BEng Chemical Engineering

Year of entry: 2020

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Overview

Degree awarded
BEng
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAB to include Maths at Grade A and either Physics or Chemistry
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades ABB to include Maths at Grade A and either Physics or Chemistry
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher level including Mathematics at HL6 and either Physics or Chemistry.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only.

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

  • Study at the birthplace of chemical engineering: Manchester.
  • Master the basics and hone your skills at the university ranked fifth for chemical engineering in the UK, and 22nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Get hands-on in one of the largest purpose-built pilot scale laboratories in Europe.
  • Become among the highest-paid graduates in the engineering field.

Open days

The University holds undergraduate open days regularly where you have the opportunity to find out more about our courses, the support we offer and see our facilities. Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

You can view the recent undergraduate virtual open week recorded sessions here

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 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

For information on scholarships available for 2020, please visit our dedicated web page .

Contact details

Department
Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Contact name
Dr Emily Cooksey
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/ceas
School/Faculty overview

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAB. This should include Mathematics at Grade A and either Physics or Chemistry plus one other academic subject.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

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

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher level including Mathematics at HL6 and either Physics or Chemistry.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only.

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

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 department directly.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

We require minimum grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be considered for the course.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department (s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require: 80% average with a minimum of 80% in Maths, Physics and Chemistry

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

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 in Engineering or Science, are required to achieve AAB (A in Maths) 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 in Engineering or Science are required to achieve AAB (A in Maths) with grade B in EAP.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic department 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 department 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 department directly.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

For this course, Access to HE Diplomas will normally only be considered in conjunction with A Levels. Please contact the academic department 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/B at A level in three distinct subjects. This must include Maths at A level Grade A or equivalent and either Physics or Chemistry.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department (s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits 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 application and at interview.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic department, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C, or;
  • IELTS 6 with no subtest less than 5.5 , or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic department for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

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 assessment.

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

Begin your journey towards a challenging yet rewarding career in chemical engineering by studying at the subject's birthplace: Manchester.

You will learn the fundamentals of a key subject concerned with the design and management of processes that carry out molecular transformations on a large scale - providing the products and materials that we all need, from oil and gas to food and pharmaceuticals.

At Manchester, all of our programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), meaning your education will equip you to graduate with an industrially approved degree. There will be emphasis on the technical aspects of chemical engineering. These revolve around managing the behaviour of materials and chemical reactions, as well as predicting and manipulating compositions, flows, temperatures, and pressures of solids, liquids and gases.

This is balanced with process safety and sustainability, which are inherent to all of our programmes. The latter is heavily embedded within your third-year design project. Here, you will undertake an open-ended team project to design a complete production process. Examples have included the sustainable production of chemicals such as propylene oxide and ethylene glycol from waste, and our design teams have won more IChemE Macnab-Lacey Prize for their efforts than any other university. Could you be next?

Aims

  • You will study a range of core material, learning the fundamentals of chemical engineering.
  • We will help you understand and describe chemical, physical and biological processes using mathematical equations.
  • You will benefit from hands-on experience using specialist equipment, and learn techniques applied in industry for large-scale manufacturing.
  • You will develop skills that will be of great use in your future career, such as team-working, problem-solving, communication, and the use of information technology.

Special features

Outstanding reputation

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at Manchester has an excellent international reputation, and a qualification from us can be your passport to a successful career anywhere in the world.

We are ranked fifth in the UK for chemical engineering, and 22nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Leading facilities

Get to grips with an incredible array of facilities and equipment . Our £12 million James Chadwick Building houses the biggest pilot scale laboratory of any university in the UK.

Welcoming community

Our Department has a rich history and a bright future - and always a welcoming and encouraging student community. Find out more on our Department blog .

Expert guidance

You'll be taught by true experts in their fields, and our renowned Careers Service can help you make the right next steps.

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.

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
Engineering Mathematics 3 CHEN20041 10 Mandatory
Chemical Engineering Optimisation 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
Solids Processing CHEN20061 10 Optional
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 15 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 2 CHEN30022 20 Mandatory
Process Synthesis CHEN30031 15 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
BEng Design Project 1 CHEN30132 15 Mandatory
BEng Design Project 2 CHEN30142 20 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 3 CHEN30152 10 Mandatory
Advanced Engineering Separations (BEng) CHEN30171 10 Mandatory
Process Control (BEng) CHEN30191 10 Mandatory
Catalytic Reaction Engineering (BEng) CHEN30251 10 Mandatory
Batch Processing CHEN30321 10 Mandatory
Process Design BEng CHEN33120 10 Mandatory
Sustainable Development & Industry BEng CHEN33201 10 Mandatory
Batch Processing BEng CHEN33321 10 Mandatory
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Scholarships and bursaries

The Department 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

Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science blog .

Facilities

In our £12 million James Chadwick Building you'll have access to modern lab spaces, dedicated computer suites, and a famed pilot scale area with a range of large-scale industrial processing equipment. It's one of the biggest and best of any European university. See our outstanding facilities for yourself through our virtual open day .

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

A chemical engineering degree from Manchester can be your ticket into any number of industries. You might, for example, progress to a career in food and drink, chemicals, oil or gas; or you could move into petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, energy generation or waste treatment. The possibilities are endless.

Your future could lie in design, operations, or as a consultant. Or, you might head down the path of research and development. You could even use the skills you gain to pursue a career in a non-chemical engineering sector, such as business, finance, marketing, banking, insurance, accountancy or IT.

Whatever you decide, you'll be among a cohort of chemical engineering graduates who typically go on to earn more than those progressing from other disciplines. Find out more about our chemical engineering graduates .

Accrediting organisations

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers