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University of the West of Scotland

Chemical Engineering

UCAS Code: H810

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B,C

Including Maths and one Science (preferably Chemistry)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

H3,H3,H3,H4

Including Maths and Chemistry

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

Including Maths and Chemistry

UCAS Tariff

102
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Engineering design

This programme prepares you for a career in the chemical and process industries as well as other related fields. It combines academic study, hands-on experience and group projects to develop the essential skills required by employers in the 21st century chemical and process industries.

You will study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through laboratory work and use world-class process simulation tools such as Aspen Suite and Ansys Fluent.

You will undergo a period of pilot plant-based training and can take a one-year paid sandwich placement as a junior chemical engineer in industry. Placements are obtained competitively and can be in the UK or abroad. Industry experts will share their expertise through guest lectures.

Graduates have gained employment with companies including GlaxoSmithKline; Amec Foster Wheeler; Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Seal Chemicals; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; Joint European Torus Project; and Procter and Gamble.

Course content
Chemical engineers are involved in the design, operation and management of plants and processes resulting in products that influence our wellbeing and quality of life. The course combines academic study, hands-on experience and group projects to ensure you develop the essential practical and communication abilities required by employers in the 21st century process industries. You will study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through laboratory work and use world-class process simulation tools such as Aspen Suite and Ansys Fluent.

Industry experts will share their expertise through guest lectures. Claire Forsyth and Neil Bowman from NEL recently presented to students on the importance of correct measurement.

Year 1
Studies include engineering fundamentals, mathematics and chemistry.

Year 2
Studies focus on core chemical engineering topics in addition to mathematics and chemistry.

Year 3
Core chemical engineering subjects including process design, transport processes, engineering thermodynamics, separation processes, process safety, process control and project management are covered.

Optional Industry Placement
One year can be spent on paid placement as a supervised, junior chemical engineer in industry. Placements are obtained competitively and can be in any branch of the chemical/process industry in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, British Nuclear Fuels, Doosan Babcock, Diageo and Sellafield Ltd.

Year 4 (Honours)
Study includes core and advanced topics in separation processes, chemical reactor design, thermal systems design and integration, process safety, process control and some economic aspects of the process industry. You will also undertake a chemical engineering design study.

Career prospects
Graduates have gained employment with companies including GlaxoSmithKline; Amec Foster Wheeler; Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Seal Chemicals; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; Joint European Torus Project; and Procter and Gamble.

Placement/Work-based learning
You will undergo a period of pilot plant based training as part of the course, and can opt to take a one-year paid industrial placement. Sandwich placement options are available. In recent years students have completed placements with organisations such as Diageo, Scottish Water and Trident Engineering Consultants.

Professional recognition
This programme is accredited by the professional body, the Institution of Chemical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. The curriculum is designed to satisfy internationally recognised high accreditation requirements. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees including companies from countries that are signatories to international accords.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
23%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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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.

£23,808
low
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Engineering professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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