This broad-based, multi-disciplinary programme provides flexible training and a unique opportunity to follow the widest possible range of careers, from design, construction and installation of processes, plants and equipment to manufacturing and marketing of products, and from research and development to administration and management of people and resources.
- Degree Programme
- Engineering (Chemical) BEng
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Mathematics, plus Chemistry and/or Physics required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required. If only one of Chemistry/Physics is offered at A level, then the other must be offered at AS level.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 17-19 points in three higher level subjects to include Mathematics, plus Chemistry and/or Physics, with no score lower than 5. If only one of Chemistry or Physics is offered at higher level, then the other subject must be offered at standard level.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry required.
A1AA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or A1A at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry required.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*-AA. Mathematics required plus Physics or Chemistry.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- UCL's Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the best in the country. You will be taught by lecturers recognised as international leaders in their field.
- The department offers an impressive national and international network of industrial contacts and has strong collaborative links with other university departments in the UK and abroad.
- All of our programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
- The degree is part of an integrated programme across engineering providing opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines. There is also the flexibility to choose the fine details of your individual degree options gradually as you progress through the programme.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
All Chemical Engineering programmes at UCL, BEng and MEng, follow a common curriculum for the first two years, so a final decision between the different routes can be delayed until the end of the second year when you will have greater experience on which to base your choice. Applicants do not need to apply for more than one programme; all applicants to all programmes are treated equally. Suitably qualified candidates can change to MEng at the end of year two.
You will undertake a compulsory design project, carried out in small teams. Each team designs a complete process plant, including detailed unit design, environmental impact and risk assessment and costing.
If you choose the BEng degree, you will complete your studies at the end of the third year, and will need to complete a period of further training before being granted Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
We are committed to, and encourage you to take, a formal industrial training (sandwich) year during your degree programme. This is usually during the year before your final study year, and provides invaluable experience.
Design & Professional Skills I
Mathematical Modelling & Analysis I
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Computational Modelling & Analysis
All first-year courses are compulsory.
Chemical Reaction Engineering I
Design & Professional Skills II
Mathematical Modelling & Analysis II
Particulate Systems and Separation Processes
Pricess Design Principles
Process Heat Transfer
Process Dynamics and Control
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Chemical Engineering Plant Design I
Transport Phenomena II
Advanced Materials Process & Product Engagement
*Students will choose a minor stream in Years Two & Three that allows them to gain a grounding in another engineering or relevant discipline or an interdisciplinary topic by offering a coherent set of three 0.5 course-unit modules allowing an introduction to a field as well as an opportunity to cover an interdisciplinary topic to reasonable depth.
*Students will choose a minor stream in years two and three that allows them to gain a grounding in another engineering or relevant discipline or an interdisciplinary topic. A coherent set of three half-credit courses provides an introduction to a field as well as an opportunity to cover an interdisciplinary topic in reasonable depth.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, interactive tutorials and computer workshops supplemented by coursework and laboratory training. For problem-solving and design classes you will be using leading-edge computer software. Our programmes offer regular opportunities for students to put their learning into practice through the use of scenarios.
You will usually be examined in the third term, except for a few courses which are assessed on the basis of project or coursework alone. In many courses a proportion of the total mark is allocated from your laboratory sessions, design projects and problem classes.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Chemical) BEng.
Our core programme is designed to develop transferable management, business, professional and personal skills, and the diverse curriculum and training will equip you to be highly employable in the process industries as well as other economic sectors such as management consulting, banking, finance and accountancy.
You will have many employment opportunities in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, oil and gas production, contract engineering and manufacturing. You will also be well prepared to consider further study at postgraduate or doctoral level at UCL or elsewhere.
There are excellent opportunities and careers prospects for graduate chemical engineers, both within the UK and overseas. The rewards open to you are attractive - the average income of a chemical engineer, according to the IChemE, is consistently higher than that of graduates in other engineering disciplines.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2011-2013) of this programme include:
- Nuclear Generation Graduate, EDF (2013)
- Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco (2013)
- Market Analyst, Citigroup (2013)
- Executive Process Engineer, Petronas (2012)
- Energy Analyst, EDF Energy (2011)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas fee
- £22,380 (2016/17)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.