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MEngChemical Engineering

Why this course?

If you like chemistry, physics and maths, enjoy problem-solving and teamwork, and want to apply science in a practical way, then Chemical Engineering could be the course for you.

Chemical engineers play a vital role in finding solutions to 21st-century challenges, such as providing people with clean water, medicines, food and fuel.

Our graduates design and operate industrial processes that turn raw materials into valuable products, minimising their environmental impact.

The Department of Chemical & Process Engineering is one of the largest such departments in the UK. We have strong links with employers worldwide and we're particularly pleased with our graduates’ excellent record of achievement.

What you’ll study

You’ll focus on basic principles and fundamentals of chemical engineering as well as core chemical engineering areas such as process analysis and statistics, fluid flow and heat transfer and safety.

In the later years, the course covers areas such as reactors, biochemical engineering and materials and processes.

The final year of study offers a range of advanced options, including nanotechnology, emerging technologies and safety management.

Work placement

Our courses prepare you for the international scope of careers in chemical engineering and related areas such as research & development, finance and consultancy. You'll have many opportunities to gain work experience and international placements. Many students carry out their final-year MEng project in industry, with companies ranging from oil and gas consultancies to GlaxoSmithKline and Diageo.

You'll have opportunities to work on projects in research groups across Europe, via the Erasmus scheme, and for exchanges to other countries such as the USA, Australia, Canada and South East Asia. We encourage and support students to compete for summer internships with top companies such as BP, and to enter national and international student business and innovation competitions.

Major projects

Project work is core to your chemical engineering education, developing your ability to apply technical know-how, manage your time, communicate and negotiate within a team, make decisions and judgements and write and present reports.

The MEng degree incorporates a range of major design projects enabling you to bring to the fore your growing skills in chemical engineering, whether technical or related skills such as teamwork and management.

Year 3 of the degree features a mini design project, when you work in teams on aspects of plant and process design. In Year 4 the detailed and conceptual design projects cover a full semester. It involves independent work in teams, demanding skills ranging from technical calculation, decision making, communicating and reporting to research and innovation.

The final year of the MEng degree includes a one-semester project which can be carried out in industry, at one of our European Erasmus partners (in Sweden, France, Spain, the Czech republic, Italy, among others), or in one of the department’s leading research groups.

Other projects include a team-based Frontiers of chemical engineering project in Year 1, and various research projects throughout other classes.

Facilities

Our department has extensive teaching, research and computer laboratories, including newly-refurbished labs and new offices and computer rooms dedicated to chemical engineering. You'll be able to use the latest equipment, from microscopes and laser-scattering spectroscopy to adsorption analysers, continuous reactors and supercomputers.

As well as department facilities, there are many shared suites of equipment such as advanced atomic force and electron microscopes, large University computer laboratories and meeting spaces bookable by student teams.

Postgraduate study

Graduates have many options for further postgraduate study, including MSc taught degrees and PhD and MRes research degrees. The department regularly recruits the top graduates as PhD research students, giving you the opportunity to take your experience, interests and qualifications further.

Course awards

Staff in the department regularly receive nominations in the annual University-wide Teaching Excellence Awards, voted for by Strathclyde’s students. Staff have also been in receipt of external awards from organisations such as the IChemE and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Student competitions

There are many student prizes up for grabs, including industry scholarships and industry-sponsored awards and prizes for the top graduates and best projects. We encourage students to apply for competitive internship places with top employers and to enter business and innovation competitions.

Every year, chemical engineering students from across the UK enter the Frank Morton sports day, with Strathclyde’s students winning top prize in 2014.

Chemical Engineering by Distance Learning

The part-time distance learning BEng/MEng courses are closely aligned with the full-time courses. The course features access to the same resources and materials alongside virtual webinars, video lectures, electronic forums and more. The Distance Learning courses are particularly popular with students from across the world currently working in industry, who wish to enhance their education to degree level with a fully-accredited institution.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer

http://www.engc.org.uk/informationfor/students-apprentices-and-graduates/

Course content

The MEng Chemical Engineering full-time course follows a five year curriculum including a final year of advanced topics and project.

Year 1 - Fundamentals
The first-year of study focuses on basic principles and fundamentals of chemical engineering, including:
  • tools and techniques
  • mathematics for engineers
  • chemistry for chemical engineers
  • practical chemistry

You'll also study elective classes selected from across the University.

Year 2 - Core Chemical Engineering

In second year, you'll study areas such as:

  • process analysis and statistics
  • fluid flow and heat transfer
  • safety
  • chemical engineering laboratory
  • thermodynamics and chemical principles
  • advanced mathematics
Year 3 - Core Chemical Engineering

The third year of study includes:

  • reactors
  • biochemical engineering
  • materials and processes
  • chemical engineering design
  • advanced IT
  • mass transfer and separation processes
  • ethics
  • sustainability and economics
  • chemical engineering laboratory
Year 4 - Chemical Engineering Design

The fourth year of study includes:

  • particle technology
  • multiphase systems
  • process control
  • environmental technology
  • advanced separations
  • problem solving

The second semester is entirely devoted to the chemical engineering design project.

Year 5 - Advanced Chemical Engineering

The final year of study offers a range of advanced options, including:

  • nanotechnology
  • emerging technologies
  • safety management
  • petrochemical engineering
  • advanced process control
  • nuclear engineering
  • programming and optimisation
  • molecular simulation

The second semester is devoted to the chemical engineering project, which can involve an industry placement, researching at a partner European university or conducting research within our own department.

Assessment

Our assessment methods include:

  • formal exams
  • mid-term class tests
  • online tests and quizzes
  • written coursework and research projects
  • design and project reports

Providing feedback and guidance to students is key to our work. Ways we do this include video-recording student presentations and following up exams with feedback sessions.

Learning & teaching

The emphasis throughout the course is to help students develop their confidence and ability to take responsibility for their own work and learning. The transition from being taught to working and learning is an important feature of the degree programme. Our teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory and practical work.

Guest lectures

Many of our classes involve guest lecturers from industry, covering subjects from environment and safety, to the latest energy-efficient chemical plant design and the promise of the ‘digital oilfield’.

The Year 4 design project includes masterclasses on safety and risk analysis from oil and gas representatives, while MEng final-year classes include options on emerging technologies delivered by a number of highly experienced industrial engineers and scientists.

We also welcome a number of industry-based visiting professors from sectors including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and nuclear energy.

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers 

AAAAB (Maths A, Chemistry B, Physics B) 

Advanced Highers

Maths, Chemistry and Physics recommended

A Levels

Year 1 entry

BBB

Typical entry requirements: AAB (Maths, Chemistry, Physics)

Year 2 entry

AAB

Typical entry requirements: A*AA (Maths, Chemistry, Physics) 

International Baccalaureate 

36 (Maths HL6, Chemistry HL5, Physics HL5) 

Additional Information

Deferred entry is 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

Scholarships

The department offers a range of industry-sponsored scholarship opportunities to undergraduate students in Chemical Engineering; all are awarded for student merit and can be highly competitive.

TitleNumber availableValue
Atkins Scholarship 1 annually £2,000 for years 3, 4 & 5, and paid summer placements
BP Achievement Scholarships Varies £1,500
BP STEM scholarship awards 10 annually across the University £5,000 each year for up to 4 years
Faculty Scottish Space School 5 annually £1,000 each year for up to 5 years
Royal Academy of Engineering Advanced Leadership Awards Varies, UK competition £5,000 over 3 years
ScottishPower Engineering Excellence Scholarship Scheme 2 annually £2,000 for years 3, 4 & 5, and paid summer placements
Wood Group Engineering Excellence Scholarship Scheme 2 annually £2, 000 for years 3, 4 & 5, and paid summer placements

Additional fees 

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

Chemical engineers are among the best rewarded engineers globally, and work across all sectors of industry from energy and foods to pharmaceuticals and medicine, as well as branching out into other areas such as finance and management.

The department works closely with the University Careers Service through every year of our course, to support students in building excellent employability skills and portfolios of experience.

Where are they now?

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

Recent job titles include:

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Process Engineer
  • Engineering Audit Intern
  • Graduate Commissioning Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Polymer Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Improvement Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Associate
  • Research Assistant
  • Surface Operations Engineer
  • Technical Support Engineer

Recent employers include:

  • AMEC
  • Astrazeneca
  • Babcok
  • BP
  • Diageo
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Grant’s Whisky
  • Ineos
  • Scottish and Southern Engineering (SSE)
  • Shell
  • Weir Group

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (2010/11 and 2011/12).

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  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
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  6. There’s three types of offer
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  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
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    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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  9. We welcome applications from international students

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

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