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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

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

In the four-year Chemical Engineering MEng degree you will not only learn the fundamentals of this key subject; you'll also have the opportunity to specialise in an advanced area of your choosing - including energy, separation and modelling - so you can dig even deeper into the theme that interests you most. The fourth year also allows you to carry out a research project and write a dissertation in a specific area.

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, and 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.


  • You will study a range of core material, learning the fundamentals of chemical engineering before specialising in the areas of advanced chemical engineering that interest you most.
  • 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

Specialisation opportunities in Year 4

The four-year MEng option presents an opportunity to study advanced chemical engineering topics, as well as carry out a research project and write a dissertation in a specific area, such as molecular modelling; healthcare engineering; engineering and sensing; bioengineering and biotechnology; catalysis and chemical reaction engineering; systems modelling and sustainability.

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).

Welcoming community

Our Department has a rich history and a bright future - and always a welcoming and encouraging student community. You'll also be taught by true experts in their fields. Find out more on our Department blog.

Teaching and learning

At 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, supported by lecture podcasts and supplementary video tutorials.

Coursework and assessment

Our degrees are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, designed to allow you to demonstrate your ability and develop a wide range of transferable skills. For example, our first and second year laboratories are assessed by a range of methods to develop the complementary transferable skills that will be vital in the workplace, including:

  •  technical report
  • presentation
  • interview
  • poster display

Your third year design project is assessed by group and individual design reports, a group presentation and an individual interview, with peer assessment 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
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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
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
Process Design CHEN30120 10 Mandatory
Batch Processing CHEN30321 10 Mandatory
Sustainable Development & Industry CHEN31201 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
Sustainable Energy Systems CHEN40202 15 Optional
Nuclear Fuel Cycle CHEN40221 15 Optional
Chemical Engineering Molecular Simulation CHEN40232 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
Chemical Product Design CHEN40472 15 Optional
Process Fluid Dynamics CHEN44211 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

At The University of Manchester we're committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please see our undergraduate fees pages and check the Department's funding pages .

What our students say

Shobana Simon, Alumni

The course is a perfect blend of lectures, coursework, design projects, and exams and

enhances one's problem-solving skills. Manchester also gives you the opportunity to work with students from all over the world. This prepared me for my current role where collaboration is key to successfully delivering various projects in a multinational company.

Shobana Simon / Process Engineer, Shell
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science blog .


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