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H813 - Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H813
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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This double-accredited Chemical Engineering degree will equip you for a rewarding career at the forefront of science and technology.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This four-year degree provides a direct route to becoming a Chartered Chemical Engineer (CEng), one of the industry's most recognisable international qualifications.

Hands-on practical learning and optional industry placements will give you the opportunity to put your theory into practice and gain invaluable experience in the sector.

Nurturing you into a professional engineer with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference in the world, you'll gain a broad level of expertise across areas such as thermodynamics, plant design, and process control.

BEng or MEng?

Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.

Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.

Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.

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Additional information

Flexible degree structure

All of our Chemical Engineering degrees (except our Industry degree), cover the same study programme for the first three years. This means that transfer between our degrees (except the Industry degree) is possible up to the end of Stage 3 should you find your interests change, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard. 

Transfer to or from our Industry degree is also possible up to the end of Stage 2, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard.

Quality and ranking

We have a top 5 UK ranking for Chemical Engineering in The Guardian University Guide 2020. We also rank in the top 150 for Chemical Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

In your first year, you'll cover the core principles of engineering, maths, and science, including chemistry, thermodynamics, the principles of chemical engineering, and engineering mathematics. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Chemistry 25
Thermodynamics 10
Transfer Processes 25
Principles of Chemical Engineering 25
Computing and Numerical Methods 10
Data Analysis in Process Industries 5
Engineering Mathematics I 20

Your Stage 2 modules will expand on Stage 1, developing existing skills and knowledge while introducing further areas such as reactor engineering, separation processes, and process measurement, dynamics and control. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Separation Processes 1 20
Transfer Processes 2 20
Reactor Engineering 10
Process Development Science and Analysis 10
Thermodynamics 2 10
Process Measurement, Dynamics & Control 10
Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 10
Safety, Risk and Engineering Practice 20
Engineering Mathematics II 10

In Stage 3, you'll complete modules such as process design and economics, design for process safety, and reactor systems engineering. You'll also work on a team project, which will be presented to a panel of sector experts. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Process Control 2 10
Process Design & Economics 15
Separation Processes 2 15
Design for Process Safety 10
Reactor Systems Engineering 15
Process and Product Engineering 10
Plant Design 40
Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 5

In Stage 4, you will complete a substantial research project and choose modules in advanced chemical engineering from across our specialisms, including bioprocessing, process control, and sustainable engineering. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Process Control 3 - Design of Robust Control Algorithms 10
Process Intensification 10
Advanced Design Project 20
MEng Research Project 60
Optional Modules Credits
Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology 10
Sustainable Design and Manufacture I 10
Sustainable Industry 10
Process Control 4 - Design of Digital Control Algorithms 10
Stability and Sustainability of Materials 10
Advanced Transport Processes 10
Multivariate Methods 10
Bioprocess Engineering 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Newcastle students graduate fully equipped with the skills they will need thanks to our strong links with industry experts and focus on industry skills, including:

  • problem-based learning for the first three years based around industrial case studies – excellent preparation for life as a professional engineer
  • lectures delivered by practising industry experts covering issues surrounding safety management and environmental protection
  • industry representation on our Board of Studies with direct input into our degrees
  • industry links with over 100 chemical engineering companies, resulting in sponsorship and placement opportunities and plant visits

We use case study-led teaching, so your learning has real-world relevance. Teaching is through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • computer practice sessions
  • extensive practical laboratory work
  • group work on case studies and design projects 

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Interviews

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Research skills

During your final year, you'll undertake an in-depth research project, culminating in a research dissertation and a poster presentation. This is carried out within the School, in UK industry, or at a partner institution. 

Business skills

You'll be able to obtain first-hand experience of working in the sector with an optional placement between stages 3 and 4. You'll also have the opportunity to get involved in Stubrew – a student enterprise commercial brewery.

Practical skills

Your learning will be reinforced through:

  • practical sessions carried out in our Pilot Plant and Millennium Lab
  • real-world engineering projects informed by industry-leading companies
  • use of industry-standard chemical engineering software in our dedicated computer suites
  • access to the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art BioLab

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 3 and 4.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll have access to a great range of facilities and equipment during your time at Newcastle, including:

  • a state-of-the-art BioLab, providing access to a range of small-scale unit operations and the latest equipment
  • a recently upgraded pilot plant laboratory
  • modern bench-top experimental equipment
  • an interactive video teaching system
  • high-specification fume cupboards for handling volatile chemicals
  • two dedicated computing suites, running specialised industry-standard computer software

Support

To support you in your studies, you will receive a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you’ll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable), and a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment and text books.

You'll be supported by a personal tutor (an academic member of staff) throughout your degree. They can help you with academic and personal issues.

You'll also have access to a peer mentor (a fellow student) in your first year. They can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.

Your future

With a MEng, you'll be highly employable, and posses many of the most desirable transferable skills such as problem solving and innovation. 

92% of our 2016/2017 graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating*. Many of our graduates go on to work for high-profile employers within sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, oil and gas, environment, and biotechnology. 

Recent graduates have taken up roles including chemical engineer, energy marketing and trading analyst, graduate engineer, process engineer, and technology risk associate, within companies such as Nestle, Nissan, Mott MacDonald, British Steel, Proctor & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser Group, and Amec Foster Wheeler. 

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Industry links

We're proud of our strong industry links, which will open up a wealth of opportunities for networking, placements, and development during your studies. Consultants from industry deliver classes on current industrial practice, providing the latest insight into issues such as safety and sustainability.

Engineers from the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA) deliver sessions on chemical plant design that reflects current industrial practice. These engineers are from:

  • ABB
  • Air Products
  • Aker Solutions
  • Bechtel
  • Costain
  • Fluor
  • Honeywell UOP
  • Johnson Matthey
  • KBR
  • McDermott
  • SABIC
  • Wood Group
  • Worley Parsons

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation. 

Find out more about the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAB

International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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