BEng Chemical Engineering

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: H800
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • 6th in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2020)

  • Scholarships: access to departmental and faculty sponsorship and scholarships

Study with us

  • industry-sponsored scholarship opportunities
  • study abroad in Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada and South East Asia
  • opportunity to undertake your final-year project in industry
  • participate in student competitions
  • professional accreditation by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
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Why this course?

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.

What you’ll study

The first year of study focuses on the basic principles and fundamentals of chemical engineering.

In second year, you'll study core chemical engineering areas such as process analysis and statistics, fluid flow and heat transfer and safety.

The third year of study include areas such as reactors, biochemical engineering and materials and processes.

For BEng students, the final year of study includes particle technology, multiphase systems and process control. The second semester is entirely devoted to the chemical engineering design project.

Course overview

Our students tell us why they love studying Chemical Engineering.

 

We have a lot of very good lecturers who know a lot about their topics and are good at explaining the concepts from their point of view.

Samira Anker

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 BEng degree incorporates a range of major design projects enabling you to bring to the fore all 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, where you work in student 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.

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

Work placement

Our degree 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.

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 and Canada. 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.

Complete University Guide 2020 logo - top 10 for chemical engineering

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 curricula 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.

This unique opportunity to study the BEng course by distance is very useful for people like myself who wish to build the industry experience while studying. It was not an easy task but I have gained a lot of theoretical knowledge which underpins my engineering decisions in my day to day work.

Zohrab Bagirov, Process Engineer at BP Azerbaijan

Chemical Engineering distance learning graduate

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Course content

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.

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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’.

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

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.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements: AAAB

(Maths A, Chemistry B, Physics B)

Minimum entry requirements*: AABB

(Maths, Chemistry and Physics)

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

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB
Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB

(Maths & Chemistry or Physics)

International Baccalaureate

32

(Maths HL6, Chemistry HL5, Physics HL5)

HNC/HND

HNC/HND in Chemical Engineering or a degree in a related discipline plus relevant work experience; other qualifications may be considered; applicants with prior industry experience can enter the course at the equivalent to Year 3

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

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.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Fees & funding

2020/21

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

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£20,900

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

  • lab coat roughly costs £10, safety glasses £3

Placements & field trips 

  • two during the third year of undergraduate programme

Other costs

  • locker deposit (£10 refunded) 

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

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Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UK Scholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships

If you're applying for an undergraduate programme, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 15% reduction of your tuition fees for each year of study. Your first year’s scholarship will be £3,150.  

Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying. You must start your full-time undergraduate programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2020-21).

Find out more about the international scholarship
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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?*

Recent job titles include:

  • Facilities Engineer
  • Graduate Support Engineer
  • Lecturer
  • Operations Specialist
  • Process Chemical Engineer
  • Process Operations Supervisor
  • Production Chemist
  • Site Technical Manager
  • Waste Water Engineer

Recent employers include:

  • BOC
  • BP
  • Cp Chem Eng Ltd
  • Essar Oil
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Glenmorangie
  • Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Sabic

*Based on the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey.

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We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Chemical Engineering

Qualification: BEng

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Faculty of Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484

Email: eng-admissions@strath.ac.uk

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