Chemical Engineering

MEng Hons

  • UCAS Code H811
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 6

    6th for Chemical Engineering

    The Guardian University Guide (2023)

  • 10

    10th for teaching satisfaction

    The Guardian University Guide (2022)

  • 15

    15th for student experience

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

Chemical Engineers pioneer materials and technologies of the future; they design and develop the processes behind today’s most useful products. In studying at Masters-level, you will develop your knowledge in chemistry and engineering, along with management and leadership skills.

Our accredited Chemical Engineering programme recognises the broad field of the subject and as such starts with a common first year, which is shared among all our engineering subjects. This is in recognition that Chemical Engineers do not work in isolation and that modern engineering is just as much about effective teamwork and communication, as it is the underlying science.

You will explore core themes of design, materials, thermodynamics and heat transfer, along with appropriate mathematical study in the first year. Alongside these, you will develop your design, problem-solving, management and leadership skills.

Following the first year, where you will have developed a solid foundation of engineering knowledge and begun to explore a variety of different areas of the discipline, you will have the opportunity to consider and plan your academic progression. At this stage, you may choose to begin your Chemical Engineering study, or move onto any of our other specialist programmes.

Specialist modules in chemical engineering begin in the second year, when you will continue to develop your core skills as an engineer. You will also be encouraged to engage with and solve increasingly open-ended, real-world problems. Alongside the technical modules, you will develop your creativity, entrepreneurial and analytical skills, improving your employability.

On this programme, you may decide to spend a year in industry, gaining valuable experience and enhancing your employability. We have extensive links built through our leadership in research and have students undergoing placements with multinational corporate companies through to smaller specialist SMEs. Our degree programme is flexible as to when this occurs, but we would recommend the best opportunity is once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge. Therefore, the most appropriate time would be at the end of second or third year.

A key element of year three is the group design project, where you will be asked to solve an open-ended design project over the course of the year. The projects typically involve conceptual design, as well as evaluation of economic, safety, legislative and ethical standards of assessment. Alongside this, you will practise and develop project management, team-working and technical writing skills.

In the fourth year, you will develop Masters-level skills, knowledge and experience. You will undertake advanced topics and will cement your specialist chemical engineering knowledge through an individual project, which will have real, positive impact on businesses and society.

The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, and is underpinned by the CDIO framework (Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating). All of your teaching is delivered by world-class academics and shaped by their outstanding research output. You will gain hands-on experience with access to cutting-edge facilities and an array of high-quality equipment in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building.

Course accreditation

Institution of Chemical Engineers logo Engineering Council logo

Careers

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of chemical engineering, our graduates can gain access to a vast range of exciting industries, including Energy, Oil and Gas, Water, Manufacturing and Process industries. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake PhD level study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research or teaching.

Our Careers Service offers a wide range of support and advice and we host a Science and Technology Careers Fair every year, allowing you to make valuable business connections.

We actively encourage students to take time out of their degree to complete periods of time in industry, typically 12 to 15 months’ paid employment. These industrial opportunities can be arranged in conjunction with the University, direct with companies or through the Engineering Development Trust’s Year in Industry scheme. Our strong industry links, from large corporations to small local companies, mean that we will be able to assist you to find a suitable and rewarding placement in a sector that interests you for your future career. We strive to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA

Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science: Chemistry, Physics or Biology

GCSE Minimum of four GCSEs at grade B or 5 with Mathematics at grade B or 6, and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4. GCSE Chemistry at grade B or 6 required with an A level in Physics or Biology.

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Interviews Applicants may be interviewed before being made an offer.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including either:

  1. Mathematics HL grade 6 (either pathway) plus grade 6 in a HL Physical Science
  2. Mathematics HL grade 6 (either pathway) plus grade 6 in two SL Physical Sciences
  3. Mathematics SL grade 7 (Analysis and Approaches) plus HL grade 6 in a Physical Science

Acceptable physical science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Other physical sciences at HL may be considered. GCSE Chemistry at grade B or 6 required with a HL in Physics or Biology.

BTEC Considered alongside A level Chemistry

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £26,550

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Tom Millen Engineering Scholarship

A generous donation from the family of Tom Millen will enable an outstanding Engineering student from a disadvantaged background to benefit from an annual bursary of £3,000.

This award is in memory of Tom Millen, who served as Superintendent of Laboratories and Workshops in the School of Engineering at Lancaster University. He began working for the School in 1969 and retired in 1977.

Each year, a £3,000 bursary will be offered to support one Engineering student from a disadvantaged background who has performed at a high academic level at the start of their studies at Lancaster. It will be awarded to the first-year student during their second year who meets the following criteria:

  • The recipient must be a home fee-paying student.
  • The recipient must be from a disadvantaged background.
  • The recipient must pass all modules in the academic year on the first attempt and achieve the highest overall aggregate score from all modules (with a minimum of 17.5).

The bursary will be given in three £1,000 instalments over the course of the academic year. You do not need to apply for the scholarship - the selection process is internal.

Maria Sanchez-O’Mullony Martinez, MEng Hons Chemical Engineering

A place for Maria

What attracted you to study Engineering at Lancaster University?
Firstly, it was the offer of an initial general engineering year where I could get to know all types of engineering, and afterwards, be able to choose which path to follow knowing from experience what I enjoyed. Secondly, the excellent equipment of the engineering department which had an extensive research profile and third, the fact that it offered lots of support for international students.

When did you know it was right for you?
From the very first moment I stepped onto the Lancaster University campus I knew it was going to become my first choice. I had already visited a few universities in UK, but nothing compared to Lancaster. The university and the town looked very student-based, and although it was compact it still offered all the facilities and shops that I’d need. I really liked the campus feel and that it was surrounded by nature.

What has been your favourite aspect of your course so far?
One of my favourite things has been my 3rd-year project. For Chemical Engineering students, it is a group report where everybody has to contribute to designing a chemical plant to manufacture a product. This project has come to show how all the theory we have learnt in our modules is being used in practice, and listening to the needs of a client and delivering a fully functional product.

Maria Sanchez-O’Mullony Martinez, MEng Hons Chemical Engineering

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Keep your options open

If you're unsure of which area of specialisation you'd like to go into upon application, you can use the UCA code H100 Engineering to leave your options open. The common first year lets you change your specialisation allowing a more informed choice at the end of year one, subject to meeting the requirements of that course.

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