Our inspiring Chemical Engineering MEng degree programme equips you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to shape and transform the future of chemicals, fuels and products, services and processes made and developed using chemical engineering expertise.

   

Chemical Engineering MEng

Newcastle has one of the largest concentrations of chemical engineering excellence in the UK and we consistently rank among the country’s top five chemical engineering schools for research. This means our courses provide first-class opportunities to learn core technical and transferrable skills from the world’s best academics in their field, as well as through industrial collaborations with leading multinational companies.

If you love solving problems and relish the idea of combining science, maths and engineering to develop new technologies, processes and products, then this Chemical Engineering MEng degree has been formulated for you. On the course you will study the fundamentals of chemical engineering – including reaction and catalyst engineering, thermodynamics, energy systems, process control, safety, ethics and environmental impact and transport phenomena – and how this knowledge is applied to real-world challenges; even to problems that haven’t yet arisen.

Project work – highly valued by employers – is a thread that runs throughout our degree programmes in order to create well-rounded chemical engineers. Problems are posed in a ‘real-world’ environment where decisions need to be made when data and information are scarce. As a Chemical Engineering MEng student, your final-year research project will also give you the opportunity to take part in the School’s own world-leading research work, giving you an insight into how the subject is developing at the cutting edge.

Our courses are flexible, allowing you to transfer between chemical engineering degree programmes if you want, and also to choose optional modules so as to tailor your degree to your interests and skills. Chemical engineering has a profound impact on our daily lives – and you can be part of that.

 

Why study Chemical Engineering MEng at Newcastle?

  • A multi-million-pound investment in new state-of-the-art buildings with purpose built laboratories
  • All students undertake a design project in third year to design a particular chemical process, championed by an industrial partner
  • Excellent industrial links with major national and international companies such as BP, Shell, AstraZeneca, GSK and ExxonMobil
  • CV and interview workshops led by industrial representatives to give students first-hand experience of the job application route
  • The Newcastle Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage in the School of Chemical Engineering is the first in the UK to have a research facility for energy storage using cryogenic liquids, comprising new laboratories, state of the art equipment, and a major demonstration plant

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Chemical Engineering MEng

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours

Credits 

120

Course

CODE U437

How long it takes:

Undergraduate (4 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

Year 1

Here you are introduced to the fundamentals of chemical and energy engineering and the chance to learn about other engineering disciplines.  Here, also, you will begin to develop the transferable skills that will carry you through your course, and beyond, into your life as a professional engineer. All modules compulsory.

  • Chemistry and Materials – 20 credits
  • Modelling Concepts and Tools 1 – 10 credits
  • Modelling Concepts and Tools 2 – 10 credits
  • Introduction to Transport Phenomena 1 – 10 credits
  • Introduction to Transport Phenomena 2 – 10 credits
  • Process Design and Analysis 1 – 10 credits
  • Process Design and Analysis 2 – 10 credits
  • Reaction, Equilibria and Thermodynamics – 20 credits
  • Labs and Data Analysis 1 – 10 credits
  • Labs and Data Analysis 2 – 10 credits

Year 2

Themes begun in the first year are developed to the standard you need as a professional engineer. You study advanced heat and mass transfer, reactors and catalysis and unit operations. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and the use of our research laboratories is exploited.

  

Core modules

  • Reactors, Catalysis and Thermodynamics – 20 credits
  • Sustainable Process Engineering – 20 credits
  • Process Systems and Principles of Process Control – 20 credits
  • Mass Heat and Momentum Transport – 20 credits
  • Process Integration and Unit Operations – 20 credits
  • Computing for Chemical Engineers – 10 credits
  • Product Design Exercise – 10 credits

Year 3

Your third year develops the chemical engineering fundamentals further, to graduate level. You will undertake an industry-linked design project which enables them to put into practice all of the skills they have gained.

  

Core modules

  • Advanced Reactions and Thermodynamics – 20 credits
  • Multiphase Systems – 20 credits
  • Design Project – 40 credits

Optional modules will be themed in Industry, Healthcare, Formulation and Energy

Select 40 credits of options. Example modules may include:

  

Industry theme:

  • Petrochemical Engineering – 10 credits
  • Plant Optimisation – 10 credits

Healthcare theme:

  • Introduction to Healthcare Technologies – 10 credits

Formulation Theme:

  • Processing for Formulation – 10 credits
  • Engineering of Food – 10 credits

Energy Theme:

  • Efficient use of Energy – 10 credits
  • Energy Economics – 10 credits

   

Year 4

In the fourth year you can develop subjects taken in previous years to greater depth, and also take options in associated subject areas, such as biochemical, food and pharmaceutical engineering. You also undertake a research project through which you develop advanced laboratory and scholarship skills which enable you to advance your understanding at a high level.

   

Core modules

  • Advanced Transport Processes – 20 credits
  • Research Project – 40 credits

Optional modules will be themed in Industry, Healthcare, Formulation and Energy

Select 60 credits of options. Example modules may include:

Industry theme:

  • Food Safety Management Systems – 10 credits
  • Sustainability in the Food Industry – 10 credits
  • Explosion Science, Prevention and Protection – 10 credits
  • Food Chain Security – 10 credits
  • Minerals Engineering: a Modern Perspective – 10 credits
  • Business and Strategy Development – 10 credits
  • Project Management (Business Strategy Delivery) – 10 credits

Healthcare theme:

  • Fermentation Cell Culture – 10 credits
  • Design and Development of Drug Delivery Systems – 10 credits
  • From Bench to Market, Development of Pharmaceutical Products – 10 credits
  • Plant Design and Manufacturing Principles for (Bio)pharmaceutical Production – 10 credits
  • Frontiers in Tissue Engineering – 10 credits
  • Applied Synthetic Biology – 10 credits
  • Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare Tech – 10 credits
  • Additive Manufacture and 3D Printing for Healthcare Applications – 10 credits
  • Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutic Biologicals from Bench to Market – 20 credits

Formulation theme:

  • Advanced Reaction System – 10 credits
  • Chemical NanoEngineering – 10 credits
  • Future Engineering of Food – 10 credits
  • Interfaces in Products and Processes – 10 credits

Energy theme:

  • Introduction to Electrochemistry – 10 credits
  • Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation – 10 credits
  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology – 10 credits
  • Advanced Electrochemical Applications – 10 credits
  • Energy Engineering Design – 10 credits
  • Energy Systems Design – 10 credits
  • Renewable Energy Systems – 10 credits
  • Thermal Energy Conversion, Storage and Application – 10 credits
  • Energy Storage – 10 credits

Entry requirements

 

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,100

 

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Your chemical engineering degree from Newcastle will equip you with the technical, analytical and professional skills needed to lead future change and innovation in a variety of sectors – from oil and gas and pharmaceuticals to energy and finance. 

   

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 shows that 92% of our department’s graduates are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation.

As a School, we enhance your employability further by providing a dedicated Industrial Tutor who helps students with sourcing placements, CV writing and interview preparation, as well as working closely with industry to strengthen our links and build new relationships.

Our degrees provide you not only subject-specific skills such as advanced analytical expertise and problem solving; they also furnish you with confidence in leadership, evaluation and team-work, creating a well-rounded graduate.

    

Graduates who have studied our courses:

   

Example employers

  • BP
  • ExxonMobil
  • Unilever
  • Glaxosmithkline
  • Tata Steel
  • Imerys
  • AstraZeneca
  • Cadbury

 

Example careers

  • Process engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Analytical scientist
  • Formulation engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Patent attorney
  • Project manager
  • Investment banker