Further information

Overview

The Department offers an integrated four-year MEng degree course in Chemical Engineering (UCAS code H801).  Two alternative MEng study plans are also offered:

  • Chemical Engineering With a Year Abroad (UCAS code H802)
  • Chemical with Nuclear Engineering

All are based on a common philosophy and common set of core courses, augmented by appropriate options.

The design of the MEng course has been based upon a number of key principles:

  • Fluency in the fundamental principles of mathematics and chemical engineering science - students are expected to develop a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles, and not simply to be able to manipulate empirical formulae.
  • Active learning techniques - more than half of the programme is centred around project work of various types as opposed to formal lectures.
  • Design proficiency - the ability to incorporate concepts into the design of new products or processes is an important characteristic of all engineering disciplines and is reflected by design projects of increasing complexity distributed throughout the course.
  • Development of professional skills - skills in group working and problem-solving and competence in oral and written communication are stressed throughout the course.
  • Industrial involvement - All students are expected to participate successfully in an industry based project towards the latter part of the course.
  • Flexibility of provision - Because students interest develop in different directions, a wide variety of options are available in the last two years of the course - some choose to study abroad for a year (in English or a foreign language), others choose "streams" which concentrate on business and management studies, environmental issues, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, or others.

The underlying goal of this course is the preparation of high quality graduates who will ultimately take leadership roles in their chosen professions, whether in the process engineering sector, in research, or in the various commercial activities which attract many of our graduates.

Handbooks

The full prospectus and syllabuses of the current courses are available on the College prospectus website.

Handbooks for the MEng programmes with useful information and detailed objectives for the various components of each academic year can be found in the links below:

  • The current version is available on Blackboard Learn for internal students.

Year abroad

Students on the exchange in France or Spain option will mainly follow the courses in the first three years of the standard Chemical Engineering course, and will spend their final year in France. This is also possible with one destination in Spain. The only difference from the standard course is that language tuition will normally be substituted for some topics. (If you are fluent in the language on entry, you will be expected to follow the standard course prior to going abroad).

You will have to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in French/Spanish six months before the planned start of the year abroad. You will also be expected to have maintained at least a 2.1 degree standard academically. If you do not reach this level you will be able to transfer to the standard course. You may also transfer to the standard course at any earlier time. Similarly, there are opportunities for anyone from the standard course to transfer to the Year Abroad course.

There is competition for the limited number of exchange places to the USA, Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands, though the latter two take place in the final year, not the third. If your aim is to go to one of these destinations, you will be invited to follow the MEng curriculum in the first and second years.

The Department offers an integrated four-year MEng degree course in Chemical Engineering.  Two alternative MEng study plans are also offered:

All are based on a common philosophy and common set of core courses, augmented by appropriate options.

The design of the MEng course has been based upon a number of key principles:

  • Fluency in the fundamental principles of mathematics and chemical engineering science - students are expected to develop a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles, and not simply to be able to manipulate empirical formulae.
  • Active learning techniques - more than half of the programme is centred around project work of various types as opposed to formal lectures.
  • Design proficiency - the ability to incorporate concepts into the design of new products or processes is an important characteristic of all engineering disciplines and is reflected by design projects of increasing complexity distributed throughout the course.
  • Development of professional skills - skills in group working and problem-solving and competence in oral and written communication are stressed throughout the course.
  • Industrial involvement - All students are expected to participate successfully in an industry based project towards the latter part of the course.
  • Flexibility of provision - Because students interest develop in different directions, a wide variety of options are available in the last two years of the course - some choose to study abroad for a year (in English or a foreign language), others choose "streams" which concentrate on business and management studies, environmental issues, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, or others.

The underlying goal of this course is the preparation of high quality graduates who will ultimately take leadership roles in their chosen professions, whether in the process engineering sector, in research, or in the various commercial activities which attract many of our graduates.

Competency standards

The competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of their programme of study in the Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition to these competence standards all students will be expected to meet the basic academic competence standards contained within the admissions policy for their programme of study. These competence standards apply to the following degree programmes:

  • MEng Chemical Engineering
  • MEng Chemical Engineering with a Year Abroad
  • MEng Chemical with Nuclear Engineering

Students seeking admission to Faculty of Engineering degrees are also advised to consult the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) which identifies key competences for the various levels of the Council’s registrants. The below information provides insight into the expectations of the Engineering Council for practising professionals, post-graduation.

Students seeking admission to Faculty of Engineering degrees are also advised to consult the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) which identifies key competences for the various levels of the Council’s registrants. This document provides insight into the expectations of the Engineering Council for practising professionals, post-graduation.

It should be noted that the Faculty of Engineering believe in providing the widest practicable access to all degree programmes and appreciate that it is not possible to anticipate all circumstances. If it is possible to mitigate the impact of a disability by making a reasonable adjustment to procedures, e.g. by the use of an amanuensis or by the application of a specific technology, then every effort will be made to implement this with due consideration to ensuring fairness to all students and ensuring that all health and safety concerns are met.

Therefore, the inability to meet one of the below competency standards due to disability does not necessarily preclude entry to a given degree programme but rather constitutes the starting point for a dialogue between the potential applicant, the College’s disability officer and the Department.

Competency areas

Subject specific knowledge and understanding

  • Ability to perceive, comprehend, synthesise, retain and apply information presented orally and in writing from a range of contexts including large-group, small-group and individual teaching, as well as eLearning, seminars and practical work.
  • Ability to undertake guided independent learning.
  • Ability to use acquired theoretical and practical knowledge to solve unseen engineering problems.
  • Ability to follow general laboratory, workshop and/or fieldwork safety guidance and precautions.
  • Acceptance of the general principles and practices of engineering professional codes of conduct.
  • Ability to understand the wider context of the engineering discipline, its practical applications, societal impact and limitations.

Intellectual skills

  • Psychological ability to cope with full-time study in a city environment.
  • Excellent arithmetic ability.
  • Ability to prepare, process, and interpret data and/or observations using appropriate techniques.
  • Ability to form logical, reasonable conclusions and make sound recommendations based on available data and/or observations.
  • Ability to obtain necessary data from scientific and technical documents, reports, and other reference materials.
  • Ability to undertake work with a high level of initiative and commitment to the task in hand.

Practical skills

  • Physical and manual dexterity to precisely perform precise practical procedures.
  • Ability to observe, undertake the measurement of, accurately record and manipulate data and/or observations in a laboratory, workshop and/or fieldwork environment using appropriate equipment (following appropriate training).
  • Ability to use appropriate equipment competently and safely (following appropriate training).
  • Ability to use chemicals and other consumables competently and safely (following appropriate training).
  • Ability to produce sketches to communicate ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to prepare technical drawings by hand (following appropriate training).
  • Ability to use computer systems to access learning resources, receive communications regarding the degree programme, undertake assessments and submit assignments.
  • Ability to use appropriate engineering software packages as an aid to research, analysis, problem solving and presentation.
  • Ability to write code to produce computer programs to aid in solving engineering problems (following appropriate training).
  • Ability to use symbolic and numerical mathematical software as part of practical computation (following appropriate training).

Transferrable skills

  • Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to present ideas, key facts, problem solutions and results effectively, both orally and in writing, in a variety of settings including group/team work.
  • Ability to work as part of a group/team in a range of roles, for the purposes of research, collective problem solving, development of ideas, production of objects and/or communication of results/findings. Ability to recognise and respect the contributions of other team members to promote successful team work. 
  • Ability to write group/team or individual written technical reports to a professional standard.
  • Ability to respond to written material critically, effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to present written technical reports to others and to make oral presentations that are reasoned, logical and time-limited, to a variety of audiences.