MEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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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 four year MEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience degree you'll study a range of core material incorporating the fundamentals of chemical engineering during years 1 and 2 and undertake an integrated work placement during year three. 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'll 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.

During your third year you'll go into industry for a yearlong placement during which you'll gain invaluable experience working as a chemical engineer. The industrial placement is assessed through a dissertation, logbook and poster presentation with support provided throughout from an industrial and an academic supervisor. Two modules, Catalytic Reaction Engineering Advanced Engineering Separations, are studied by distance learning during the placement year. Previous industrial experience placements have been with companies including:

  • AkzoNobel
  • AstraZeneca
  • AxxionRecycling
  • Bosch
  • British Sugar
  • British Petroleum
  • Cargill
  • Chevron Texaco
  • EDF Energy
  • Exxon Mobil
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • JaguarLandRover
  • Kraft Foods
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Rolls Royce
  • Syngenta
  • Tata Steel
  • Total
  • Unilever

The Design Project is a key component and is taught in the fourth year of the course. 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.

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

Special features

Spend your third year undertaking a paid industrial placement, increasing your depth and breadth of chemical engineering knowledge and gaining valuable practical work experience.

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 industrial experience placement is assessed by a dissertation, skills portfolio and logbook, as well as a presentation and competency interview.

The fourth 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
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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
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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
Catalytic Reaction Engineering (by Distance Learning) CHEN30041 10 Mandatory
Advanced Engineering Separations (by Distance Learning) CHEN30081 10 Mandatory
IE Poster Presentation CHEN30090 10 Mandatory
Industrial Experience Logbook & 2nd Site Visit CHEN30100 20 Mandatory
Industrial Experience Dissertation CHEN40050 50 Mandatory
Industrial Experience Skills Portfolio CHEN40060 20 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
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
Process Control CHEN30091 10 Mandatory
Process Design CHEN30120 10 Mandatory
Batch Processing CHEN30321 10 Mandatory
Sustainable Development & Industry CHEN31201 10 Mandatory
Nuclear Fuel Cycle CHEN40221 15 Optional
Utility System Design CHEN40431 15 Optional
Science of Formulation CHEN40441 15 Optional
Fundamentals of Numerical Methods & Simulation CHEN40451 15 Optional
Advanced Gas Separations CHEN40461 15 Optional
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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 .


The department 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.

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