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Subject area:

Chemical Engineering

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Department website:

Chemical Engineering

Key Facts

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Engineering (Chemical) MEng

UCAS code: H801

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.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAB
Subjects Mathematics, plus Chemistry and/or Physics required.
AS Levels 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 offerered at AS level.
GCSEs 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

Points 36-39
Subjects 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.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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.

Students on the Chemical Engineering MEng programme 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 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.

In the third year, all courses are compulsory. 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.

You will spend your final year studying compulsory and optional courses depending on the route you choose.

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.

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.

Assessment

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.

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).

Year One

Compulsory subjects

Engineering Experimentation
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Mathematics for Engineers I
Physical Chemistry for Chemical Engineers
Thermodynamics
Transport Processes I

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory subjects

Computer Aided Process Engineering
Experimentation
Mass Transfer Operations
Mathematics for Engineers II
Particulate Systems and Separation Processes
Process Engineering
Process Heat Transfer

Optional courses

You will take credits from a range of optional courses in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Languages, Management or Science and Technology Studies.

Year Three

Compulsory subjects

Advanced Material Processes and Product Engineering
Chemical Engineering Plant Design I
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
Process Dynamics and Control
Transport Processes III

Optional courses

All third year courses are compulsory.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Chemical Engineering route:
Advanced Process Engineering
Advanced Process Modelling and Design
Chemical Engineering Research Project
Project Management

Biochemical Engineering route:
Integrated Downstream Processing
Design and Control of Biochemical Reactors
Cell Therapy Biology, Bioprocessing and Clinical Translation
Applied Cell and Molecular Biology
Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
Integrated Biochemical Engineering Design
Fundamental Biosciences
Cellular Regulation in Biotechnology, Health and Disease

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 at a non-English speaking country, you will need to have taken language courses earlier in the programme.

Optional courses

Chemical Engineering route:
You will take credits from a range of optional courses in Chemical Engineering, Humanities, Management or Languages.

Biochemical Engineering route: All final-year courses are compulsory.

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

Further details on department website: Engineering (Chemical) MEng

Opportunities

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.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Process Engineer, Shell (2012)
  • Executive Process Engineer, PETRONAS (2012)
  • Energy Analyst, EDF Energy (2011)
  • Management Consultant, Deloitte & Touche (2011)
  • Technical Safety Engineer, AMEC (2011)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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.

Selection

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.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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