Institution of Chemical Engineers, Royal Society of Chemistry
study abroad opportunity in Year 3
High Flyer Programme:
qualified applicants can complete course in four years
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
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.
Students undertake a Chemical Engineering Design research project, plus further Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry & Spectroscopy and Process Control & Environmental technology.
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.
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.
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
Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Safety Lab & Transferable Skills
Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer
Process Analysis & Statistics
Practical Preparative & Physical Chemistry
Intermediate Organic Chemistry & Spectroscopy
Mass Transfer & Separation Processes
Chemical Engineering Design & Advanced Information Technology
Chemical Engineering Practice
This year is spent in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering undertaking a detailed chemical engineering-focused research project.
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.
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.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
Year 1 entry: AAAB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics, English preferred as fourth subject)
Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study
Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
Year 2 entry: 34 (Chemistry, Maths, Physics all at HL)
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
Deferred entry accepted
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.
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:
Recent employers include:
Begg Cousland & Co Ltd
Ecolutia Services Ltd
Teijin Dupont Films
University of Strathclyde
*Information is intended only as a guide.
**Based on the national Destination of Leavers Study.
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.
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
It costs £12 to apply for a course
The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
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.
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.
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.
There’s three types of offer
unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
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.
You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
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.
We welcome applications from international students