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Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Grades A*AA. This should include Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry and one other academic subject. Typical Contextual Offer: Grades AAA. This should include Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry and one other academic subject.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. For this course, Access to HE Diplomas will normally only be considered in conjunction with A Levels. Please contact the academic department for further information before applying.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects. This must include Maths at A level Grade A or equivalent and either Physics or Chemistry. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your application and at interview.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic department for clarification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

37 points overall including 7,6,6 points at the Higher level including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry. Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019. For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D-DD

We will only consider the Technical Diploma in Engineering, at Grade DD/D*D, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*-D

We will only consider the Technical Extended Certificate, at Grade D/D* in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths and Grade A/A* in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD-DDD

We will only consider the Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering, at Grade DDD/D*DD, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths.

We will only consider the Technical Foundation Diploma, at Grade D/D*, in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths and Grade A/A* in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

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

DD-D*D

We will only consider the National Diploma in Engineering or Applied Science, at Grade DD/D*D, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths.

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

D-D*

We will only consider the National Extended Certificate, at Grade D/D*, in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths and Grade A/A* in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

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

DDD-D*DD

We will only consider the National Extended Diploma in Engineering or Applied Science, at Grade DDD/D*DD, for entry to this course. This must be in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths.

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

D

We will only consider the National Foundation Diploma, at Grade D, in conjunction with Grade A/A* in A Level Maths and Grade A/A* in A Level Physics or Chemistry.

2 Advanced Highers in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry at Grade A + 3 Highers at Grade A (any subjects) - OR 3 Advanced Highers at Grade A including Maths and either Physics or Chemistry.

2 Advanced Highers in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry at Grade A + 3 Highers at Grade A (any subjects) - OR 3 Advanced Highers at Grade A including Maths and either Physics or Chemistry.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We require minimum grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be considered for the course. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Chemical engineering

Begin your journey towards a challenging yet rewarding career in chemical engineering by studying at the subject's birthplace: Manchester. In this four-year MEng degree you will not only learn the fundamentals of this key subject; you'll also have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working as a chemical engineer on a year-long industrial placement.

The placement, which you will undertake in your third year, is fully embedded within the course, meaning you can gain industrial experience while being supported throughout from an industrial and academic supervisor. We work with your placement to ensure you complete significant projects to produce a project-based dissertation, logbook and poster presentation. Two modules, Catalytic Reaction Engineering and Advanced Engineering Separations, you'll study by distance learning during the placement year.

You will have the opportunity to work for an esteemed company; previous placements have been with the likes of AkzoNobel, AstraZeneca, Bosch, Exxon Mobil, GlaxoSmithKline, JaguarLandRover, Rolls Royce, Tata Steel, Unilever, and many more.

At Manchester, all of our programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), meaning your education will equip you to graduate with an industrially approved degree. There will be emphasis on the technical aspects of chemical engineering, and these revolve around managing the behaviour of materials and chemical reactions, as well as predicting and manipulating compositions, flows, temperatures, and pressures of solids, liquids and gases. This is balanced with process safety and sustainability, which are inherent to all of our programmes. The latter is heavily embedded within your third-year design project. Here, you will undertake an open-ended team project to design a complete production process. Examples have included the sustainable production of chemicals such as propylene oxide and ethylene glycol from waste, and our design teams have won more IChemE Macnab-Lacey Prize for their efforts than any other university.

Extra funding

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The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences

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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.

68%
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

49%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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
84%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
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?

65%
UK students
35%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
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.

£30,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Engineering professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
13%
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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