What students say about chemical engineering
I have about 20 hours timetabled each week, including lectures (8 hours), problem based learning (6 hours), PASS (1 hour), computer-based learning (2 hours) and laboratory work (3 hours). The course is varied and challenging, but a nice step up from A-levels. My coursework involves online or in-class tests every few weeks, and occasionally a written piece which involves solving mathematical / engineering problems based on the lectures. These require further reading behind the subject and a fair bit of personal work.1st year, University of Manchester
My course gears heavily towards employment after graduating and tries to prepare you for going into industry, including great support for industrial placements should you choose to add an extra year to your degree for the experience. Personally I would say that in order to perform highly on this course it is important to apply yourself and have a good work ethic to gain a firm knowledge and understanding of process engineering, which is essential when it comes to design. Once you understand the subject you may begin to think about problems more abstractly to aid solving them.3rd year, University of Surrey
My course has about 16-20 hours of contact time a week. The course content is challenging as it's a new concept for most of the people studying it, as there are no A-levels in engineering. However, every other week in the first term you have meetings with the personal tutor which helps you to sort out any questions and problems.1st year, University of Bath
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
- Design technology
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Engineering professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Chemical engineer
- Pharmaceutical engineer
- Research and development engineer
Other real-life job examples
- Design engineer
- Production manager
- Glass or ceramics engineer
What employers like about this subject
You will develop a range of subject-specific skills on a chemical engineering course, depending on how you choose to specialise. Students may opt to study anything from the separation and processing of solids, liquids and gases to thermodynamics, the control and prediction of chemical reactions, and the principles of energy efficiency. This is a specialist and sought-after degree among employers and so most graduates stay within the chemicals and other related industries, such as oil and gas and the nuclear industry. Other industries that chemical engineers joined last year included the perfumes industry and water treatment and processing.