Chemical Engineering (4 Years) [MEng]

This Honours course enables you to become an expert in pure chemical engineering and learn about the subject in more detail than the three year BEng course. The first two years of this course follow the common course of chemical engineering units before allowing you to tailor your studies to meet your own academic interests in year 4.

You will study a range of core materials that incorporate the fundamentals of chemical engineering, as well as mathematics and science. Technical aspects will revolve around managing the behaviour of materials and chemical reaction.

Year 3 during semester one you will cover subjects such as process synthesis, advanced engineering, catalytic reaction, advanced engineering maths. In semester two you will complete your design project.

This flexible programme allows you to tailor the course to suit your own academic interests in the final year, allowing you to choose from subjects such as sustainable development and industry, nuclear fuel cycles, molecular modelling, flow & transport, utility systems. You will also complete a detailed project in year 4 which will allow you to apply your specialist knowledge to a research setting. 

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
  • During year 1 you will cover the core topics including engineering chemistry, engineering maths, thermodynamics, transport phenomena and engineering computation. Case studies, project work and laboratories develop additional materials on process design and economics, reaction engineering and environmental issues.

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  • Moving into year 2, course units will explore design of separation, design and simulation processes, reaction engineering, biotechnology, advanced engineering maths, environmental science and technology. Case studies, project work and laboratories develop additional materials on process modelling, multiphase processing, process control and biochemical engineering.

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  • Topics in year 3 will include polymers, biotechnology, fine chemicals, risk analysis, advanced engineering separations, process dynamics and control. Case studies, project work and laboratories develop additional materials, including process synthesis, design and economics, process safety and sustainable development.

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  • During year 4 you will have the opportunity to specialise in subjects including sustainable development and industry, membrane and science technology, the nuclear fuel cycle, molecular modelling and interface and colloid science. You will also engage in an in-depth research dissertation project. Over the course of this project you will actively engage with research conducted within the school and put into practise the knowledge you have accumulated over the previous three years.

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Specialist subjects

Specialist subject areas on this course include interface and colloid science, sustainable development and industry, the nuclear fuel cycle, membrane and science technology, molecular modelling and simulation and computer aided process design, which are all studied in the final year of this course. 

Staff spotlight

Arthur Garforth 2013
Arthur Garforth
Head of Teaching

"Chemical Engineering at Manchester is a healthy mix of learning the core theory, developing your problem-solving skills and then putting the theory into practice."

Alumni spotlight

Alex Chatel
Alex Chatel
Chemical Engineering (4 Years) [MEng]

"I enjoy the freedom that I get in steering my research in a direction that I find most relevant and interesting."

Student spotlight

David Oakley
Chemical Engineering (4 Years) [MEng]

"Studying here has set me up to get a job the moment I graduate and made me all-round a more confident person."

Did you know?

The average graduate salary six months after completion of this course is £29,275.
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