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University of Nottingham

Chemical Engineering

UCAS Code: H800
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemical, process & energy engineering
Student score
84% MED
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including Mathematics and including one of Chemistry or Physics. A Pass in the practical element of Biology, Chemistry and Physics is required if it is being studied. If A* in Mathematics is offered, alternative A Level subjects may be considered. Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.

Scottish Highers

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA including Mathematics and one of Chemistry or Physics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

including Mathematics and one of Chemistry or Physics. This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Higher grades AAABB.

BTEC Diploma

in a Chemistry or Physics related subject. Distinctions required in relevant modules. This qualification is only acceptable when combined with A Level Mathematics grade A. All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Distinctions in Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and Further Engineering Mathematics units All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

International Baccalaureate

including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 6 in one of Higher Level Chemistry or Physics. 36 points overall with 7 in Standard Level Mathematics and 6 in one of Higher Level Chemistry or Physics will also be considered.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144-152 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


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


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

Our IChemE accredited course is distinguished by developing whole system professional standard design from year one with the level of design increasing in complexity throughout the course. This approach aims to make our graduates industry-ready and equip them with a competitive edge when it comes to securing jobs and placements. Our MEng programme also enables students to study specialist topics and undertake industrially relevant research alongside leading academic researchers. Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on the value of group project work as a means of preparing you to work as an engineer. The course offers the opportunity to undertake a one year industrial placement and/or study abroad. This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).


In year one and two, students develop knowledge of the engineering fundamentals, science and design. In year three, in addition to advanced modules, you will undertake an industry-focused group design project, which simulates a commercial environment and will allow you to develop and demonstrate valuable skills for your future career as a professional chemical engineer. In year four, you will be able to specialise by choosing modules that suit your own interests and career path. You will also undertake a research and development project, giving you first-hand experience in cutting-edge research and advanced design practices.

University of Nottingham

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A world-leading University attracting some of the brightest minds from the UK and abroad to study on vibrant campuses here, and internationally. Surrounded by an amazing city, University of Nottingham students have an incredible time making friends and getting the best education. The University is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
42% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
32% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
444 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary £25k LOW
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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