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 modern process measurements, safety management, programming and optimisation, and molecular simulation and petroleum engineering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The MEng Chemical Engineering full-time course follows a five year curriculum including a final year of advanced topics and project.
Year 1 - Fundamentals
Year 2 - Core Chemical Engineering
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 3 - Core Chemical Engineering
In second year, you'll study areas such as:
- process analysis and statistics
- fluid flow and heat transfer
- chemical engineering laboratory
- thermodynamics and chemical principles
- advanced mathematics
Year 4 - Chemical Engineering Design
The third year of study includes:
- biochemical engineering
- materials and processes
- chemical engineering design
- advanced IT
- mass transfer and separation processes
- sustainability and economics
- chemical engineering laboratory
Year 5 - Advanced Chemical Engineering
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.
The final year of study offers a range of advanced options, including:
- modern process measurements
- safety management
- petrochemical 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.
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.
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.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
AAAAB (Maths A, Chemistry B, Physics B)
Maths, Chemistry and Physics recommended
Year 1 entry
Typical entry requirements: AAB (Maths, Chemistry, Physics)
Year 2 entry
Typical entry requirements: A*AA (Maths, Chemistry, Physics)
36 (Maths HL6, Chemistry HL5, Physics HL5)
Deferred entry is 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.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
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.
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.
Rest of UK
The 2018-19 fee rate will be updated when it has been confirmed by the UK and Scottish Governments. 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.
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.
International Study Centre
Please find information about the student fees for university pathway programmes on the International Study Centre (ISC) website.
Course materials & costs
Estimated cost for laboratory coat:
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
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.
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?
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:
- Grant’s Whisky
- Scottish and Southern Engineering (SSE)
- Weir Group
*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (2010/11 and 2011/12).