If you want an interesting, satisfying and highly rewarding career in the chemical and related process industries, this course is for you.
Chemical engineering is all about changing raw materials by altering the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance to create everything from face creams to fuels, metals to paper, plastics to synthetic fibres. These products are in every shop, office and home, and many of the companies that manufacture them are household names.
In the early years of the course, you will be exposed to the fundamental science and mathematics underpinning a wide range of process engineering concepts, such as mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science and process modelling. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to put that knowledge into practice in design and laboratory work.
In the third year, you will study more specialised modules and in year four (MEng) you will carry out an individual research project, which will enable you to investigate an industry-related topic in depth.
The first two years of our four chemical engineering degree share the same set of modules that focus on the fundamental science and engineering concepts associated with the subject. A key benefit of having a common first two years is that you can easily switch between our chemical engineering degrees.
UCAS Code: H800 (MEng, BEng) or H805 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £18,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and is recognised by the Engineering Council for the purposes of meeting in full the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
In years one and two, you will be exposed to the fundamental science and mathematics underpinning a wide range of process engineering concepts, such as mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science and process modelling. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to put that knowledge into practice in design and laboratory work.
In year three, you will study more specialised modules covering a wide range of chemical engineering topics, such as separation processes, reaction engineering, particle process engineering and process control.
Design forms an important part of any chemical engineering degree and from the first year onwards you will be faced with design challenges. Initially, you will undertake small projects under the close supervision of an academic mentor. The size and complexity of the projects increases until, in the third year, you will be part of a team conducting the detailed design of a chemical plant, an exercise lasting the whole academic year.
In year four (MEng), you will carry out an individual research project, which will enable you to investigate an industry-related topic in depth. Additionally, you will study research-informed modules covering topics such as product design and development, modelling and simulation, advances in chemical engineering and advanced reaction engineering.
The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.
If you are looking to start your studies in September 2015 download our 2015 brochure to give you a flavour of what you will study along with the information above. Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 10 or 20 credits.
This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules (choose one)|
|Technical Skills and Applications||Introduction to Management 1|
|Engineering Science 1|| Foundation Mathematics
Pre-requisite for: PEME1040
|Mathematical Techniques 1|| Fundamentals of Process Chemistry
|Introduction to Process Engineering|| Foundation Engineering Physics
|Materials Science and Engineering||Introduction to Petroleum Engineering|
|Topics in Nanotechnology|
|Mathematical Techniques 2|
|Process Modelling and Thermodynamics|
|Safety, Health and Environment|
|Materials Synthesis and Characterisation|
|Process Systems and Applications|
|Engineering Science 2|
|Design Project (BEng)|
|Process Optimisation and Control|
|Process Engineering Operations|
Careers in the field of Chemical Engineering are wide-ranging, and employment prospects are excellent. Recent graduates have successfully secured positions in chemical and pharmaceutical companies, fossil fuel and renewable energy plants, mineral processing and metals recycling operations, as well as other areas such as the utilities, consulting, environmental, health and safety, and other government agencies and banking and finance.
Recent graduate destinations include:
• Graduate Engineering Technician, ABB
• Graduate Nuclear Process Engineer, AMEC
• Chemical Engineer, Air Products
• Engineering Graduate, BOC
• Chemical Engineer, BP
• Drilling Engineer, BP Exploration
• Graduate Process Engineer, Babcock International
• Technical Support Engineer, Baker Hughes
• Graduate Project Engineer, Centrica
• Graduate Chemical Engineer, Croda International plc
• Data Analyst, GE
• Process Engineer, Novartis Grimsby
• Graduate Engineer, Reckitt Benckiser Products
• Graduate Process Engineer, SABIC UK
• Project Engineer, Sellafield
• Sugar Refinement Engineer, Tate Lyle
• Graduate Process Engineer, Worley Parsons
With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every chance to secure a position before you graduate.
We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.
Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.
A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.
Advanced Diploma: Grade A* with an appropriate amount of Mathematics and either Chemistry or Physics.
BTEC Extended Diploma: D*D*D including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics and either Chemistry or Physics.
IB: 37 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in higher level Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.
Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.
English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.
Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.
Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.
All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).
Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.
Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. Our applicant days give you the opportunity to meet our academic staff and students, take part in group activities, find out more about your course, and to tour the University and the school, which includes demonstrations in our laboratories.
You will also have the opportunity to have a group discussion with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to have your questions answered, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, and find out more about studying at Leeds.
We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.
If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
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