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Chemical and Materials Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry. Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade. Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking. Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass 60 credits overall with 30 credits at Distinction (to include an appropriate ammount of Mathematics, Calculus and Further Calculus and specific subjects e.g. Physics or Chemistry) and the remaining credits at Merit or above.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C (4) or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.

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

D*DD

D*DD with Distinctions in relevant Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics units. Some Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics units may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information. Please note - there may be different requirements for the new RQF BTEC’s, please contact Admissions.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry, and AABBB at Higher level.

UCAS Tariff

144-147

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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 | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2022

5.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subjects

Chemical engineering

Materials engineering

Developing new processes for producing specialist materials, such as plastics, lightweight metal alloys and nanomaterials, is an emerging trend in the chemical industry for a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications. Covering all these areas, the degree is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills for a career in the chemical, materials and related industries.

On this degree, you’ll gain a grounding in the fundamental science and mathematical concepts that underpin chemical engineering, such as thermodynamics and the principles of process engineering. Specialised modules will also give you a thorough understanding of materials-related topics like structural materials and nano-materials.

**Course highlights**
- Our courses are shaped by our world-leading research in areas such as advanced engineering materials, innovative manufacturing and sustainable systems.

- During your project work you will access specialist facilities and laboratories.

- Our theoretical modules are supported by extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, allowing you to perform experiments that reinforce the material taught to you in the lectures.

- Small tutorial groups are used to support the teaching, so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

School of Chemical and Process Engineering

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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.

62%
low
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

50%
Staff make the subject interesting
69%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

78%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
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?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Materials 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?

68%
UK students
32%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
A
A*

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.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Engineering professionals
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

Engineering and technology

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.

£26,500
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

58%
Engineering professionals
6%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
3%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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

£32k

£32k

£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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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.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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