Chemical Engineering

UCAS codes

  • H810 -

Course contact

Dr Zaki El-Hassan
0141 849 4101


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BEng Hons - 4 years
  • BEng Hons (Sandwich) - 5 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Chemical Engineering - 95 percent for overall student satisfaction

Chemical engineering is at the forefront of the quest to produce clean energy and satisfy human needs in areas such as health, food, energy and materials, in an environmentally-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible manner. Professionally accredited* and with paid placement opportunities, this course will give you excellent job prospects, real responsibility and the potential to create a sustainable planet.

  • SQA Highers: BBBB inc Maths & Chemistry
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC inc Maths & 1 science (preferably Chemistry), + GCSE Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBB inc Maths & Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL).
  • SQA HNC: Chemical Engineering
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBB inc Maths, Chemistry & Physics, + either HG or SG Technological Studies or Graphic Communication
  • GCE A-Levels:  BBB inc Chemistry, Maths & Physics + GCSEs Engineering or Design & Technology, and Chemistry
  • SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Chemical Engineering 
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Chemical Engineering. 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points.
  • SQA HND:  Grade A + Maths for Engineering 3
  • BTEC Level 5 / Foundation Degree (FdEng): Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are involved in the design, operation and management of plants and processes resulting in products that influence our well-being and quality of life. Combining academic study, hands-on experience and group projects you will develop the essential skills required by industry. 

You’ll study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through lab work; and use world-class process simulation tools such as Aspen Suite and Ansys Fluent. IT software is tailored to engineering students and includes MathCad, Polymath, AutoCAD and Microsoft Productivity Suite. 

Year 1

Studies include engineering fundamentals, mathematics and chemistry.

Year 2

Focuses on core chemical engineering topics in addition to mathematics and chemistry.

Year 3

Core studies include process design, transport processes, engineering thermodynamics, process safety and control and project management.

Optional Industrial Placement

One year’s paid placement as a supervised, junior chemical engineer can be taken. Placements are competitive and can be in any branch of the chemical/process industry, in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, British Nuclear Fuels, Doosan Babcock, Diageo and Sellafield Ltd.

Year 4 (Honours)

Study includes separation processes, chemical reactor design, thermal systems design and integration, process safety and control and some economic aspects of the process industry. You will undertake a chemical engineering design study.
Graduates have gained employment with companies including GlaxoSmithKline; Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; and Procter and Gamble. You will undergo a period of pilot plant-based training as part of the programme, and can opt to take a one-year paid industrial placement. Sandwich placement options are available. Accredited Engineering CouncilThis programme is accredited by the professional body, the Institution of Chemical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. The curriculum is designed to satisfy internationally recognised high accreditation requirements. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees including companies from countries that are signatories to international accords.

Useful Information

  • For course availability, check UCAS