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MEng | Undergraduate

Chemical Engineering

Entry year
2020
Entry requirements
AAA
Duration
4 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
H802
  • Overview

    Chemical Engineering uses chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics to provide an integrated approach to understanding the changes which take place in processes, from molecular to global scale, and to create methods which can change chemical or physical composition, energy content, structure, or physical state, ie mathematics and science in action. The subject also involves the application of knowledge to the design, development and operation of plants that process chemical and related products. It borders and overlaps on areas such as mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, chemistry, materials science and biology.
    Four-year MEng degrees are available for high-calibre students with the ability and aspiration to study Chemical Engineering at the highest levels. BEng students with excellent performance may transfer to the MEng up to the end of Stage 2.

    Chemical Engineering Degree highlights

    Chemical Engineering is ranked 8th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2017

    Global Opportunities

    • Opportunities to study abroad under the Erasmus exchange programme and Study USA are available. We also have exchanges with several Universities in the EU and around the world.

    Professional Accreditations

    • Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

    Industry Links

    • We regularly consult with, and develop links with, a large number of global employers from a variety of sectors spanning the pharmaceutical industry (including Eli Lilly, MSD, Pfizer, Alexion, Abbvie and GSK), energy (including Shell, Petronas and BP) and Chemicals/Speciality products (Invista, Seagate, and Johnson Matthey). Furthermore, we work with a range of local and start-up/spin-out companies including Almac, GLT and MOF Technologies.

    Student Experience

    • The UK’s only combined Chemistry and Chemical Engineering School within the Russell group– this includes a common curriculum in the first semester which offers the possibility of transfers between the departmental subjects. The interface between science and engineering provides a unique environment for teaching and research.

    Brexit Advice

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionAll degrees are modular, with the equivalent of six modules in each year (note these may be split into sub modules). Within these modules, students will develop their skills in core chemical engineering subject matter and have the opportunity to enhance these skills through laboratory practicals, computer workshops and engineering design. Our programme is supplemented by courses in chemistry and professional development with more advanced modules in areas such as energy and materials, delivered in the later years. To obtain professional accreditation, students must follow a defined pathway.
    Stage 1Stage 1 provides you with introductory Chemical Engineering and supporting content. This introduces the principles and processes which explain how matter heats, moves and changes through different physical states or via reactions.
    Stage 1 courses are outlined below:
    • Fundamentals of Chemistry
    • Introduction to Engineering Design
    • Maths for Chemists & Engineers
    • Physical Theory
    • Principles of Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer
    Stage 2Stage 2 extends your knowledge of Chemical Engineering subject matter, building depth in the areas of thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer and providing training in the use of computational tools to design, model and control systems.
    Stage 2 courses are outlined below:
    • Chemical Process Thermodynamics
    • Chemical Plant Design and Operation
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Heat and Mass Transfer
    • Process Control
    • Safety and Mechanical Design
    Stage 3Stage 3 continues to add depth to core chemical engineering material and introduces new areas such as biochemical engineering. You will get to practice your skills through the design of a Chemical plant - this includes the calculation of material and energy flows, safety and environmental aspects as well as economics to demonstrate overall feasibility.
    Stage 3 courses are outlined below:
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Chemical Reactor Design and Process Integration
    • Design Project (Part 1, and 2)
    • Mass and Heat Transfer
    • Transport Phenomena
    Stage 4Stage 4 adds both engineering depth and breadth where you will study a number of research-led modules in advanced Chemical Engineering and specialist topics such as energy, sustainable processing, technology management, safety and carbon management. Many of these subjects are directly linked to the internationally recognised research conducted within the school. You will also get the opportunity to not only work on a major research project with academic staff but to also develop your professional and entrepreneurial skills through group projects throughout the year.

    Stage 4 courses are outlined below:
    • Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering
    • Technology Management and Entrepreneurship
    • Sustainable Energy Systems
    • Green Chemistry and Engineering
    • Oil and Gas Process Engineering
    • Research Project
    • Design and Environmental Engineering

    People teaching you

    Professor David Rooney
    Head of Teaching for Chemical Engineering programmes

    Chem & Chemical Engineering
    Professor Rooney is a Professor of Chemical Engineering. He teaches on a range of modules across the pathways and specialises in Sustainable Energy.

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching7 (hours maximum)
    7 hours of lectures or seminars
    Medium Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    6 hours of practical classes or workshops each week; Design and research hours will increase as more project work is undertaken at Levels 3-4 (as applicable)
    Personal Study24 (hours maximum)
    22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial2 (hours maximum)
    2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

    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:

    • Design Classes
      Design classes are embedded at all stages of the programme. IChemE accredited design modules CHE3013 and CHE3104 are taken at Stage 3. Significant aspects include: problem solving; sustainability, environmental awareness and safe working practices and transferable skills (such as report writing, oral presentations, IT, teamwork, critical thought, entrepreneurship).
    • E-Learning technologies
      Information associated with lectures and assignments is typically communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Opportunities to use IT programmes associated with data manipulation and presentation are embedded in the practicals and the project- based work.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • Practicals
      Laboratory practicals occur at stage 1 and stage 2 of the engineering programme. Here you will work with equipment which give you a greater understanding of the fundamental science that you will undertake within the classroom. Experiments cover areas such as heat and mass transfer, adsorption and reaction as well as many others. Our laboratory practicals are constantly updated and use modern equipment. Furthermore we train you in a number of computer software tools which will enhance your understanding and provide you with useful skills which are needed in industry.
    • 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.
    • Seminars/tutorials
      Tutorials are an integral part of the programme delivery and you will undertake these within the classroom, as small groups or individually. These tutorials are designed to enhance and reinforce the learning within each module and assistance is provided by your tutors. Group work is also common throughout the programme which often requires both written submission as well as presentations. You can expect feedback on all core submitted work.
    • Supervised projects
      Within the programme we have both research work and design with the latter embedded throughout the projects. Research projects are available within the final year only - you will work with one of the academic staff to undertake a project within a specific area, often linked to industry. Design projects occur at every year of the taught programme. Here you will work within a group under the supervision of an academic member of staff to design a chemical plant of increasing complexity and size as you progress through your degree. In the final year of the MEng programme the design aspects focus on active research areas including for example photocatalytic reactors and sustainable energy buildings - you will get the opportunity to design your own business and enhance your entrepreneurial skills. .

    Assessment

    Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    • 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

    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 comments. 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 comments.
    • 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.
    • Comments 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.

    Facilities

    Investment continues to be made in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering extending our range of facilities. The well-equipped research laboratories are augmented by excellent computational facilities and some of the most modern instrumentation available. The School has recently invested in a lab containing 18 brand new analytical instruments, from HPLC, GC and mass spectrometers, to FT-IR, UV-Vis and Fluorescence spectroscopy, dedicated to the training of analytical techniques.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/Discover/Facilities/
    In addition to an instrument pool containing a range of infrared and ultra violet / visible spectrometers, a circular dichroism spectrometer and polarimeter, major items of equipment possessed by the School include NMR spectrometers, powder X-ray diffractometer,Time of Flight Mass Spectrometers, GC / mass spectrometers, Elemental analyser, Thermal analysers F.T. infrared spectrometers, BET, Scanning electron microscope and a range of the most modern facilities for laser-based spectroscopy, including nanosecond pulsed system.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/Discover/Facilities/
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/Discover/Facilities/

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    AAA including Mathematics at least one from Chemistry (preferred), Biology, Computer Science, Digital Technology, Geography, ICT (not Applied ICT), Physics, Software Systems Development or Technology & Design.
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H2H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 in Mathematics and a Science subject (see list under A-level list requirements)
    Access Course
    Not considered. Applicants should apply for the BEng Chemical Engineering degree.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    36 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level including Mathematics and a relevant Science subject (Chemistry preferred) - see list under A-level requirements.

    If Chemistry or Physics is not offered at Higher Level then GCSE Chemistry and Physics grade B or Double Award Science grades BB would be required.

    Standard Level grade 5 would be acceptable in lieu of the GCSE requirement.
    Graduate
    A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirements are also met.
    Note
    Applicants not offering Chemistry or Physics at A-level should have a minimum of either a grade B in GCSE Chemistry and Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades BB.
    Further information
    Applicants for the the MEng degree will automatically be considered for admission to the BEng degree if they are not eligible for entry to the MEng degree both at initial offer making stage and when results are received.
    Option to transfer
    Transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 2.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

    Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

    Applicants for the MEng Honours degree in Chemical Engineering must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement and a strong performance at GCSE is essential. For last year's entry, applicants for this MEng programme offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of 6 GCSE passes at grade B/6 or better (to include Mathematics and either Double Award Science or both Chemistry and Physics). Selectors will also check that any specific entry requirements in terms of A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

    Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Applicants repeating A-levels require BBC at the first attempt. Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview.

    Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

    Applicants offering BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are not normally considered for MEng entry but, if eligible, will be made a change course offer for the corresponding BEng programme. Subject to satisfactory academic performance during the first two years of the BEng course, it may be possible for students to transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Stage 2.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Open Day, which is usually held during the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

    If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Studying for a Chemical Engineering degree at Queen’s will provide you with the skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates holding a degree from Queen’s are highly regarded by many local, national and international employers and many of our students are successful in securing employment in globally recognised industries well before graduation.
    Chemical Engineering is a practical and useful degree which enables you to seek employment in a range of sectors including the pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing and food industries. The opportunities widen further to sectors such as finance, business and research and many of our graduates embark on further study in specialised areas which align with their career aspirations.
    We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers and have an industrial advisory board to advise the school on developments within the sector so that we can continually revise and update our courses to match industry demand.

    Other Career-related information:

    Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast full Employability Statement for further information.

    Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.

    Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

    Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers

    Employment Links
    Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations including:
    Invista, BP Chemicals, Shell, ExxonMobil, Du Pont, Almac, P&G, Pfizer, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Eli-Lilly, GSK, Alexion, Seagate, Intel, Unilever, EDF and Norbrook.

    Many research projects within the School have industrial input, and are in collaboration with a wide variety of companies operating in the chemical sector. Given the close working relationships between industry and the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, new opportunities to expand placements, industrial contact and career opportunities are continually developing.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,395
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU * £4,395
    International £20,800

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    * The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Chemical Engineering costs

    Students are required to buy a laboratory coat in year 1 at a cost of approx. ��15.

    Students have the option to hire a locker each year, at a cost of approx. £10 per student per year (refundable at end of the academic year).

    Students have the option to join the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) at a cost of approx. £25 for the duration of the course.

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

    Scholarships

    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

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    How and when to Apply

    How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).

    Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

    The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

    Apply via UCAS

    After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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