projects in industry or at one of our partner universities abroad.

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers

Year 1 entry: AAAB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics, English preferred as fourth subject) 

Advanced Highers*

Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study

A Levels*

Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics)

Typical entry requirements: AAA

IB*

Year 2 entry: 34 (Chemistry, Maths, Physics all at HL)

HNC/HND

 Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit

 Year 2 entry: relevant HND, AAA in Graded Units

* Those with A Levels, Advanced Highers or IB HL in only two of the preferred subjects will be considered for Year 1 entry

Additional information

  • Deferred entry accepted

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2016/17 - £1,820 

Rest of UK

  • 2016/17 - £9,000

International

  • 2016/17 - £17,500

Additional fees 

Applied Chemistry 

Course materials & costs 

Lab coats and safety goggles 

  • approx £25

Placement & field trips 

MSc Forensic Science students have costs associated with the three-month placement project.  Students are expected to meet all costs - that will include travel and accommodation.  

Placement costs will vary - some with travel across Scotland at approximately £30 per week.  Accommodation costs will be the same as during the academic year. 

International students will complete placements in their home country.  Flights will therefore be an expected cost with students returning home or finding accommodation nearby the placement host.

Other costs 

All students are responsible for printing dissertation and thesis with associated binding costs.  

MSc Forensic Science students have a £1,500 bench fee - and are informed of this on offer of place.   

We also strongly recommend MSc Forensic students get immunised against Hepatitis B - which will probably incur a cost.  

Students working on projects externally will have to pay for the posting of material.  Prices will be dependent on location.  

Comments 

There is a variety of information about the MSc Forensic placement on our website.  Students are informed about costs etc in the information received prior to the course starting.  

Chemical Engineering 

Course materials & costs 

Estimated cost for laboratory coat:

  • £10

Safety glasses:

  • £10 

Students are not charged for course notes. All course notes are uploaded to MyPlace. Printing facilities are also available.

Placements & field trips

Two field trips during the course of undergraduate degree programme

  • £3 student contribution 

How can I fund my studies?

Some Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note that funding is not applicable to all courses. Please contact SAAS to confirm if your particular course is eligible.

Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Scholarships

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees

Careers

A degree in chemistry opens doors to a wide variety of employment opportunities both in the UK and further afield. The range of available jobs is considerable, and encompasses many different types of chemistry and industries. From nanotechnology to large-scale chemical plants, from the drinks and pharmaceutical industries to teaching, the opportunities are numerous.
This course's dual accreditation from both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institution of Chemical Engineers and can lead to careers as a chemist or chemical engineer.

Chemistry graduates compete very successfully for jobs in all branches of the chemical industry as a result of their recognised expertise. These are well-rewarded careers that will allow you to go onto supervisory and management roles.

The range of problem-solving, analytical and management skills gained during a degree in Chemical Engineering means that chemical engineers are highly employable in wide range of businesses. Jobs range from research and development, the design, commissioning and management of plants, to product marketing and technical services. Employers include large organisations such as ExxonMobil, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Diageo.

How much will I earn?

The average graduate starting salary is £27,000. The start salary for chemical engineers with experience is around £53,000.

Chartered chemical engineers can earn in excess of £70,000.*

Where are they now?

93% of our graduates are in work or further study.** 

They compete very successfully for jobs in all branches of the chemical industry, both in the UK and overseas. The chance of employment is substantially increased by experience gained in undergraduate industrial placements and internships.

Our graduates are working in a range of interesting positions such as:

  • analytical chemists
  • chemical engineers
  • forensic examiners
  • forensic researchers
  • police officers
  • project engineers
  • development chemists
  • laboratory technicians
  • technical associates
  • research analysts
  • chemistry teachers

Recent employers include:

  • Atkins
  • Begg Cousland & Co Ltd
  • Ecolutia Services Ltd
  • Exxon Mobile
  • Intel
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Maxoil Solutions
  • Teijin Dupont Films
  • University of Strathclyde

*Information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the national Destination of Leavers Study.

International alumni

Our chemistry international alumni are almost 4,000 strong in locations all over the globe. After completing a chemistry course here at Strathclyde, they're now living and working in locations across Europe, including Spain, Germany and Italy as well as further afield, in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Middle East and the USA.

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How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of offer
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
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    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
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    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

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