Course Content (including module information)
All degrees are modular, with six modules (or the equivalent in half-modules) each year. Students take a range of modules in engineering, chemistry and science. To obtain professional accreditation, students must follow a defined pathway.
Students take several Chemical Engineering modules as well as modules in Chemistry, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering.
Students extend their knowledge of Chemical Engineering and study associated subjects such as computer-aided design and applications, laboratory practice, and professional studies.
Comprises more advanced Chemical Engineering modules, various modules covering aspects of management and professional studies, an in-depth design project and an optional research project.
MEng (Stage 4)
MEng students take a fourth year, when they study research-led modules in advanced Chemical Engineering and specialist topics such as analysis and computer simulation of advanced chemical processes, energy and quality management, and safety and environmental management. There are further professional studies modules involving an entrepreneurial project in this year, and a major industrial project.
Opportunities to study abroad under the Erasmus exchange programme and Study USA are available. We also have exchanges with Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden, and with Delft Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands.
Note: the School has also introduced a new Engineering Chemistry degree which covers core elements of both chemistry and chemical engineering, and will prepare students for a wide range of careers. It is available in two options - the MSci or the MEng.
Assessment & Feedback
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students through the VLE and on the school’s own website.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
- Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
- Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
- Placement employer comments or references.
- Online or emailed comment.
- General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
- Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
- Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
- Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
Learning and Teaching
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the MEng in Chemical Engineering we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts and develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society. We make use of innovative technologies and a world class library to enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
- Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
- Practicals: these are essential to the training in this laboratory-based subject area. You will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. Most of the core taught modules at Stages 1 and 2 have practical components associated with them, whilst stage 3 has a double weighted practical module (CHM3015). Typically at stage 1 you would be in the lab for two afternoons and in stages 2 to 3 it is two full days per week.
- E-Learning technologies: Information associated with lectures and assignments is typically communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. Opportunities to use IT programmes associated with data manipulation and presentation are embedded in the practicals and the project- based work.
- Seminars/tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 6-10 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups as well as using them as a route to providing individual feedback.
- Design Classes: Design classes and embedded throughout taught modules in Stages 1 to 2. IChemE accredited design modules CHE3013 and CHE3014 are taken at Stage 3, a significant aspects are: problem solving; sustainability, environmental awareness, and safe working practices and transferable skills (such as, report writing, oral presentations, IT, teamwork, critical thought, entrepreneurship).
- Self-directed study: This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, preparation for seminars / tutorials, writing of laboratory reports can be completed. You are encouraged to undertake private reflection on feedback, and at the later stages undertake independent research using the primary literature to support project work and critically review taught course material.
- Supervised projects: In the final year, you will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that you have chosen. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you in terms of how to carry out your research. The supervisor and a second academic member of staff will formally meet, interview and review the work at the half way stage, and then provide support in the write up stage, although weekly contact is anticipated in most projects within the School.
- Personal Tutor: Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic and professional development through the discussion of selected topics.