This professionally accredited MEng Honours degree includes a 12-month paid work placement to enhance your practical skills and employability.
At a Glance
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A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points
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You'll study a broad curriculum covering the theory and practical application of chemical engineering, including how to use industrial apparatus in our very own pilot plant.
In your third year, you undertake a fully accredited, paid work placement with a chemical/process engineering company.
On return to University in your fourth year, you study a selection of topics that are tailored to further develop the technical expertise you gain on your placement.
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.
Core topicsCore topics
What you will study
We introduce you to core engineering, maths and science principles underpinning the design of a chemical engineering process plant.
You'll 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
Flexible degree structure
Transfer to or from our Industry degree from one of our other chemical engineering degrees is possible up to the end of Stage 2, before the accredited industrial placement begins in Stage 3.
Work placement and study abroadWork placement and study abroad
In your third year you spend a paid year in industry, gaining invaluable work experience and building industry contacts. You will work in a team of professional engineers and scientists to apply your knowledge to an industrial problem defined by your host company. Your technical skills will be assessed through an industrial design project and you complete selected chemical engineering topics by distance learning.
The School and the University Careers Service will help you to find potential employers and guide you through the application process. We have strong links with over 100 companies, including:
In your final year you complete an individual design project and substantial research project.
With the agreement of the Degree Programme Director, you can carry out your research project at one of our partner universities in Europe or worldwide. Locations include Australia and Singapore.
Teaching and assessment
Newcastle students graduate fully equipped with the skills they will need thanks to our strong links with industry experts and focus on industry skills, including:
- problem-based learning for the first three years based around industrial case studies