- UCAS Code: H801
- Accreditation: Institution of Chemical Engineers
Second-year entry: available for suitably-qualified students
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
- professional accreditation by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
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.
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.
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 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 GSK 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.
My favourite thing about studying at Strathclyde is the lifelong friends that I have made, both from on my course and through the societies I have joined.
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 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
The MEng Chemical Engineering full-time course follows a five year curriculum including a final year of advanced topics and project.
Year 1 - Fundamentals
- 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
- chemical engineering laboratory
- thermodynamics and chemical principles
- advanced mathematics
Year 3 - Core Chemical Engineering
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 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:
- 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.
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.
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.
My time at Strathclyde has been amazing so far despite the current circumstances, I would definitely recommend applying to Strathclyde if you are thinking of going to university!
I think that's the exciting part of being an engineer... you'll hopefully be part of a process that will create something that will help the future.
Sophie, Chemical Engineering (MEng) student
Required subjects are shown in brackets.
(Maths A, Chemistry B, Physics B)
AABB or ABBBB
(Maths, Chemistry and Physics)
Year 1 entry: AAB-BBB
(Maths & Chemistry or Physics)
Year 1 entry: 36-32
(Maths HL5, Physics HL5, Chemistry HL5)
Year 2 entry: 38-34
(Maths HL6, Physics HL6, Chemistry HL6)
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
View the entry requirements for your country.
|English language requirements|
If English is not your first language, please visit our English language requirements page for full details of the requirements in place before making your application.
Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.
Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.
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.
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'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
*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 2022-23, 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.
|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.
Course materials & costs
We do not charge students for course notes, all course notes are uploaded to myplace and students have the facility to print if required (costs would be incurred by the student).
Recommended texts are communicated to the library - students may wish to purchase their own copies.
Placements & field trips
Students are not required to purchase any specific software licenses – all software used is available on campus machines, either locally or remotely.
All undergraduates are provided, for the duration of their course, with student-membership of IChemE (Professional Body) paid for by an industrial sponsor (currently BP).
Students contribute to the ChemEng Soc, a Union affiliated group, paying yearly subs. The department helps subsidise some events.
A key social activity for students is the Annual Sports Day (Frank Morton) held at a different UK location each year - students can apply for bursaries from the union to help cover costs (£70/student/yr).
International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
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
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, 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.
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.
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
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.
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Start date: Sep 2022
Chemical Engineering (1 year entry)
Start date: Sep 2023
Chemical Engineering (1 year entry)
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