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Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

ABB: including grade B in Maths and Chemistry - Standard offer BBB: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B BBC: Contextual offer (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer)

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry and 15 credits in Mathematics

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Grade C/4 and Mathematics C/4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

achieving 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level including Mathematics and Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

accepted in any subject but in additional you must have 2 A levels in Chemistry and Maths at a minimum grade B. For other BTEC combinations please check the Aston website.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Chemical engineering

Our MEng Chemical Engineering course is offered as either a four or five year course with integrated placement year. It is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this you share a common first year with chemists and in later years go on to specialise at a more advanced level in the core engineering topics.

The MEng builds on the BEng course, but is an extended, broader-based qualification, it is enhanced by additional subjects including process synthesis, advanced management, bioenergy, and a major research project.

Chemical engineers are very much at the forefront of working to improve the quality of our lives. Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities. As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy.

Key course benefits:

- Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer

- 100% of Chemistry students were satisfied with the Teaching on their course in the 2017 National Student Survey

- 100% overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey

- Ranked 4th in the UK for being Intellectually Stimulating in the 2017 National Student Survey

- Ranked Top 20 for Chemical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2017)

- Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.

Modules

Years 1 and 2 Chemical Engineering Operations; Design of Chemical Processes and Equipment; Management; Mathematics; Fluid Flow; Heat Transfer; Thermodynamics; Process Instrumentation; Chemistry; Chemical Kinetics; Process Simulation; Process Control and Safety; Reaction Engineering; Materials. Third year: Advanced Chemical Engineering Operations; Biomaterials; Advanced Transfer Processes; Pollution Prevention and Control; Design Problem; Process Economics; Management; Process Control; Reaction Engineering. Placement year: The 4 year sandwich course incorporates spending the third year in a paid professional placement gaining valuable and practical experience. Final year: To gain your MEng status you will undertake a major research project, advanced management, process modelling and sustainable energy modules. A full list of modules is available on the website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Engineering and Applied Science

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Chemical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemical, process and energy engineering

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemical, process and energy engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Engineering professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Want to make good money from the word go? This is the degree for you! The UK has had a shortage of chemical engineers for a while now so starting salaries are very good. In fact, across the UK, only doctors and dentists bettered the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates, with an average starting salary of around £28,000. Key sectors for chemical engineers last year included the petrochemicals, food, nuclear, pharmaceuticals, materials and consultancy industries. Their skills set also means that the finance industry likes graduates from these degrees, so there are options if you don't fancy engineering as a career. Most graduates take a longer course that leads to an MEng — which is what you need to take if you want to be a Chartered Engineer. Chemical engineers are also more likely than other engineers to take doctorates and go into research roles, so if you want to take an engineering subject but fancy a research job, this might be a good subject to take.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£33k

£33k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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