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Help Build a Sustainable Planet

Professionally accredited, and with paid placement opportunities, the MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering offers excellent job prospects and the potential to help create a sustainable planet.

This 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 chemical engineering and processing industries. 

Chemical engineering is at the forefront of the quest to produce clean energy and satisfy human needs across a number of areas in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. These areas include pharmaceuticals, health, food, drink, oil, gas, petrochemicals, agriculture, fine chemicals and materials.

Professional Recognition

The BEng (Hons) course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the high standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC). Accreditation for MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering from IChemE will be sought in due course. The curriculum is designed to satisfy internationally recognised accreditation requirements.

Dr Les Hutchison Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship scheme will see £2,000 being awarded annually to one student to support the student experience in the Honours year of undergraduate study. To find out more about eligibility criteria or to apply click here.

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Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below.

Chemical Engineering Programme Leader

Placement Opportunities

You will undergo a period of pilot plant-based training as part of the course and you can opt to take a one-year paid industrial placement between year 3 and year 4 as a supervised, junior chemical engineer.

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.

ENGINEERING AT UWS

UWS has over 100 years’ experience in training engineers. Many of our courses are professionally accredited and designed to anticipate industry demand. Their delivery is supported by excellent on-campus facilities. Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to succeed in engineering.

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in Scotland for teaching in Chemical, Process & Energy Engineering - National Student Survey 2020

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of BEng Chemical Engineering students in professional employment or further study 6 months after graduating - DLHE survey 2016/17

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
 
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
 
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Advanced Entry

Advanced entry is only possible to BEng (Hons) Years 2 and 3 of this course for suitably qualified applicants (see below). There are no advanced entry opportunities on the MEng (Hons) course.

Transferring to the MEng (Hons)

If you are initially registered and enrolled on the BEng (Hons) course, and meet the performance requirements in years 1, 2 and 3 you may be eligible to transfer onto the MEng (Hons) in Year 4.

International Applicants

Many international applicants (see exempt nationalites*) are advised that they will need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can be considered for an unconditional offer of study on this undergraduate integrated masters course.

Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) will ask to see your ATAS certificate as part of your visa application process.

UK immigration law does not allow universities to permit international students to study for an ATAS applicable course until the student has supplied the university with all the relevant ATAS certificate details for their application.

*Exempt Nationalities

Students who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an ATAS certificate to study on ths course.

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Year 1

MEng (Hons)

  • Scottish Highers: ABBB (114 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths & Chemistry, plus SQA National 5 (Grade C, or above) or Intermediate 2 (Grade C, or above), or Standard Grade (Credit) in English
  • A levels: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H3 including Maths and Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 32 points including HL Maths & Chemistry

BEng (Hons)

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths, plus SQA National 5 Chemistry (Grade B) or Intermediate 2 (Grade B)
  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths and Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Maths & Chemistry at HL
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to STEM (BBB)
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Chemical Engineering

Year 2

BEng (Hons) only - advanced entry to Year 2 MEng (Hons) is not possible

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Chemistry, Maths and Physics
  • A levels: BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) including Chemistry, Maths and Physics
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points including Maths & Chemistry at HL (Physics also recommended)
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Chemical Engineering (for SQA HNC, with Grade A in the Graded Unit)
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND*: Chemical Engineering
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM 

* see also Year 3 entry

Year 3

BEng (Hons) only - advanced entry to Year 3 MEng (Hons) is not possible

  • SQA HND: Chemical Engineering (with pass in the Maths for Engineering 3 unit and Grade B in the Graded Unit)
  • BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Chemical Engineering (must include modules/units in Engineering Mathematics at the equivalent level of SCQF 8 or 9)

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

Practical focus

Over the course of the MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering, 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. 

Combining theoretical study, practical experience and group projects, you’ll develop the essential skills demanded by employers in the chemical engineering and processing industries.

Throughout the course, there will be several industry experts who will lecture to you and who will share their expertise through special guest lectures. For example, staff from NEL (Engineering Consultancy) recently presented to students on the critical importance of correct measurements in science and engineering.  

Study abroad

It is always possible to augment your studies and broaden your horizons by learning a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities. You can find out more on learning a language and studying abroad through on our study abroad at UWS webpage.

Year 1

Studies include engineering fundamentals, mathematics and chemistry.

Year 2

Studies focus 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 Industry 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 - BEng (Hons)

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.

Year 5 - MEng (Hons)

Advanced studies into the sustainability and the integration of chemical plants and processes, plus the advanced understanding of heat transfer and fluid mechanics and their computational simulation.

You will also undertake a major research project.

Teaching & Assessment

You will engage with a range of complimentary and creative learning and teaching approaches throughout the BEng Chemical Engineering, including:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • computer based simulations
  • design problems and projects
  • flipped classes
  • case studies

These are designed to help develop knowledge and understanding of key specialisms within Chemical Engineering in a changing global environment. But, they also to provide opportunities for you to reflect on your personal development in terms of confidence, employability skills and aim to help prepare you for a successful career in chemical/process industries.

The MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering degrees use a variety of assessment methods including both formative and summative assessment modes. This include formative assessment during tutorials, practical laboratory exercises and process simulation sessions as well as written exams, written reports, design exercises, oral presentations and essays.

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple language.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

BEng (Hons)/MEng Chemical Engineering Course Structure

Career Prospects

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 MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering prepare you for a long and rewarding career in the chemical and processing industries.

Jobs

Graduates fom Chemical Engineering have gained employment with a number of high-profile and sector-leading companies including:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Atkins Global
  • Foster Wheeler
  • Texaco
  • BNFL Sellafield
  • Seal Chemicals
  • Doosan Babcock
  • Nestlé 
  • Procter & Gamble

Our graduates have secured roles in research, design, development, manufacturing and production.

Further study

The BEng (Hons) course partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the IChemE. This course prepares you for further study on an accredited master's degree which will allow you to apply for Chartered Engineer status.

Successful completion of BEng (Hons) would allow progression to postgraduate study on one of the University’s Postgraduate Diploma or MSc programmes, for example MSc in Chemical Engineering.

It is anticipated that when accredited, the MEng (Hons) will fully satisfy the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the IChemE.

If you successful complete MEng (Hons) you could progress to PhD study.

Graduate study at other universities is possible and some of our graduates have even progressed to undertake a teaching qualification.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£16,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Modular fee 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credit)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

More on current & future tuition fees

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

£1,820 Cost per year of study (usually paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS)

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost per year of study

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Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
 
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
 
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
 
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

Dr Les Hutchison Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship scheme will see £2,000 being awarded annually to one student to support the student experience in the Honours year of undergraduate study. To find out more about eligibility criteria or to apply click here.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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