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Be at the forefront of scientific and technological developments and make a positive impact on the world.
Analytical thinker? Problem solver? Fascinated by the future of the world’s resources? Building a more sustainable future is one of the biggest challenges chemical engineers face.
Searching for future energy solutions to cost effective food options, you’ll tackle real world problems as you zoom in on the latest industry case studies. All of our modules are underpinned by cutting-edge research preparing you for tomorrow's world, as we encourage you to delve deeper into renewable fuels, sustainable water treatment and electrocatalysis.
Immersed in industry
Our teaching staff hold an impressive array of industry experience between them – from industrial engineering and sustainability expertise, to cutting-edge materials scientists and business leaders. You’ll meet global industry experts, as well as benefitting from our links to organisations like BP and IChemE.
Gaining skills from a variety of industrial and research placements, you’ll hit the ground running after you graduate. And with our specialist careers team, you’ll be supported every step of the way. You could step into power generation, environmental protection, or alternative energy roles, and work for big companies like Rolls-Royce and Genesis Pharmaceuticals.
Our BEng Chemical Engineering programmes have been accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Our BEng programmes meet the academic requirements for IEng.
Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
You can complete your Chemical Engineering degree in three, four or five years.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
You can look up module descriptions using our module directory.
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.
Students who do not have the required high school qualifications for admission to this degree, or who do not meet their UCAS conditional offers, may be considered for our foundation year.
You will enrol on Engineering BEng with Foundation. Successful completion of the foundation year will offer progression to a range of degrees in the School of Engineering and Material Sciences, including BEng or MEng Chemical Engineering.
International students who may not have had the chance to study A-level-equivalent qualifications may qualify for our one-year International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme, commonly known as the ISEFP.
On successfully completing the ISEFP, and subject to meeting the progression requirements, you are guaranteed a place on your chosen degree programme at Queen Mary.
Apply for our Chemical Engineering BEng or MEng with Industrial Experience to spend a year on placement, gaining practical experience and building professional contacts.
The industrial experience year can be taken in Year 3 or 4 of a BEng programme or Year 3, 4 or 5 of an MEng programme.
Please note that industrial placements are highly competitive and awarded based on application, academic track record and performance at interview.
Add on an integrated masters to complete advanced modules and a high-level group project.
Go global and add an optional year abroad to your degree. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme). Your year abroad can be taken in Year 3 of your degree, with your Year 3 modules taken in Year 4.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary, including the progression requirements.
Please note - you can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.
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 typically includes a combination of coursework, written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams in the summer.
The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Our standard contextual offer: Grades BBB including Maths and Physics or Chemistry at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.
Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades BBC including BB in Maths and Physics or Chemistry at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.
More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.
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.
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.
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.
See our general undergraduate entry requirements.
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
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.
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:
Chemical engineers are in great demand and have successful careers in energy and power generation, as well as in process industries producing 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:
The Queen Mary careers team offer:
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)
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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 2021) placed us seventh for our engineering research (Times Higher Education) and second for the quality of our research outputs.
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.
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