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MEng Chemical Engineering
Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of chemical engineering and the skills you need to launch a successful career.

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MEng Chemical Engineering

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MEng
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAA.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades AAB to include Maths at Grade A and either Physics or Chemistry, excluding General Studies
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
36 points overall including 6,6,6 at the Higher level including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
1900 applications for 295 places across all first year courses
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Learn in the largest and best equipped pilot scale laboratory of any UK university.
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK for Chemical Engineering (2018 QS World University Rankings).
  • Choose to study a range of advanced chemical engineering topics in fourth year.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Visit our dedicated Fees and Funding section for information on scholarships and sponsorships.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Contact name
Dr James Winterburn
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 9331
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 306 9321
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/ceas
School/Faculty overview
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAA-AABB. This should include Mathematics at Grade A and either Physics or Chemistry plus one other academic subject. This excludes General Studies.

AS-level

We do not consider AS Levels as part of our offer

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Minimum Grade C (Grade 4 in newly reformed GCSE's) in English Language, Mathematics and Science

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall including 6,6,6 at the Higher level including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

Scottish requirements

2 Advanced Highers in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry at Grade A + 2 Highers at Grade A (any subjects)

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. Grade A in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Core can be used in lieu of the third A Level subject

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

AQA Baccalaureate

Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve AAA, to include Maths and Physics or Chemistry, with grade B in EAP.  INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve AAA to include Maths and Physics or Chemistry with grade B in EAP.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We will only consider the National Extended Diploma in Engineering or Applied Science, at Grade DDD, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A in A Level Maths.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We will only consider the National Diploma in Engineering or Applied Science, at Grade DD, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A in A Level Maths.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We will only consider the National Foundation Diploma, at Grade D, in conjunction with Grade A in A Level Maths and Grade A in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We will only consider the National Extended Certificate, at Grade D, in conjunction with Grade A in A Level Maths and Grade A in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We will only consider the Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering, at Grade DDD, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A in A Level Maths.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We will only consider the Technical Diploma in Engineering, at Grade DD, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A in A Level Maths.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We will only consider the Technical Foundation Diploma, at Grade D/D*, in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths and Grade A/A* in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We will only consider the Technical Extended Certificate, at Grade D, in conjunction with Grade A in A Level Maths and Grade A in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diplomas are only considered in conjunction with A Levels. Please contact the academic School for further information before applying

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects. This must include Maths and either Physics or Chemistry

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefit of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview.

For this course, as well as the regular conditions of offer, we may make students who are currently taking, or have completed the EPQ, an alternative offer, ie. in additional to the standard offer of AAA, we will also make an alternative offer of AAB plus the Extended Project at Grade A.

PLEASE NOTE: Where a particular grade is required in a pre-requisite subject, that grade will not be reduced; the reduction will be in another subject.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

English language

GCSE grade C (Grade 4 in newly reformed GCSE's), IELTS 6.0 with no subtest below 5.5, or an equivalent English Language qualification

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

We are looking for evidence of your interest in this subject, and your commitment to studying it.

Interview requirements

All Home / EU applicants will be invited for interview as part of the application process.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Chemical engineering is concerned with designing and managing processes to carry out molecular transformations at large scale, in order to provide the products and materials we all need. Chemical engineers take raw materials and turn them into useful products via chemical or biological reactions.

As part of the MEng Chemical Engineering degree you'll study a range of core material incorporating the fundamentals of chemical engineering. The technical aspects of chemical engineering revolve around managing the behaviour of materials and chemical reactions. This means predicting and manipulating compositions, flows, temperatures and pressures of solids, liquids and gases. You will discover how to understand and describe chemical, physical and biological processes using mathematical equations, as well as learning about and getting hands-on experience of using the equipment and techniques applied in industry for large-scale manufacturing.

The third year Design Project is a key component of our courses. Working in teams students undertake an open ended project to design a complete production process. Sustainability is embedded within the design project, with examples including the sustainable production of chemicals such as propylene oxide and ethylene glycol and succinic acid production from waste.

Our student design project groups have won the IChemE's Macnab-Lacey Prize three times since its introduction in 2011. The prize is awarded to the student design project which best demonstrates how engineering can contribute to a more sustainable world.

As well as core chemical engineering, in fourth year you'll choose a specialist theme to give you a deeper understanding of areas of advanced chemical engineering. These specialist areas include Energy, Separation and Modelling.

Alongside studying advanced chemical engineering topics you will also carry out a research project and write a dissertation in fourth year. Research projects are supervised by our world leading academics in areas such as:

  • Molecular modelling
  • Healthcare engineering
  • Engineering and sensing
  • Bioengineering and biotechnology
  • Catalysis and chemical reaction engineering
  • Systems modelling and sustainability

All of our degree programmes are fully accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the global professional body for chemical engineers.

Special features

There are a range of options available to study abroad as part of our established exchange schemes. For more information see our study abroad web page .

Teaching and learning

At The University of Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in chemical engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We use a combination of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and problem based learning, which are supported by lecture podcasts and supplementary video tutorials.

Coursework and assessment

Our degrees are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, with taught modules typically composed of 20% coursework and 80% written examination. Our first and second year laboratories are assessed by a range of methods to develop the complementary transferrable skills that will be vital in the workplace, for example:

  • Technical report
  • Presentation
  • Interview
  • Poster display

The third year Design Project is assessed by group and individual design reports, a group presentation and an individual interview, with peer assessment being also incorporated.

The fourth year research project is assessed by the final dissertation as well as a poster presentation and interview.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Engineering Mathematics 1 CHEN10011 10 Mandatory
Engineering Chemistry CHEN10022 10 Mandatory
Process Fluid Flow CHEN10031 10 Mandatory
Process Engineering Fundamentals CHEN10041 10 Mandatory
Computational Methods for Chemical Engineering CHEN10050 10 Mandatory
Laboratory Projects 1 CHEN10060 10 Mandatory
Engineering Mathematics 2 CHEN10072 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics CHEN10081 10 Mandatory
Process Heat Transfer CHEN10092 10 Mandatory
Chemical Engineering Design Project CHEN10122 10 Mandatory
Engineering Biotechnology CHEN10162 10 Mandatory
Chemical Thermodynamics CHEN10192 10 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Laboratory Projects 2 CHEN20020 20 Mandatory
Managing My Future CHEN20031 0 Mandatory
Engineering Mathematics 3 CHEN20041 10 Mandatory
Modelling and Optimization CHEN20051 10 Mandatory
Solids Processing CHEN20061 10 Mandatory
Distillation & Absorption CHEN20072 10 Mandatory
Process Integration CHEN20082 10 Mandatory
Momentum, Heat & Mass Transfer CHEN20112 10 Mandatory
Chemical Reactor Design CHEN20141 10 Mandatory
Process Safety CHEN20152 10 Mandatory
Materials Science and Mechanical Design CHEN20191 10 Mandatory
Process Design & Simulation CHEN21112 10 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Design Project 3 - Part 1 CHEN30012 20 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 2 CHEN30022 30 Mandatory
Process Synthesis CHEN30031 10 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 3 CHEN30032 10 Mandatory
Catalytic Reaction Engineering CHEN30051 10 Mandatory
Advanced Engineering Separations CHEN30071 10 Mandatory
Process Control CHEN30091 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation: Semester 1 Report & Individual Performance CHEN40100 10 Mandatory
Dissertation: Poster & Presentation CHEN40122 10 Mandatory
MEng Dissertation CHEN40132 40 Mandatory
Interface & Colloid Science CHEN40052 15 Optional
Adsorption & Ion Exchange CHEN40061 15 Optional
Computer Aided Process Design CHEN40171 15 Optional
Distributed & Renewable Energy Systems CHEN40202 15 Optional
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle CHEN40222 15 Optional
Molecular Modelling & Simulation in Chemical Engineering CHEN40232 15 Optional
Utility Systems CHEN40431 15 Optional
Flow & Transport Processes in Porous Media CHEN41101 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 11 course units for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

The School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science offers The Morton Award for International Excellence and George Davis Awards for Academic Excellence. For further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit the scholarship information pages .

What our students say

'I decided to study Chemical Engineering as it's quite a broad subject and overlaps with many other areas of engineering. Manchester appealed to me because of its reputation, links with industry and many worldwide partner universities'. Celine Dischamps

Facilities

The School has excellent facilities with well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, modern lecture theatres, and dedicated computer suites.

You'll be able to put theory into practice on industrial scale equipment , providing opportunities to learn using industry standard equipment, such as our Siemens PCS7 process control system, which will help you understand the practical problems of controlling processes on an industrial scale.

We also have a large undergraduate teaching laboratory in which you'll conduct smaller-scale experiments, ranging from investigating transient heat transfer and fluid flow to producing biofuel, learning how to plan and undertake experimental work as well as how to analyse the data obtained.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Our graduates enter a diverse range of industry sectors including food and drink, chemical, oil, gas and petrochemical, pharmaceutical, fast moving consumer goods, energy generation and waste treatment. They work in design, operations, as consultants or undertake research and development.

Others use the skills they have gained for a career in non-chemical engineering sectors such as business, finance, marketing, banking, insurance, accountancy and IT.

Accrediting organisations

Accredited by Institution of Chemical Engineers