Chemical Engineering

UCAS codes

  • H810 -

Course contact

Dr Zaki El-Hassan
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BEng - 3years
  • BEng Hons - 4 years
  • BEng Hons (Sandwich) - 5 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Chemical engineering is at the forefront of the quest to produce clean energy and satisfy human needs in several areas such as pharmaceuticals, health, food, drink, oil, gas, petrochemicals, agriculture, fine chemicals and materials, in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. Professionally accredited and with paid placement opportunities, the BEng Chemical Engineering offers excellent job prospects and the potential to create a sustainable planet.

Professionally accredited and with optional paid placement opportunities, this course will give you excellent job prospects, real responsibility and the potential to contribute to the creation of a sustainable planet.

BEng Chemical Engineering - University of the West of Scotland

Chemical Engineering - 95 percent for overall student satisfaction


SQA Highers: BBBC including Maths and Chemistry
A-Levels: CC including Maths and one science (preferably Chemistry)
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H3 including Maths and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
SQA HNC: Chemical Engineering
SQA Advanced Highers: CCD including Maths, Chemistry and Physics
A-Levels: BCC including Chemistry, Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Chemical Engineering
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Chemical Engineering
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
SQA HND (Grade B) / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Chemical Engineering (Maths for Engineering 3)

Chemical engineers are involved in the design, operation and management of plants and processes resulting in products that influence our wellbeing and quality of life. The course combines academic study, hands-on experience and group projects to ensure you develop the essential practical and communication abilities required by employers in the 21st century process industries. You will study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through laboratory 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.

Industry experts will share their expertise through guest lectures. Claire Forsyth and Neil Bowman from NEL recently presented to students on the importance of correct measurement. 

The BEng is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the curriculum is designed to satisfy the high accreditation requirements which are internationally recognised.

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 chemical engineering subjects including process design, transport processes, engineering thermodynamics, separation processes, process safety, process control and project management are covered.

Optional Industrial Placement

One year can be spent on paid placement as a supervised, junior chemical engineer in industry. Placements are obtained competitively 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 core and advanced topics in separation processes, chemical reactor design, thermal systems design and integration, process safety, process control and some economic aspects of the process industry. You will also undertake a chemical engineering design study.
Graduates have gained employment with companies including GlaxoSmithKline; Amec Foster Wheeler; Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Seal Chemicals; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; Joint European Torus Project; and Procter and Gamble. You will undergo a period of pilot plant based training as part of the course, and can opt to take a one-year paid industrial placement. Sandwich placement options are available.  In recent years students have completed placements with organisations such as Diageo, Scottish Water and Trident Engineering Consultants. 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

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants who meet or exceed our entry criteria are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply
    87% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

    For course availability, check UCAS

    Additional costs

    Students will be required to buy personal protective equipment for lab work in Year 1 at a cost of around £20, while student membership of IChemE will cost £25.