Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Engineering (Chemical) MEng

This four-year programme builds upon the knowledge and experience offered by the Chemical Engineering BEng programme with the addition of a final-year research project and advanced courses, and is a direct route to IChemE membership and Chartered (CEng) Status.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Engineering (Chemical) MEng
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Chemical Engineering
Total intake (by subject area)
129 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
7 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

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

IB Diploma

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:

Equivalent qualification

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.

International applications

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.

Degree benefits

  • 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.
  • The MEng programmes are professionally accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), and offers a direct route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
  • 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.

Degree structure

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).

Students on the MEng have the option to spend their final year following the Chemical Engineering route, the Chemical with Biochemical Engineering route, or the Study Abroad route. All Chemical Engineering programmes at UCL follow a common curriculum for the first two years, so a final decision between the different routes can be made at the end of year two. Applicants do not need to apply for more than one programme; applicants to all programmes are treated equally.

In the third year you will undertake a 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.

Your final year may include a research project, compulsory advanced modules, and other options, depending on your chosen route.

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.

This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of engineering problems. Students register for a core discipline, but also engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.

Year One

Compulsory subjects

Integrated Engineering
Design & Professional Skills I
Mathematical Modelling & Analysis I
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Transport Phenomena
Physical Chemistry
Computational Modelling & Analysis

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory subjects

Design & Professional Skills II
Mathematical Modelling & Analysis II
Process Heat Transfer
Mass Transfer Operations
Engineering Experimentation
Process Engineering
Particulate Systems and Separation Processes

Optional courses

Minor I*

Year Three

Compulsory subjects

Process Dynamics and Control
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Chemical Engineering Plant Design I
Transport Phenomena II
Advanced Materials Process & Product Engagement

Optional courses

Minor II*
Minor III*
*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 to reasonable depth.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Chemical Engineering route:
Chemical Engineering Research Project
Process Systems Modelling and Design

Biochemical Engineering route:
Applied Molecular Biology
Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
Cell Therapy Biology, Bioprocessing and Clinical Translation
Design and Control of Biochemical Reactors
Fundamental Biosciences
Integrated Biochemical Engineering Design
Integrated Downstream Processes
Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries

Study Abroad route:
You will spend your final year in a selected university in Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Italy), in the USA or in Australia. If you spend your final year in a non-English speaking country, you will need to have taken language courses earlier in the programme as a minor.

Optional courses

Chemical Engineering route:
You will select from a range of optional courses in Chemical Engineering, other engineering disciplines, Chemistry, Management or Languages
Biochemical Engineering route:
Optional courses include:
Applied Molecular Biology
Bioprocess Microfluidics
Vaccine Bioprocessing

Study Abroad route: All final-year courses are compulsory.

Your learning

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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Chemical) MEng.


Our core programme is designed to develop transferable management, business, professional and personal skills, and the diverse curricula and training will equip you to be highly employable in the process industry 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:

  • Research Analyst and Oil & Gas Asset Evaluation, HIS (2013)
  • Chemical Engineer, BOC (2013)
  • Process Engineer, BP (2013)
  • Project Engineer, ABS Consulting (2013)
  • Investment Banker, JP Morgan (2013)

*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.

Application and next steps

Your application

In addition to academic entry requirements, we are looking for evidence of your commitment to and enthusiasm for studying chemical engineering.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


Wherever possible, applicants based in the UK are invited to visit the department. The visit provides an excellent opportunity to see the department and its facilities.

The department is happy to defer your entry for one year, provided that you have made definite plans for the year, such as working in a relevant field to gain experience or broadening your horizons through travel. The department also supports the Year in Industry scheme: this places students in industrial jobs relevant to their chosen degree in the year before they enter university.

In accordance with UCL's global ethos, the department is delighted to welcome students who apply from overseas. International students currently account for around 50% of our undergraduates.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students