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BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Course Overview

Chemical engineering is at the forefront of the quest to produce clean energy and satisfy human needs in areas such as health, food, energy and materials, in an environmentally-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible manner. Professionally accredited and with paid placement opportunities, this course will give you excellent job prospects, real responsibility and the potential to create a sustainable planet.

Combining academic study, hands-on experience and group projects you will develop the essential skills required by industry. You’ll study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; gain practical experience through lab work; and use world-class process simulation tools such as Aspen Suite and Ansys Fluent. IT software is tailored to engineering students and includes MathCad, Polymath, AutoCAD and Microsoft Productivity Suite.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of the West of Scotland

    Professional recognition

    The Institution of Chemical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6 / SCQF Level 10)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    4 years or 5 years with industrial placement

    Tuition fees

    £11,000 per year (Scholarship available)



    Work placement


    Course location

    Paisley, Scotland

Academic entry requirements

• BBC inc Maths & 1 science (preferably Chemistry), + GCSE Chemistry; OR

• International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; OR

• SQA HNC: Chemical Engineering

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. UWS will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

Assessment methods

Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, laboratory investigations and examinations. You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.

Progression route

Further academic study of MEng or other engineering degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gained employment with companies including GlaxoSmithKline; Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; and Procter and Gamble.


Year 1

Studies include engineering fundamentals, mathematics and chemistry.

Year 2

Focuses on core chemical engineering topics in addition to mathematics and chemistry.

Year 3

Core studies include process design, transport processes, engineering thermodynamics, process safety and control and project management.


Industrial placement - Optional

One year’s paid placement as a supervised, junior chemical engineer can be taken. Placements are competitive and can be in any branch of the chemical/process industry, in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, British Nuclear Fuels, Doosan Babcock, Diageo and Sellafield Ltd.


Year 4

Study includes separation processes, chemical reactor design, thermal systems design and integration, process safety and control and some economic aspects of the process industry. You will undertake a chemical engineering design study.