Chemical Engineering student

BEngChemical Engineering

Why this course?

If you like chemistry 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.

What you’ll study

The first year of study focuses on 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.

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.

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 yourrowing 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.


Our department has extensive teaching, research and computer laboratories, including newly-refurbished labs and ew offices and computer rooms.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 even further.

Course awards

Our staff regularly receive nominations in the annual University-wide Teaching Excellence Awards, voted for by Strathclyde 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. 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.


Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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.


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’.

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

Entry requirements

Required subjects are indicated following typically accepted grades.


Standard entry requirements

AAAB (Maths A, Chemistry B, Physics B)

Advanced Highers

Maths, Chemistry and Physics recommended

A Levels 

Year 1 entry


Typical entry requirements: ABB (Maths, Chemistry/Physics)

Year 2 entry


Typical entry requirements: AAA (Maths, Chemistry/Physics)

International Baccalaureate 

32 (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 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.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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


  • 2019/20: £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2019/20: £9,250

Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); 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: £20,050

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an undergraduate course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £4,000 towards your tuition fees for your first year of study and an additional £1,500 for each subsequent year.

The scholarship is available for application 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 (2019-20).

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.

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?

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.

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.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

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

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.


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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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.

    Applications are still welcome from international students (non-EU) and those living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  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 decision
    • 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
  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.
  8. 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.
  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.

    For further information:
  10. Here’s a really useful video to help you apply

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