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Chemical Engineering with Placement

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

including B in Maths and grade B in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

to include M2 in Maths and grade M2 in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

including grade 5 in Higher Level Maths and Higher Level 5 in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in Mathematics and H3 in one of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with Distinction in Further Mechanical or Further Electrical Principles AND A level Maths at grade A.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

D*DD

in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical or Further Electronic/Electrical Principles modules AND A level Maths at grade A.

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

DD

in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems AND A Level Maths at grade A.

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

D

in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with A Levels grades AB to include Maths and one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology.

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

D*DD

in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with Distinctions in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and A level Maths at grade A.

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with A Levels grades AB to include Maths and one of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science or Design and Technology

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

including B in Maths and grade B in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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

About this course


Course option

5.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Chemical engineering

Our Chemical Engineering MEng degree is an innovative course that has been developed to equip you with a broad range of knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the chemical process industry.

The course has been developed according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) accreditation guidelines. This innovative approach means modern subjects are taught and delivered through flipped classrooms, problem-based learning and virtual reality.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to a new, modern laboratory with equipment and rigs for your experimental work. The latest industry standard engineering software packages are available for you to use in the purpose-built computer laboratories.

Our MEng chemical engineering course can be studied full-time over four years, or five years with a placement year.

We encourage the placement year option. This time in industry helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you opt for the placement year, you could find yourself making a difference in the real world working in energy, pharmaceutical or consumer goods.

Brunel Engineers is an annual exhibition that showcases our engineering talent at its finest. It’s a great way for you to network with key engineering professionals and show them the innovative, creative and enterprising work you have produced during your time at Brunel.

National salary surveys consistently place chemical engineers at the top of the engineering pay scales, meaning you will be studying for a lucrative and successful career with our degree.

Modules

Year 1
Chemical Engineering Introduction
Engineering Mathematics and Programming
Engineering Mechanics and Materials
Engineering Methods
Engineering Practice
Engineering Systems and Energy

Year 2
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Chemical and Biochemical Reaction Engineering
Chemical Engineer’s Toolbox
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Separation and Process Heat Transfer
Transport Phenomena

Work placement year in industry

Year 3
Big Data Analytics
Particulate Engineering and Processing
Process Control
Process Design and Safety
Sustainable and Environmental Engineering
Major Design Project

Year 4
Biochemical Process Engineering
Industrial Internet of Things and Cybersecurity
Innovation Toolbox
Low Carbon Emerging Technologies
Process Systems Engineering
Research Project

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,280
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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What students say


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 engineering

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

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%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Engineering professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

£36k

£36k

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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