The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



The BEng programme forms the core for our advanced MEng programmes allowing us to offer flexibility to students. Programmes share the same first two Levels, with the more chemistry oriented Pharmaceutical Chemistry MEng programme specialising in chemistry topics in Level 3. Our programmes aim to provide students with the sound understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals needed to become professional Chartered Engineers. In addition to a grounding in science, mathematics and engineering, our students acquire practical abilities that are highly sought after by industry.


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.

Course content

Year 1

Provides a general introduction to the subject, emphasising the role of basic mathematics and science. Courses introduce basic techniques and principles of chemical engineering including: Mass Balances; Basic Thermodynamics and Energy Balances. An awareness of professional and personal development forms a critical part of the teaching in this year.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:31%
  • Independent learning: 69%


  • Written:75%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 25%
Year 2

Important themes focus on an understanding of the movement of fluids, heat transfer and how materials behave. Principal components include Fluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; Mass Transfer and Thermodynamics. A mini design project is also included.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:32%
  • Independent learning: 68%


  • Written:61%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Coursework: 31%
Year 3

Provides opportunities to analyse key operations in the industry, particularly the processing and separation of gases and liquids. In parallel, there are courses looking at chemical reactor theory, how processes are controlled and the prediction of physical behaviour. Material on Safety, Sustainability and Economics is consolidated in a group-based project.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:33%
  • Independent learning: 67%


  • Written:56%
  • Practical: 13%
  • Coursework: 31%
Year 4

A central theme is the advanced analysis of key processing operations and their control. Specialist topics include Energy Efficiency, Safety and Sustainability. A group-based design project is also undertaken.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:27%
  • Independent learning: 73%


  • Written:62%
  • Practical: 4%
  • Coursework: 34%
Year 5

Specialist and core chemical engineering subjects are studied in this year, along with the extensive research project. A central theme is the enhanced design project, where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in process design and commercial awareness.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 30%
  • Independent learning: 70%


  • Written:60%
  • Practical: 5%
  • Coursework: 35%


Work and study

This is what our MEng Chemical Engineering students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 80% are working
  • 15% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 95% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £28000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £28000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Quality and regulatory professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • HNC B In graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement - Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC in Advanced Higher Mathematics and Chemistry
  • Additional information Qualifications must include Mathematics and Chemistry. Physics is strongly advised at least at Standard Grade / National 5, GCSE, or equivalent. Applicants may be admitted with a range of alternative qualifications.

Year 2

  • A-Levels AAB
  • Advanced Highers AAB in Mathematics and Chemistry
  • HNC A in graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement - graded units tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in graded units. Additional HND profile requirement - graded units tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Chemistry

Year 3

  • Additional information Some applicants may qualify for advanced entry to Level 3. For example HND, AA in graded units. Additional HND profile requirement: graded units tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Additional information

  • Successful progression on MEng will depend on academic performance during Level 3.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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