Department of Chemical Engineering
The four-year MEng courses are the preferred option for those wishing to take a direct route to IChemE
membership and Chartered Status. The department also offers a
three-year BEng course.
The first two years are common to all four programmes, thus allowing students time to decide on their final programme. Specialisation starts in year 3 and continues into year 4 for MEng students whilst BEng students graduate at the end of year 3. This means that decisions on which degree specialisation to take may be left until the end of the second year.
Options in the third
year vary with the degree programme studied. In Year 4, MEng in
Chemical Engineering (H801) students take courses in Advanced Process Engineering, Advanced Modelling and Process Design, Project Management and also undertake a Research Project.
Students may choose options from, for example, Business & Management, Biochemical
Engineering, Environmental Engineering, a language or
Students studying for the MEng in Chemical with
Biochemical Engineering (H816) take courses in Biochemical Engineering and
Those taking the MEng in Chemical Engineering with Study Abroad (H802) spend their fourth year in a selected university in Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Italy), in the USA or in Australia.
The training programme is conducted largely through lectures,
interactive tutorials and computer workshops supplemented by course
work and laboratory training. The core programme also provides basic
training for all students in four key skill areas - management,
business, professional and personal transferable skills.
The department believes in enhancing the transferable skills of students during their studies and has developed a number of training workshops which form the Key Skills Development Programme. All students are expected to take part in it and discuss their progress with their personal tutors. This training is both in addition to and embedded within certain courses to give students the opportunity to practice Key Skills in the working environment. Particularly interesting is a two-day event for second year students which is carried out in co-operation with the Coverdale Organisation and Esso and enables students to develop team working and project management skills.
Other choices include supplementing the basic degree programmes (BEng or MEng) with an extra year in industry. The department is actively committed to providing formal industrial training to students who take up this option.
All the degree programmes (H800, H801, H802 and H816) require students to follow four course units per year. As most courses are of one half-unit value, students normally register for eight half-unit courses each year. The Design Project in the third year has a weighting of one-and-a-half units.
Courses are usually examined in the summer term except for those assessed on the basis of project or course work alone. In many courses a proportion of the total mark is allocated to laboratory sessions, design projects and problem classes. The Honours classification is based on a weighted average of the student's performance over the whole of the programme.
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