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MEng Chemical Engineering with Study in Europe / 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.

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.

In the second year you will learn a new language, preparing you for an exciting third year abroad - studying in either France, Germany or Spain. The full foreign language course will include spoken language, grammar and some technical vocabulary. During your year abroad you will attend lectures and tutorials, participate in group work, write reports and take exams in the local language. You will also undertake a research project during your third year that will be assessed as part of your year abroad.

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. All of these elements of chemical engineering will be brought together in the consideration of the overall design of chemical processes.

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.

Aims

  • You will study a range of core material, learning the fundamentals of chemical engineering before specialising in 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 teamworking, problem-solving, communication, and the use of information technology.
  • You will benefit - both professionally and personally - from an exciting year studyingat a top European university.
  • You will learn a new language, undertaking a full foreign language course that includes spoken language, grammar and technical vocabulary.

Special features

An exciting year abroad

A life-changing year in Europe awaits, with options for third-year study in France, Germany or Spain. Take advantage of an opportunity you will never forget - learning all about a different social and technical culture, and enhancing your future career prospects.

Learn a new language

In the second year you will undertake a foreign language course. Learning a new language will not only prepare you for your year abroad; it can open up opportunities in your future.

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 5th in the UK for chemical engineering, and 8th in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2021).

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. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:

  • Key Lectures providing fundamental aspects supporting critical learning
  • Tailor-made videos delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Synchronous sessions to support the lecture and video material with Q&As
  • Problem solving sessions allowing application of taught concepts
  • PASS sessions and peer mentoring

 Students are expected to expand the concepts presented in the session and online by additional reading (suggested in the Online Reading List) in order to consolidate their learning process and further stimulate their interest to the module.

To ensure you feel supported during your course, surgery hours are also available for drop-in support. Feedback on problems and examples, feedback on coursework and exams, and model answers will also be provided through the virtual learning environment. A discussion board provides an opportunity to discuss topics related to the material presented in the module.

A typical week in your first year of study will compromise of approximately 35 hours of activity, of which the balance of timetabled study and independent or self-directed study will vary depending on your modules across the semester.

A typical taught 10 credit module in your first year of study will comprise of approximately 24 hours of core learning material (e.g., recorded lectures, problem solving sessions), 44 hours of self-guided work (e.g., continuous assessment, extra problems, reading), and 32 hours of exam style assessment revision and preparation. Across the year, you will take 100 credits of taught module, 10 credits of design and 10 credits of practical work.

As you progress through the course an increasing emphasis will be placed on practical and design work where you will be applying your knowledge and skills in substantial individual and group projects. The fourth year also allows you to carry out a research project and write a dissertation in a specific area.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring

We're proud of our innovative PASS and Peer Mentoring scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support around the current week's tutorial. It's entirely voluntary and consists of second, third and fourth-year current students helping first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

More about blended learning

Some of your activity will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate, helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

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. 

Our degrees are 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 transferrable skills that will be vital in the workplace, including:

  • technical report
  • presentation
  • interview
  • poster display

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

Course content for year 1

The course unit details listed below are those you will be expected to study as part of this programme and are referred to as mandatory units. These are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme.

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 CHEN10051 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

The course unit details listed below are those you will be expected to study as part of this programme. These are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme.

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
Distillation & Absorption CHEN20072 10 Mandatory
Process Integration CHEN20082 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
LEAP French 5 ULFR51050 20 Optional
LEAP German 5 ULGE51050 20 Optional
LEAP Spanish 5 ULSP51050 20 Optional
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Course content for year 3

The course unit details listed below are those you will be expected to study as part of this programme and are mandatory units. These are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme.

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
Study in Europe Year Abroad CHEN30040 120 Mandatory

Course content for year 4

The course unit details listed below are those you will be expected to study as part of this programme. These are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme.

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 10 Mandatory
Design Project 3 - Part 3 CHEN30032 15 Mandatory
Process Control CHEN30091 10 Mandatory
Process Design CHEN30122 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
Process Fluid Dynamics CHEN44211 15 Optional
Sustainable Resources and Processing CHEN44491 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

Luke Glynn, Alumni

The year spent in industry was particularly useful as the challenge of balancing

both the academic requirements and the professional workload sets you up well for a career in industry post-graduation. The approach to learning and problem solving that is instilled in students at Manchester is invaluable in adapting to new challenges.

Luke Glynn / Integrated Supply Chain, Akzonobel
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science blog .

Facilities

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CEAS Pilot Hall Tour

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