MEng Honours Chemical Engineering with a Year in Industry (5-year sandwich) (UCAS Code: H805)
For entrance requirements:
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For course information:
Dr Gary Sheldrake
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
T: +44 (0)28 9097 4593
Option to Transfer
Transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 2.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including: International Foundation in Engineering and Science.Back to top
Chemical Engineering uses chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics to provide an integrated approach to understanding the changes which take place in processes, from the 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. Its boundaries border and overlap on other areas such as mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, chemistry, materials science and biology.
Sandwich degrees with a year in industry are four- or five-year programmes with a one-year industrial placement in the penultimate year. The placement may be national or international.Back to top
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 students at the end of Stage 3 are eligible to apply for a year-long study programme in the USA through Study USA, formerly the Business Education Initiative. MEng students take a fourth year, when they study research-led modules in advanced Chemical Engineering as well as 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 students carry out a major industrial project. There are opportunities to study abroad under the Erasmus exchange programme. We have exchanges with Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden, and with Delft Technical University in Delft, The Netherlands.
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 with a Year in Industry 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:
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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:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Studying for a chemical engineering degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including chemistry.
Chemical Engineering is a vocational degree, with the majority of our graduates pursuing careers in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, manufacturing and food industries although opportunities are available todevelop careers in a wide range of other sectors.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Warner-Chilcott (international pharmaceutical company), Almac, Invista, Seagate, and Johnson Matthey who are members of the Industrial Advisory board for the course.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
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Many of the 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.
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 fullEmployability Statementfor 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 Plusin 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.Back to top
Flexibility: the School offers degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, and students can switch between the two subject areas in the first year if their interests change.
Awards: in all degrees, at each stage, attention is given to transferable skills such as numeracy, problem-solving, communication (written and oral) and information retrieval. Students who present an acceptable portfolio are eligible for the City & Guilds Licentiateship award.
Accreditation: the degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.Back to top