Chemical Engineering MEng

Unlock even more career opportunities with the MEng Chemical Engineering, an extended, broader-based qualification with four years of academic study.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Optional placement year

Duration

4 or 5 years

UCAS code(s)

H804

Start date

This course is currently available through Clearing.

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:

A Level: CCC (C in Chemistry and  C in Mathematics)
BTEC UnREF: DDM (+ C in Chemistry and C Maths)
BTEC REF: DMM (+ C in Chemistry and C Maths)
GCSEs at C/4 in English and C/4 Maths
 

Overview
Explore Chemical Engineering at Aston University

Callum discusses his experiences of studying Chemical Engineering at Aston.

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“The lecturers and supervisors in Chemical Engineering are really enthusiastic about what they are teaching, which makes lectures engaging and interesting. They always make time available for you to go and see them if you have any questions. My design supervisor in third year was so supportive and encouraging which really pushed me to do my best.”

Grace Cunningham Graduate Projects Engineer, Tarmac

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“The lecturers and supervisors in Chemical Engineering are really enthusiastic about what they are teaching, which makes lectures engaging and interesting. They always make time available for you to go and see them if you have any questions. My design supervisor in third year was so supportive and encouraging which really pushed me to do my best.”

Grace Cunningham Graduate Projects Engineer, Tarmac

Course outline and modules

You could improve the quality of many lives through the products and materials you design and develop as a chemical engineer.

You will learn how to ensure the safe and profitable production of the chemicals and materials required to create products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems.

Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities. With a masters in chemical engineering you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

What you’ll learn

Our course is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this, you’ll share your first year with chemists, giving you a good grounding in the subject before gaining a deeper insight into the industrial processes. Subjects you’ll cover include process design, health and safety, biological chemistry, biomaterials, inorganic materials and polymer synthesis.

The MEng builds on the BEng course and is enhanced by additional subjects including process synthesis, advanced management, bioenergy, and a major research project.

Our MEng is a challenging and demanding course which will enable you to progress more readily after graduation to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status which, in turn, equips you to aim for the highest levels in industry.

You have the option to spend a year on placement in industry after your second academic year. Many students find this experience extremely beneficial in terms of their personal development as well as their academic performance and development as an engineer.

For a full list of modules please see ‘Learning, Teaching and Assessment’.

Modules

Year 1

Core Modules

•    Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
•    Sustainability, Design and Build 
•    Process and Product Design 
•    Introduction to Transfer Processes
•    Physical Chemistry for Engineers
•    Chemistry for Engineers 
•    Professional Skills for Engineers 
•    Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Year 2

Core Modules

•    Process Design 
•    Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
•    Mass Transfer
•    Separation Processes in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
•    Process Simulation and Control
•    Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
•    Reaction Engineering 
•    Introduction to Business Management 

Year 3 / 4

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

•    EAS Study Placement Year 
•    EAS Industrial Placement Year 
•    EAS Study/Work Placement Yea


Year 3 / 4

Core Modules

•    Advanced Process Design 
•    Process Safety and Sustainability
•    Advanced Reaction Engineering 
•    Advanced Separation Processes 

Optional Modules (choose 2)

•    Advances in Biomaterials Science 
•    Renewable Technologies
•    Process Computation
•    Upstream Bioprocess Technology
•    Environmental Chemistry I

Final Year 

Core Modules

•    Research Project
•    Advanced Mass Transfer 
•    Project Management 

Optional Modules (choose 3)

•    Advanced Process Simulation and Control
•    Industrial Catalysis
•    Computational Fluid Dynamics for Chemical Engineering Design 
•    Downstream Processing for Biotechnology Products 
•    Advanced Renewable Technologies 
•    Petroleum Engineering
•    Advanced Particle Technologies 

In your final year you will undertake a major research project and a sustainability project to gain your MEng status. Additional modules include Advanced Reaction Engineering, Energy and Chemicals from Biomass and a variety of advanced management and professional skills modules.


Accreditation

All our chemical engineering courses are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, which puts you on the path to acquiring Chartered Chemical Engineer status. This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), which means it fully meets the academic requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer status.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels
  • ABB to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B 
     
  • BBB to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at Grade B)
     
  • BBC to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants) 
BTEC
  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.
     
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.
     
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.
     
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.
     
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted
IB
  • 32 overall points and above with 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and Maths at Grade 5.
Access & other

Access to Higher Education

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at Level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry.

 
Non-standard qualifications
 
Degree: 

 

  • Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3.
GCSEs

Additionally to our Level 3 requirement, you will also need to have achieved:

Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4

 

View our Admissions Policy

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our teaching is varied, including conventional lectures and tutorials, plant visits, lab work and specialist supervision from consultants working in industry.

You will be involved in individual and group project work throughout the course, designed to develop individual skills as an engineer as well as communication and the organisational and leadership skills needed to work effectively in a business or organisation. The course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial aspects of chemical engineering and you will take a number of management-related modules.

Your practical work will include exciting projects. Study here and you’ll be at the heart of a creative and career-focused culture, learning invaluable skills so you’re ready to start your life-changing career.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £19,400*

During placement year: £4,625

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries, you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy and resource conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, research, management and consultancy.

Our graduates have a strong record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor to the global chemical industry. Some of the companies our graduates have gone on to join include: Procter and Gamble, Stone and Webster, BP, ExxonMobil, Kodak, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Unilever, AMEC, British Energy, Kappa, Mowlem, BT, Corus and Pfizer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Chemical Engineering at Aston?

If you’re interested in a career in industry or commerce, using a combination of chemistry and engineering, this course will give you the necessary academic knowledge and understanding as well as practical skills if you choose to take an optional year in industry.  

What will I be doing on the Chemical Engineering course at Aston?

You will be learning through a variety of means from conventional lectures and tutorials, to project team and individual work, plant visits, lab work and specialist supervision from consultants working in industry. 

Why should I take a year out in industry? 

Our excellent links with the chemical industry allow you to test and expand your knowledge, skills and understanding through a paid placement. Placements provide integrated industrial and professional training, often in a position of responsibility, in areas such as the design, development, commissioning or operation of a chemical plant.   

We will help you arrange your placement and provide opportunities for you to visit companies, undertake commercial project work and compete for sponsorships and prizes. 

Does accreditation matter?

Yes. Accredited engineering degrees offer students, their parents and advisors, and employers a mark of assurance that the degree programme meets the standards expected by the engineering profession.

Accredited degrees also give confidence that the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for registration with a professional engineering institution have been met.
 
You can find out more about this here: https://www.engc.org.uk/acad

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live. 

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

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