MEng | Undergraduate

Chemical Technology with Year in Industry

Entry year
Entry requirements
5 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
Placement Year
  • Overview

    This exciting new course reflects our distinctive position as the only combined School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the UK to offer a degree comprising core elements of both disciplines.

    It also reflects the workplace, where chemists and engineers work together and need to communicate with and understand each other. Fundamental aspects of each discipline are studied, and in later stages specialist modules in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering are chosen determining whether an MEng or MSci degree is awarded.

    A key component of this 5-year degree programme is the full year industrial placement with a leading company in the field.

    Chemical Technology with Year in Industry Degree highlights

    Only joint school of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the UK to offer this combined degree with the advantage that both disciplines are taught in the one school.

    Global Opportunities

    • Opportunities to study in Europe, Canada and USA under the Erasmus and TASSEP exchange programmes are available. We also have exchanges with Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden and Delft Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands.

    Professional Accreditations

    • This is a new course which will be considered for accreditation by both the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

    Industry Links

    • Studying for a Chemical Technology degree at Queen‘s will equip you with technical skills in both science and engineering. Through studying in a joint school of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering you will be trained in the interdisciplinarity needed to work in different areas in the Chemical Industry. The wide range of transferrable skills obtained mean graduate jobs in a range of areas are also open. The school has a links with a number of industries and the Industrial Advisory Board has a strong influence on the curriculum and direction of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered. Industry representatives visit the school to recruit undergraduates for student placement and graduate schemes and are involved with judging poster competitions held in the school. There are a wide range of industrial research collaborations within the school and undergraduate research projects are often linked with these areas of research.

    World Class Facilities

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionAll degrees are modular, and students take six modules (or equivalent) each year. This particular course is almost unique in the UK in combining core aspects of both chemistry and chemical engineering, including extended practical/project work. In the later stages of the course students can chose their own specialist modules. This is a five-year MSci degree, aimed at high-calibre students with the ability and aspiration to practice professionally at the highest levels.

    Students take a mix of core Chemistry and Chemical Engineering modules in each of the first two years. In level 3, students have the opportunity to take the Chemistry mini-research projects as well as the Chemical Engineering design project and are also offered the choice of a number of options modules in each of the disciplines. There is further specialisation in level 4, where students choose one discipline for their research project and the Masters level modules taken. In addition, students will also spend a year on placement with a relevant industrial company. This would normally be between Stages 3 and 4 but could also be considered between Stages 2 and 3. The choices made for the final year research project and Masters level modules determine whether a MEng or MSci is awarded at graduation.
    More DetailsThis degree is modular, with six modules (or equivalent) taken each year.

    Level 1: Physical Theory, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 1, Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Engineers, Introduction to Chemical Products and Processes, Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer.

    Level 2: Chemical Process Thermodynamics, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 2, Heat and Mass Transfer, Process Control and Safety, Structural and Process Chemistry.

    Level 3: Spectroscopy and Reaction Engineering, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 3, Heat and Mass Transfer 2, Chemical Engineering Design and Mini Research Projects, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Options.

    Level 4: Research Project, Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering, Design and Environmental Engineering, Technology Management & Entrepreneurship and Analytical Techniques for Chemical Processes.

    People teaching you

    Dr J. Thompson

    School of Chemistry and Chemic
    Teaches on both the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering pathways. Research interests are at the interface of the disciplines and are primarily in the areas of gas phase and liquid phase heterogeneous catalysis.

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching15 (hours maximum)
    15 Hours spent in lectures
    Medium Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    6 Hours spent in labs
    Personal Study6 (hours maximum)
    6 Hours spent in personal study
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial5 (hours maximum)
    5 Hours spent in small groups or tutorials

    Learning and Teaching


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      Lectures and laboratory classes take place throughout the week, with the exception of Wednesday afternoons. Lectures, computer classes and tutorials are held throughout the campus with laboratory classes taking place in the David Keir Building.



    • A combination of written examinations, continual assessment including laboratory, computational and group project work, presentations and a dissertation thesis on an individual research project.



    • Feedback is general or specific depending on the assessment. General feedback is given to the whole class after each assessment and in the first two years students have the opportunity to discuss assessment results on an individual basis with a lecturer in the school through the personal development plan scheme. Feedback on group work and research projects is given on a specific basis between the lecturer teaching that course and the individual student or group taking the assessment.


    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 avaliable.

    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.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    AAB including Mathematics and Chemistry
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 and H3 in any order in Mathematics and Chemistry
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    34 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Higher Level Chemistry and Mathematics.
    A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirements are also met.

    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 on-line form 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 this degree offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of six GCSE passes at grade B or better (to include English Language and Mathematics), though this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

    Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

    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 other qualifications may also be considered. The same GCSE (or equivalent) profile is usually expected of those candidates offering other qualifications.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of this degree, 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 would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

    Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Visit Day, which is usually held in 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 (, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

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    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:

    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

    This exciting course is aimed at those wanting a degree level understanding of and practical skills in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and who will apply these skills at the interface between science and engineering. It is a five-year MEng degree (including a year-long placement in industry), for high-calibre students with the ability and aspiration to practice professionally at the highest levels.

    Employment Links
    This is a new degree which will be considered for accreditation by both the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

    Additional Awards Gained

    This is a new degree which will be considered for accreditation by both the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

    Prizes and Awards

    The school has been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN silver award for its work in promoting women in science.

    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) £4,275
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU £4,275
    International £20,100

    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.

    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.

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    Chemical Technology with Year in Industry costs

    Students are required to buy a laboratory coat in year 1 at a cost of £15. Students have the option to hire a locker, at a cost of £5 per student per year. Students have the option to join the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) at a cost of £19 per annum.

    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


    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



  • Apply

    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:

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2019 from 1 September 2018.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2019 (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 for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:

    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 ( which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

    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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