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Chemical Engineering

Entry Year: 2021

6 study options

Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H812
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees

Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H811
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees

Chemical Engineering with Year Abroad BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H81Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees

Chemical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H814
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees

Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H813
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees

Chemical Engineering with Year Abroad MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H84Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees

Overview

Chemical engineers design the processes that convert chemicals, raw materials, living cells, microorganisms and energy into the essential products of modern life.

Our programme provides an insight into basic chemistry, process engineering and computational engineering. You’ll understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, processes used to create everything from personal care products to medicines to advanced functional materials, such as smart coatings.

You’ll also learn about the engineering principles used to design large-scale processing plants for everything from food to oil, with an emphasis on safety, sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

The programme is both practical and theoretical: you’ll be in the lab from the first year, working on projects relevant to the chemical engineering industry.

In the third year you’ll carry out a lab-based research project, based on your individual interests and integrated into the School’s world-leading research activities.

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Structure

You can complete your Chemical Engineering degree in three, four or five years. If you are a BEng student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4. If you are an MEng student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 4 and Year 4 modules will be studied in Year 5.

We are currently undertaking a programme review, which will develop the modules we offer and improve your student experience. Programmes will focus on practical activities, case studies and design, build and test, to bring engineering concepts to life.

Your studies will integrate fundamental engineering principles such as fluid mechanics, design, materials and mathematics. You will learn how engineering theory is applied in real-life situations, and how to apply engineering principles to solve real-world problems.

We take great pride in our approach, which maximises flexibility and career prospects for our students by offering unified teaching of engineering concepts, whilst maintaining significant specialisation in all degree programmes right from the very start of the first year. We achieve this by ensuring our cohorts cover the same important engineering concepts together, but learn how to apply these to situations relevant to their engineering discipline. We also have stream specific modules from the first year to contextualise and develop engineering problem solving skills.

Full details of our revised first year modules will be available from winter 2020. Details of second and third year modules will be available from summer 2021.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year in industry

Apply for our Chemical Engineering BEng or MEng with Industrial Experience to spend a year in industry. You'll have the opportunity to put your understanding of chemical engineering into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Take an extra year to study your choice of advanced modules and complete a high-level group project. Apply for our Chemical Engineering MEng, ideal if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Chemical Engineering BEng or MEng with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and problem-based learning.

You should plan for 14-17 hours of formal teaching each week, plus time spent on group projects. For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further one to two hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework, written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams in the summer. 

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • biofluids laboratory
  • combustion laboratory
  • NanoVision Centre
  • thermal analysis facility
  • two-phase flow and heat transfer labs
  • undergraduate teaching labs.

Entry requirements

Chemical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience - BEng (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Chemical Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Chemical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-09. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience - MEng (Hons)

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-09. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Chemical Engineering with Year Abroad - MEng (Hons)

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-09. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Chemical engineers are in great demand and have successful careers in energy and power generation, and in process industries such as those producing pharmaceuticals, materials, toiletries and food. There are also opportunities in environmental protection, recycling and alternative energy.

Recent School of Engineering and Materials Science graduates have been hired by:

  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Genesis Pharmaceuticals
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Transport for London
  • Williams Formula One.

Career support

The School of Engineering and Materials Science holds a weekly careers session where employers provide information, advice and skills training. We also run networking events for students to meet employers and alumni.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Chemical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience - BEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience - MEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering with Year Abroad - MEng (Hons)

About the School

The School of Engineering and Materials Science attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country, and the world. The most recent national assessment of the quality of university research (REF 2014) placed us seventh for our general engineering research (Times Higher Education).

Our academic staff have extensive contacts with major industrial companies in engineering and materials science, and there is constant interaction between industry, research and our teaching.

Our students benefit from personal contact with approachable teaching staff in small-group settings, where discussion and feedback is actively encouraged.