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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.3k / 2015 cohort
  • Foreign: $ 32.8k / 2015 cohort
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 2859pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

    Applicants including Oxford and Cambridge among their entries – 15 October 2014

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    The underlying goal of this course is the preparation of high quality graduates who will ultimately take leadership roles in their chosen professions, whether in the process engineering sector, in research, or in the various commercial activities which attract many of our graduates.

    The design of the MEng course has been based upon a number of key principles:

    1. Fluency in the fundamental principles of mathematics and chemical engineering science - students are expected to develop a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles, and not simply to be able to manipulate empirical formulae.
    2. Active learning techniques - more than half of the programme is centred around project work of various types as opposed to formal lectures.
    3. Design proficiency - the ability to incorporate concepts into the design of new products or processes is an important characteristic of all engineering disciplines and is reflected by design projects of increasing complexity distributed throughout the course.
    4. Development of professional skills - skills in group working and problem-solving and competence in oral and written communication are stressed throughout the course.
    5. Industrial involvement - All students are expected to participate successfully in an industry based project towards the latter part of the course.
    6. Flexibility of provision - Because students interest develop in different directions, a wide variety of options are available in the last two years of the course - some choose to study abroad for a year (in English or a foreign language), others choose "streams" which concentrate on business and management studies, environmental issues, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, or others.

    Year 1

    Mathematics 1 
    Chemistry 6
    Properties of Matter 
    Process Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                 Separation Processes 
    Transfer Processes 1: Fluid Mechanics 1 
    Transfer Processes 1: Heat and Mass Transfer 
    Design Project 
    Foundation Labs 
    Mastery for Engineers 
    Engineering Ethics and Work Behaviour

    Year 2

    Mathematics 2 
    Process Dynamics and Control 
    Thermodynamics 2 
    Reaction Engineering 1 
    Industrial Chemistry 
    Transfer Processes 2: Fluid Mechanics 2 
    Transfer Processes 2: Heat Transfer 
    Separation Processes 2 
    Reactor Design 
    Knowledge Labs 
    Controller Design 
    Pilot Plant 
    Mastery for Engineers 
    Economic Evaluation of Projects

    Year 3

    Safety and Loss Prevention 
    Strategy of Design 
    Transfer Processes 3: Fluid Mechanics 3 
    Transfer Processes 3: Particle Mechanics 
    Reaction Engineering 2 
    Environmental Engineering 
    Discovery Labs 
    Environmental Engineering Project 
    Flow sheeting Project 
    Mechanical Design Project 
    Mastery for Engineers 
    Business for Engineers 3 
    Elective: Clean Fossil Fuels*
     Elective: Accounting*

    Year 4

    Advanced Chemical Engineering Practice 
    Advanced Chemical Engineering Design Practice 
    General Mastery 
    Design Mastery 
    Elective: Dynamic Behaviour of Process Systems*
    Elective: Membrane Science*
    Elective: Numerical Methods*
    Elective: Transport Processes in Biological Systems*
    Elective: Nuclear Chemical Engineering*
    Elective: Marketing*

    *Students have to choose two optional modules from a larger list of engineering,
    humanities or business optional modules. The courses listed above are the most
    common choice of students.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    In terms of Advanced (A) Level grades, minimum requirements are A*AAA or A*A*A in Maths,
    Chemistry and further relevant A-levels. We insist on candidates offering Mathematics and Chemistry
    at A-level in addition to another one or two subjects at A-level (such as Physics or Biology or
    Economics or Further Maths for instance).
    Minimum entrance requirements for International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants are 7 in Mathematics,
    6 in Chemistry and 6 in Physics, Biology or Economics (at higher level), in addition to 39+ points.
    Applicants with other qualifications, including leaving certificates of various non-UK national systems
    and other Baccalaureates (e.g., European or French) are very much welcomed. The eligibility of such
    qualifications can be checked with the Admissions Tutor before making a formal UCAS application.
    GCSE achievements are also considered, as are the references provided.

    The undergraduate courses in chemical engineering are intended for able students who are selected
    on the basis of academic ability as well as motivation. The former will normally be judged by
    performance in examinations, while the latter will be assessed at an interview which all applicants
    attend if they live within reasonable travelling distance, or if they can meet one of our staff overseas.

    For students following the International Baccalaureate, all applications that meet the minimum grade requirement of 39 points overall will be considered. This should include:

    • 7 in Mathematics at higher level
    • 6 in Chemistry at higher level
    • 6 in Physics, Biology or Economics at higher level

    Actual offers may vary and the majority of offers typically require an overall score of 41 points overall, to include:

    • 7 in Mathematics at higher level
    • 7 or 6 in Chemistry at higher level
    • 7 or 6 in Physics, Biology or Economics at higher level

    We also welcome applications from candidates attending Baccalaureate (International, European and French), Scottish Advanced Highers or Irish Leaving Certificate qualifications.

    Applicants for courses requiring BMAT scores as part of the assessment for entry need to have registered for this test no later than 15 October 2014

    Overseas candidates will be considered for admission if they have, or expect to gain, the necessary qualifications. Most organisations providing secondary level education are familiar with the UCAS system and are able to provide the relevant support. Please note that, due to the operation of imposed quotas, there are a limited number of places offered each year to full cost overseas students of the School of Medicine.

    All candidates must have sufficient command of both written and spoken English to follow their course of study and should have a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level, or make provision to take an acceptable English test prior to registering with the College.

    Where necessary you should make provision to take an acceptable English test so that the results are available by 22 July 2015. Applicants who are awaiting results of English tests will not have their places confirmed unless proof of a pass at the required level has been provided.

    Applicants requiring ATAS clearance as a condition of offer are required to obtain this by 22 July 2015.

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