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Course summary

OVERVIEW The MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering is a five year, integrated master's degree that combines academic study, hands-on experience and group projects to ensure that you develop the essential practical and communication abilities required by employers in the chemical engineering and processing industries. Qualifiying in chemical engineering wil open many excellent job opportunities and help you create a more sustainable planet. In fact, chemical engineering is at the forefront of the quest to produce clean energy and satisfy human needs across a number of areas in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. These areas include pharmaceuticals, health, food, drink, oil, gas, petrochemicals, agriculture, fine chemicals and materials. See also the entry for our related BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (H810). PRACTICAL FOCUS Over the course of the MEng Chemical Engineering, you will study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through laboratory work; and use world-class process simulation tools such as Aspen Suite and Ansys Fluent. Combining theoretical study, practical experience and group projects, you’ll develop the essential skills demanded by employers in the chemical engineering and processing industries. Throughout the course, there will be several industry experts who will lecture to you and who will share their expertise through special guest lectures. For example, staff from NEL (Engineering Consultancy) recently presented to students on the critical importance of correct measurements in science and engineering. Industrial Training / Optional Placements You will undergo a period of pilot plant-based training as part of the course and you can opt to take a one-year paid industrial placement between year 3 and year 4 as a supervised, junior chemical engineer. Placements are obtained competitively and can be in any branch of the chemical/process industry in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, British Nuclear Fuels, Doosan Babcock, Diageo and Sellafield Ltd. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION Accreditation for MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering from IChemE is being sought. The related BEng (Hons) course (H810) is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council and is recognised as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The MEng (Hons) is expected to fully satisfy the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) when it is assessed for professional recognition (please check the UWS website for more details on professional recognition of this course). The MEng (Hons) curriculum is designed to satisfy internationally recognised accreditation requirements. CAREER PROSPECTS Chemical engineers are involved in the design, operation and management of plants and processes resulting in products that influence our wellbeing and quality of life. The MEng Chemical Engineering prepare you for a long and rewarding career in the chemical and processing industries. Jobs Our graduates have secured roles in research, design, development, manufacturing and production in a variety of companies, including: GlaxoSmithKline / Atkins Global / Foster Wheeler / Texaco / BNFL Sellafield / Doosan Babcock / Nestlé / Procter & Gamble Further study As well as stating a rewarding career inindustry, if you successful complete MEng (Hons) you could progress to undertake doctoral/PhD studies. Graduate study at other universities is also possible and some of our graduates have even progressed to undertake a teaching qualification.


ver the course of the MEng Chemical Engineering, you will study chemical engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through laboratory work; and use world-class computer process simulation tools. As you progress with your studies, you will focus on chemical engineering subjects such as process design, transportation processes, enginering thermodynamics, separation processes, process safety and control, chemical reactor design. thermal systems, group and individual design projects, heat transfer and computational fluid mechanics.

Assessment method

You will engage with a range of complimentary and creative learning and teaching approaches throughout the MEng Chemical Engineering, including: // lectures // tutorials // laboratory sessions // computer based simulations // design problems and projects // flipped classes // case studies These are designed to help develop knowledge and understanding of key specialisms within Chemical Engineering in a changing global environment. But, they also to provide opportunities for you to reflect on your personal development in terms of confidence, employability skills and aim to help prepare you for a successful career in chemical/process industries. The MEng Chemical Engineering degrees use a variety of assessment methods including both formative and summative assessment modes. This include formative assessment during tutorials, practical laboratory exercises and process simulation sessions as well as written exams, written reports, design exercises, oral presentations and essays.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chemical Engineers, Institution of

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

International applicants

ACADEMIC TECHNOOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS) CERTIFICATE Many international applicants (see exempt nationalites*) are advised that they will need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can be considered for an unconditional offer of study on this undergraduate integrated masters course. Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) will ask to see your ATAS certificate as part of your visa application process. UK immigration law does not allow universities to permit international students to study for an ATAS applicable course until the student has supplied the university with all the relevant ATAS certificate details for their application. *EXEMPT NATIONALITIES Students who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an ATAS certificate to study on ths course. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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