Skip to main content

H815 - Chemical Engineering with Year in Industry

Chemical Engineering with Year in Industry

MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H815
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

This professionally accredited MEng Honours degree includes a 12-month paid work placement to enhance your practical skills and employability.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £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

You'll study a broad curriculum covering the theory and practical application of chemical engineering, including how to use industrial apparatus in our very own pilot plant.

In your third year you spend a paid year in industry, gaining invaluable work experience and building industry contacts. You will work in a team of professional engineers and scientists to apply your knowledge to an industrial problem defined by your host company. Your technical skills will be assessed through an industrial design project and you complete selected chemical engineering topics by distance learning. 

The School and the University Careers Service will help you to find potential employers and guide you through the application process. We have strong links with over 100 companies, including:

  • P&G
  • MSD
  • ExxonMobil

On return to University in your fourth year, you study a selection of topics that are tailored to further develop the technical expertise you gain on your placement.

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.

READ MORE

COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

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.

Your first year will provide an introduction to the core principles of engineering, maths, and science, with a focus on 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

During Stage 2, you will further develop the knowledge and skills gained in year one, alongside areas such as separation processes, reactor engineering, and process measurement. 

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

Stage 3 will be spent on placement within a chemical/process engineering company. During this time, you'll work as part of a team of professional engineers on an industrial problem defined by your host company. You'll also be able to complete chemical engineering modules via distance learning. 

This is subject to successful completion of Stage 2 with an overall pass threshold of 65%.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Industrial Design Project 50
Separation Processes 2 (Industry) 15

In your final year, you will return to the University and study carefully selected modules, chosen to enhance the technical experience gained during your placement. You will also complete a research project and individual design project. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Process Control 2 10
Design for Process Safety 10
Reactor Systems Engineering 15
Process Intensification 10
MEng Research Project 55
Advanced Design Project 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Our strong links with industry experts and focus on industry skills ensure you'll graduate fully equipped with the skills you need.

Your studies include:

  • 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

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Research skills

During your final year, you will complete a substantial research project. You will also develop comprehensive research skills throughout your degree and during your year in industry. 

Business skills

In your third year, you will embark on a fully accredited, paid work placement with an approved company. This will allow you to gain invaluable work experience while also building an enviable network of industry contacts. 

Practical skills

Throughout your studies you'll reinforce your learning and gain hands-on experience through:

  • a 12-month placement in industry
  • practical sessions carried out in our Pilot Plant and Millennium Lab
  • work on real-world engineering projects informed by industry-leading companies
  • experience with industry-standard chemical engineering software in our dedicated computer suites
  • access to small-scale unit operations and the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art BioLab

Chat to a student

I chose Newcastle because it's one of the best universities in chemical engineering. Not only located in Newcastle, which is known to be a student city, but also a member of the Russell Group.

Angella, Chemical Engineering student

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You'll 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 in Stage 3.

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

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

Chemical Engineering is a truly global profession with worldwide opportunities leading to well-paid and rewarding careers.

As a chemical engineering graduate with industry experience, you'll be highly employable across a diverse range of sectors, having developed desirable skills such as problem-solving and innovation.

Our graduates are targeted by high-profile employers from sectors including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, oil and gas, water, environment, and biotechnology.

Former students have gone on to work in varied roles, including:

  • chemical engineer
  • protective coatings intern
  • treating and FCCU development engineer
  • safety consultant
  • energy marketing
  • trading graduate analyst

Graduates have taken on these roles at leading companies such as Affinity Water, ExxonMobil, Air Products, Uniper SE, Nestle, Fujifilm, British Steel, Proctor and Gamble, and PwC.

Industry links

Strong industry links ensure you will receive the most relevant, up-to-date teaching, while providing opportunities for guest lectures, plant visits, and your industry placement.

Consultants from industry deliver classes on current industrial practice, providing the latest insight into issues such as safety and sustainability.

Make a difference

Sorry, you need JavaScript to view this video

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)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee 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.

Find out more about:

Scholarships

Find out more about:

Open days and events

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.

Apply through UCAS

Apply through an agent

International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.

Visit our International pages

Get in touch

By Phone

Due to current circumstances, we are currently unable to take phone calls.

Online

Fill in our enquiry form

Keep updated

We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.

Live chat

Chat now

Social Media

You may be interested in