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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Chemical and Nuclear Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng BEng Chemical and Nuclear Engineering - Undergraduate Degree


Nuclear power is a significant component of the energy supply mix of many industrialised nations. Currently, the nuclear industry worldwide has a major shortage of skilled engineers capable of designing, building, operating and decommissioning such facilities. Concerns over climate change have prompted a major resurgence of interest in nuclear power in the UK and elsewhere, so the demand for qualified engineers is likely to become even stronger in the future.

To help meet this demand, this course will give you specialist knowledge in various aspects of nuclear energy, so that after graduation you can expect to pursue an exciting and highly rewarding career in the industry. You will also have the flexibility to pursue many other exciting career paths open to chemical engineers.

As with the core Chemical Engineering course, in the early years you will be exposed to the fundamental science underpinning a wide range of engineering concepts. In the third year you will go on to study more specialised topics, such as nuclear science and engineering, uranium extraction and fuel element manufacture, reactor design and construction, as well as core chemical engineering subjects. The group design project will involve the design of a nuclear facility.

In the fourth (MEng) year, you will study a range of research-informed topics, including reactor control systems, waste disposal and plant decommissioning, and nuclear futures, while the individual research project will focus on a nuclear-related topic.

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: H891 (MEng, BEng) or H896 (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:
Course fees (per year): Home/EU: £9,000; International: £19,000
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) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.


Applications for second year entry in 2016 have now closed. Applications for entry into the first year of the course remain open.


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
• Nuclear Engineer, Energus
• Graduate Process Engineer, SABIC UK
• Project Engineer, Sellafield
• Technical Plant Engineer, Sita aUK
• 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.

Entry requirements

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: 36 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 will give 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.

Foundation courses
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.

How to apply

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 participate in a group interview with an academic member of staff. 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.

MEng only
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,
e: t: +44 (0)113 343 6542