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Course overview

Chemical engineers take science out of the laboratory and into the real world. They turn raw materials into useful products through changing their properties or changing how their properties interact with each other. By joining Teesside University’s chemical engineering degree you will be on a path to full registration as a chartered engineer with one of the highest earning potentials amongst the engineering professions.

The North East is a major centre for process industries and this degree programme takes full advantage of the University's location by providing you with significant practical elements and opportunity to engage with industry. You may also benefit from a placement or professional mentorship with one of the companies in the region, or further afield. This is a real bonus, giving you experience of finding practical solutions to real industrial problems, and enhancing your employability prospects. Chemical engineers can be involved in a hugely diverse range of work, from oil and gas extraction to designing and building cleaner nuclear power plants.

Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree This degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

This accredited degree will provide you with the MEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills that fully meet the academic requirement for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

 
 

Course details

Years 1 and 2 comprise the same modules as the BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering. Year 3 includes many of the same core modules as the BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering degree, with a major project focusing on complex chemical engineering design. In the final year of the MEng you study highly specialist modules at master’s level, with options such as petroleum technology, process control and management. Through your individual research project you also have the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research being performed by our academic staff, or to work with our industrial partners on a variety of active projects.

In the first year, you study engineering mathematics and fundamental sciences which form the basis for the rest of the programme. In the second year you learn the principles of chemical and process engineering operations and in your third year you draw together the skills acquired in the first two years to produce an overall plant design and expand the knowledge into an advanced area of processing. In your final year, you build on the understanding of core chemical engineering, but are also allowed to choose options which broaden and deepen your knowledge. In this year a high level of autonomy is expected, in particular for the project work.

In addition, the programme develops your skills set and attributes that will prepare you for the real world of work. You undertake a series of intensive real-life group projects to enhance your engineering knowledge and skills, and also your employability enhancing skills such as integrity, communication, team working and leadership skills, all highly regarded by employers.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

You gain a fundamental knowledge of fluid flow through pipe-work systems and the associated design tasks. You are introduced to the techniques used to predict the behaviour of fluids in Chemical Engineering applications and investigate the differences between Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids.

Mass and Energy Balances

Practical Skills for Chemical Engineers

You work in a team in order to solve a process industry based problem. It gives you an understanding of your own knowledge and limitations and the importance of working with other people to solve a chemical engineering based problem. You gain a fundamental understanding of the operation of the chemical industry with respect to commercial project delivery; health and safety and ethical considerations.

Science for Chemical Engineers

This module introduces a range of key concepts in chemistry which provide a basis for understanding subsequent study in areas including analysing, synthesising and identifying compounds, and industrial production.

You learn about the nature of matter and why different substances behave the way they do. Understanding the properties of a substance is essential whether you’re designing a plant to manufacture it on a multi-tonne scale or working out how to alter its structure to improve its properties, for example as a drug or construction material. You also learn how the fundamental principles of chemical equilibrium, energetics and reaction rate are developed, and come to understand the prediction of reaction behaviour when process conditions are changed.

Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers

 

Year 2 core modules

Applied Mathematical Methods

Chemical Process Design

This module provides you with the opportunity to solve industrially relevant process design problems as part of a team. You develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support problem solving in a technical context.

Control and Simulation

You learn about the importance of control systems in industrial production processes, and describe fundamental concepts of linear control including feedback, Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control, system dynamic response and controller tuning.

Mathematical modeling of systems based upon rate and balance equations are demonstrated, together with methods of designing feedback controllers. You use computer software to develop models of typical industrial systems and simulate their dynamic response under stated conditions.

Practical and Professional Skills

This module allows you to carry out appropriate experiments in support of mass transfer, heat transfer, reaction engineering and process control. This involves carrying out supervised experiments and producing appropriate reports in an approved format. You make some formal presentations to outline efficient laboratory reporting, error analysis techniques and preparation of risk assessments.

Process Operations

In most production units, chemical engineers separate the desired product from the other compounds and concentrate it to give the desired product specification.
You gain a sound understanding of mass transfer theory. You learn about mass and energy conservation and particle technology and the basic concepts behind the design and operation of mass-transfer equipment.

Reactors and Bioreactors

The core of most chemical processes is a chemical reactor to produce the desired product. Sometimes the components of the reaction may be biologically active.
You gain a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of reaction engineering in chemical and biochemical systems. You make use of the essential knowledge of mass and energy conservation, reaction equilibria and kinetics and are introduced to the basic concepts behind the design of different types of chemical and biochemical reactors.

 

Year 3 core modules

Advanced Process Operations

You broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding of process unit operations and the underpinning science. It provides you with design methodologies for complex unit operations involving multicomponent distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, gas absorption, membrane processes and chromatography. You gain an in-depth understanding of the application of thermodynamics to mixtures.

Chemical Engineering in Industry

Environment and Sustainability

A group work project-approach addresses the impact of industrial and human activities on the environment and the need for a sustainable approach to future developments. You specifically consider sustainable remediation strategies for air, water and land pollution and alternative fuel and energy technologies towards zero carbon emission.

This module addresses key concepts and skills essential for an exploration of environment and sustainability. It also instils a broad and deep understanding of environmental problems. You are assessed by a group poster presentation (40%) and an academic paper (60%). Individual marks for this piece of group work are moderated according to evidence of your engagement with the process, including self and peer assessment.

Integrated Masters Chemical Engineering Project

Reactors and Catalysis

You develop your understanding of reaction engineering and apply your knowledge to complex and multi-phase reactions/reactors systems. You are also introduced to catalyst preparation and characterisation, and the use of catalysis in reaction engineering.

 

Final-year core modules

Enterprising Leadership and Project Management

Enterprise is about spotting opportunities, creating new ideas and having the confidence and capabilities to turn these ideas into working realities. Entrepreneurship is about using enterprise to create new business and new businesses.

This module covers a range of topics related to enterprise, entrepreneurship and the development of an inspirational leader. The skills and knowledge needed to set up and operate an engineering business will be covered. You will review their current approach to leadership, developed in earlier modules and explore your own unique leadership style. You will obtain feedback on your leadership profile from your peers and discover new capabilities. They will clarify your own sense of purpose and learn practises for sustaining yourself, your teams and your organisations.

Lectures and seminars will provide core material and explore case studies. You will work in small facilitated groups during the seminar sessions where you will examine case studies in detail and develop business plans.

Integrated Masters Research Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Plant and Process Monitoring

The process industries typically record a large amount of process data via their Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Appropriate analysis of this data allows for better production quality, early fault detection and ultimately better safety checks. You study the appropriate system identification techniques to model processes on the basis of this data. You look at Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques that enable critical analysis of data in order to make informed judgement in the running of continuous and batch processes. You explore the use of the industry standard Six Sigma technique to improve process plant operation.

 

and two optional modules

Advanced Drilling Engineering and Well Completion

Advanced Fluid Dynamics

This module covers incompressible and compressible aerodynamics applicable to flight of subsonic and supersonic aircraft, and introduces hypersonic flow applicable to re-entry vehicles.
The content of this module includes a revision of the fundamental fluid flow and thermodynamic governing equations, subsonic and supersonic around wings, flow through nozzles and diffusers, oblique shock waves and expansion waves, fundamentals of boundary layers, convective heat transfer, viscous high temperature flows, and experimental methods for hypersonic flows.
The module content will be delivered through the use of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, problem solving tutorials and IT laboratory sessions providing an opportunity to explore complex flows through the use of CFD codes.
Assessment will comprise of a laboratory report compiled from practical laboratory investigations and an end exam.

Hydrocarbon Production Engineering

This module provides you with a detailed understanding of hydrocarbon production operations. You study oil and gas production systems including wells, pipelines, separators and chokes. You look at the inflow performance relationships for oil and gas wells, and well performance analysis. You also cover the artificial lift system including electric submersible pumps, hydraulic pumps and gas lift. You learn about surface production facilities and operations used in crude oil treatment and natural gas reconditioning such as sweetening and dehydration. This module is delivered through lectures and tutorial sessions. You are assessed by an in-course assessment (30%) and exam (70%).

Identification and Model Predictive Control

You develop the methods and techniques associated with system identification. You learn how these techniques can be used in the formulation of adaptive and model based control schemes. You consider the practical implementation of these control schemes.

Petroleum Chemistry

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering

You study the key concepts of reservoir engineering, including reservoir properties, single and multiple-phase fluid flow through porous media. You have an introduction to various reservoir rock types including carbonate and sandstone rocks, outlining the geological aspects of hydrocarbon reservoirs. You also discuss formation evaluation based on well-testing and well-logging interpretations.

Process Improvement and Optimisation

Although the chemical industry has evolved within the last decade, there is still demand and ongoing need for process improvement and optimisation, to align technology to market needs by producing “lean and mean” designs.

This module provides you with a sound understanding of the complex concepts of process improvement and a working knowledge of the sophisticated optimisation techniques that are applied to the design and control of chemical engineering processes.

Based on a thorough technical analysis of the chemical process, quality improvement measures are proposed to optimise the reaction and operation conditions. You examine the use of catalysts with high activity and selectivity, along with advanced flow reactors, while designing a new technology or re-designing an existing one. You are introduced to standard optimisation techniques and you learn to identify the most beneficial applications.

Supply Chain Management

This module investigates a range of applied Quality Management techniques and has been designed to enable students to develop the skills necessary to apply these techniques to their own work environment. This module also examines the appropriate statistical techniques in Quality Control, Auditing, Supply Chain Management and a range of Accreditation Schemes including BRC, EFSIS, ISO, UKAS and Industry Standards. In course assessment (ICA) is via a 5000 words written piece of work, with a weighting of 100%.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You are expected to attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions. Some of your learning is based around case studies, following visits to local industries. A theme of process design through group work runs throughout the programme.

The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations) but you are also expected to spend time on your own - self-study time - to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

One module in each of the first and second years of your study involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your course includes a range of assessments including coursework assignments, project reports and formal examinations.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS tariff points: 112-128 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics. The preferred second subject is chemistry, but alternatives can be considered.

If you have not studied chemistry at Level 3, then we provide additional non-credit bearing chemistry tutorials during your first year on the degree to help you learn the key chemistry topics you will need. We also offer free study of foundation chemistry as part of our Summer University programme. You can study one of more subjects as part of Summer University over a six week period after you complete your current Level 3 qualification.

Typical mandatory subject grades include:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A-Levels including grade B in mathematics

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate discipline including Distinction in further mathematics

Access to HE Diploma in Engineering
Merit in at least 24 Level 3 credits including mathematics

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade C in higher level mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade A (H1 if awarded after 2016) in mathematics

International Baccalaureate
Award of IB including 5 in higher level mathematics

If the qualification for which you are studying isn’t listed, please contact our admissions team for advice on eligibility.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

English language and maths requirement
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. Typically, GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4, or passes in Level 2 Functional Skills.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree routes
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our BEng (Hons) degree courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Chemical engineers are employed worldwide in activities including research and development, design and plant operation. They are involved in a wide range of sectors including utilities, construction, defence, chemicals, oil and pharmaceuticals. Our recent graduates are employed at a range of chemical engineering destinations such as BOC, Jacobs, Cummins and EDF.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

The final year is discounted from £9,250 to £6,500

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

The final year is £12,045

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H810 MEng/CE
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 112-128 tariff points

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Part-time

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