Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Chemical Engineering 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 modules, and is a direct route to IChemE membership and Chartered (CEng) status.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers)
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics and Chemistry required. Another science preferred as third subject, but not essential.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

AAB (more about contextual offers)
Grades AA in Mathematics and Chemistry required. Another science preferred as third subject, but not essential.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects to include grades 6,6 in Mathematics and Chemistry, with no score lower than 5. Another science at higher level preferred, but not essential. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

36 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects to include Mathematics and Chemistry at 6, with no score lower than 5. Another science at higher level preferred, but not essential. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher 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.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics and Chemistry required. Another science preferred as third subject, but not essential.

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher). Mathematics and Chemistry required. Another science at Advanced Higher preferred, but not essential.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. Mathematics and Chemistry required.

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 Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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

  • At UCL's Department of Chemical Engineering, 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.

  • This programme, incl. the Chemical with Biochemical route and the Study Abroad route, is fully accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and meets the requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer, for a period of five years, from the 2017 student cohort intake.

  • This 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 order to meet the Engineering Council requirements for an accredited degree (which apply to all programmes professionally accredited by the Engineering Council, across all universities), students on this programme must pass all modules, with some possible specific exceptions for a limited number of optional modules. If a student fails a module (two attempts are permitted) they may be eligible to transfer to a related non-accredited degree.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The Chemical Engineering BEng and MEng, follow a common curriculum for the first three years. A final decision between the different programmes can be delayed until the end of the third year when you will have greater experience on which to base your choice. Suitably qualified BEng candidates can change to MEng at the end of year three. Students on the MEng programme have the option to spend their final year following the Chemical Engineering; Chemical with Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering with Chemistry; Chemical Engineering with Engineering Mathematics; or the Study Abroad route.

In year three you will undertake a compulsory design project, carried out in small teams. Each team designs a complete process plant, including detailed unit design (of, for example, a reactor or a distillation or absorption column), environmental impact, safety and risk assessment, process control 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.

The MEng 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.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory subjects

  • Computational Modelling and Analysis
  • Design and Professional Skills I
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport Phenomena

Compulsory module(s)

  • Chemical Reaction Engineering I
  • Design and Professional Skills II
  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Modelling and Analysis II
  • Particulate Systems and Separation Processes II
  • Process Design Principles
  • Process Heat Transfer
  • Separation Processes I

Optional modules

IEP Minor I

You will undertake the first module of an IEP Minor subject, chosen from a wide range of options. Find out more on the Integrated Engineering (IEP) webpage.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering II
  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Process Plant Design Project
  • Transport Phenomena II

Optional modules

IEP Minor II and III

You will undertake the two modules of an IEP Minor subject, chosen from a wide range of options. Find out more on the Integrated Engineering (IEP) webpage.

Compulsory module(s)

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

Chemical Engineering with Chemistry route: Chemical Engineering with Chemistry Research Project; Process Systems Modelling and Design; Advanced Materials Processes and Nanotechnology; Advanced Topics in Environmental and Energy Materials

Chemical Engineering with Engineering Mathematics route: Chemical Engineering with Engineering Mathematics Research Project; Process Systems Modelling and Design; Advanced Process Optimisation; Mathematical Methods 4

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), the USA or Australia. If you spend your final year in a non-English speaking country, you will need to have taken language modules as an IEP minor in years two and three (unless you are already proficient in the language).

Optional modules

Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering with Chemistry and Chemical Engineering with Engineering Mathematics routes: You will select from a range of advanced optional modules in Chemical Engineering, other engineering disciplines, Chemistry, Management or Languages. A list is shown on the department website and may include: Advanced Materials Processes and Nanotechnology; Advanced Process Engineering; Advanced Separation Processes; Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering; Energy Systems and Sustainability; Electrochemical Engineering and Power Sources; Fluid-particle Systems; Molecular Thermodynamics

Biochemical Engineering and Study Abroad routes: All final-year modules are compulsory.

Your learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, interactive tutorials and computer workshops supplemented by coursework and laboratory training, and through our innovative and award-winning scenario-based learning. For problem-solving and design classes you will be using leading-edge industrial-standard computer software. Our programmes offer regular opportunities for students to put their learning into practice.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to take an extramural year (EMY) in industry during their degree as it will significantly improve employment prospects on graduation. This option is taken in the penultimate year of study, between the third and fourth years.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework during term-time, usually contributing 20-50% of the module mark, and final examinations in the third term, except for a few modules which are assessed on the basis of project or coursework alone.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Chemical Engineering MEng.


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Our core programme is designed to develop transferable management, business, professional and personal skills, and the diverse curricula and training will equip you well for employment both in the process industry as well as other economic sectors such as management consulting, banking, finance and accountancy.

You will have employment opportunities in many sectors such as energy, 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.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view
At UCL, we are taught not only the theory but are also placed in situations where we are encouraged to think like engineers and use our sound engineering judgement to make decisions. The UCL Engineering motto is: 'Change the World'; I truly believe studying here will provide opportunities for you to do that. Moyinoluwa Apapa - Engineering (Chemical) MEng Third Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.

UK students
TBC (2022/23)
Overseas students
TBC (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

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: 26 January 2022


The department does not interview candidates. Wherever possible, offer holders  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.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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