The MEng programmes in Chemical Engineering are covered in more detail on the prospectus website, but here we present an outline of the course philosophy, key activities and details of subject themes.

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Students in Chemical Engineering participate in the College's internal Student Online Evaluation (SOLE) survey at the end of the autumn and the spring terms. For information on SOLE results, including the outcomes of previous evaluations, please see the College student surveys page.

Key Information Sets (KIS)

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), has introduced Key Information Sets (KIS) which are designed to be directly comparable sets of information about all full and part time undergraduate courses in all UK universities. They are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students trying to compare different courses from different institutions. For more information about these see the College Registry KIS pages.


Further information


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.


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.