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University of Edinburgh

Chemical Engineering

UCAS Code: H804
MEng (Hons) 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

72%

Subjects
  • Chemical, process & energy engineering
Student score
56% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£30k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAA

Chemistry and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers
AABB-AAAA

Chemistry and Mathematics at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

72%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Chemical Engineering has a long tradition at the University of Edinburgh and in 2015-2016 we celebrated our Diamond Jubilee. According to all independent rankings we recognised as the best Chemical Engineering department in Scotland and our graduates go on to jobs with the highest starting salaries in the UK. A strong Chemical Engineering identity among students and staff is fostered through several events along the year that allow the staff to get to know students as individuals as well. A very active Chemical Engineering Society, run by the students, also helps students to get to know each other. The teaching team integrates the knowledge gained through their world-class research activities into the course, both in lecture material and in undergraduate research projects. Our strategy in teaching is to start with the scientific principles underpinning the practice of chemical engineering and then to show how these are applied in solving engineering problems. There is a structured programme of laboratory work and industrial visits to support the lecture material and design teaching. Design exercises are used throughout the degree programme to apply the taught theory. We make extensive use of industrial contacts, especially in design. We also have several representatives from industry on the committee that reviews our teaching programmes annually. All of our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Modules

Year 1: Your time will usually be divided between engineering, mathematics and optional courses. You study several branches of engineering, followed by the first in-depth study of your preferred subject. for most of our programmes you can choose an optional subject from the sciences or the arts. Chemical engineering students must take chemistry in the first year. Year 2: You will study your chosen branch of engineering, supported by classes in mathematics. You will begin to apply your scientific and mathematical skills to real problem solving. Year 3: You will now be able to focus almost entirely on your chosen field of engineering. at the end of your third year, you will have the option of completing one more year for a BEng (Hons). Year 4 and 5: You will concentrate on specialist study and innovative coursework that will prepare you for your professional career. Increasingly you will spend time on individual- or group-design projects. These projects include working with students from other disciplines in our unique royal academy of engineering. MEng students will produce a substantial project that may involve working overseas or in industry.

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How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
38%
62%

Year 1

38%
62%

Year 2

29%
71%

Year 3

44%
56%

Year 4

26%
34%
40%

Year 5

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
68%
20%
12%

Year 1

73%
23%
4%

Year 2

75%
25%

Year 3

50%
50%

Year 4

38%
62%

Year 5

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 45%
Student score 56% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

42%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

50%

Feedback on work has been prompt

43%

Staff are good at explaining things

60%

Received sufficient advice and support

47%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
25% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
29% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
507 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £30k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

44%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

3%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the chemicals industry, like a lot of manufacturing, had a tough time during the recession, the UK has had a shortage of chemical engineers for a while now so starting salaries are good. In fact, across the UK, only doctors and dentists bettered the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates, and in Scotland, where the best starting salaries for chemical engineers are to be found (thanks to the oil and gas industry), even dentists lagged behind last year. So if you want to make good money from the start, this is the degree to take. 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.
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