This professionally accredited degree is the broadest ranging of our MEng degrees and will equip you with knowledge and skills across the full spectrum of chemical engineering topics, allowing you to keep your career options open.
At a Glance
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A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points
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You'll learn the theory and practical application of chemical engineering, including how to use industrial apparatus in our very own pilot plant.
In your fourth year you complete a substantial research project and choose topics in advanced chemical engineering from across our specialisms, including:
- process control
- sustainable engineering
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
At Newcastle you'll join a School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials with a long-standing reputation for teaching quality and student support:
- top 10 in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017
- a 91% overall student satisfaction score, ranking us 7th in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey
- Chemical Engineering at Newcastle also ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
All of our degrees are accredited by:
- Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
- Institute of Measurement and Control
IChemE accreditation means our degrees meet the standards set by the chemical engineering profession, providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
BEng or MEng?
Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Chemical Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our MEng degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) as they completely satisfy the academic requirements to achieve this professional qualification. This means you will not have to undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career, though you will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master's degree, or appropriate further learning to Master's level. A BEng is also suitable for international students who don't need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council's website.
Find out how to obtain Chartership through IChemE on IChemE's Get Chartered website.
What you will studyWhat you will study
Flexible degree structure
All of our Chemical Engineering degrees (except our Industry degree) cover the same study programme for the first three years. This means that transfer between our degrees (except the Industry degree) is possible up to the end of Stage 3 should you find your interests change, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard.
Transfer to or from our Industry degree is also possible up to the end of Stage 2, providing you achieve the appropriate academic standard.
Core curriculum (first three years)
We introduce you to core engineering, maths and science principles underpinning the design of a chemical engineering process plant.
You will learn everything from controlling chemical reaction rates to using specialist computer software to solve chemical and process engineering problems.
Study topics include:
- how to perform, measure, analyse and manipulate chemical reactions
- basic types of mass, heat and momentum transfer
- the design criteria for heat exchangers and other plant equipment used in process plants
In the third year you bring all this knowledge together to design a process plant in a team.
Fourth year (MEng only)
If you are studying an MEng degree, you take specialist modules in your fourth year - see the Course Details.
Facilities and support
As a chemical engineering student at Newcastle, you will join our School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials.
- a state-of-the-art BioLab, providing access to a range of small scale unit operations and the latest equipment
- a recently upgraded pilot plant laboratory
- modern bench-top experimental equipment
- an interactive video teaching system
- high-specification fume cupboards for handling volatile chemicals
- two dedicated computing suites, running specialised industry-standard computer software
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You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree