Chemical Engineering (4 Years) [MEng]

Chemical Engineering concerns the science, technology, design and management involved in making the materials and products needed by our society.


You study a range of core materials incorporating the fundamentals of chemical engineering as well as the supporting mathematics and science.

The technical aspects revolve around the understanding of the behaviour of materials and chemical reactions - this means predicting and manipulating compositions, flows, temperatures and pressures of solids, liquids and gases.

You learn how to formulate chemical, physical and biological processes using mathematical equations as well as gaining understanding of the equipment and design techniques used by industry for large-scale manufacturing and the safety issues surrounding the industry.

As well as the core chemical engineering units, you choose a specialist design project area which enables you to gain a deeper understanding of fundamental chemical engineering areas.

In your final year advanced engineering units are available in order for you to specialise in specific industry related areas, and you also have the opportunity of researching a specialist area within chemical engineering

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
  • You will cover the core topics including physical and organic chemistry, engineering maths, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and information technology. Case studies, project work and laboratories develop additional materials on process design and economics, reaction engineering and environmental issues.

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  • Course units will explore design of separation processes, reaction engineering, materials science, biochemistry, 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 process safety, chemical process design, sustainable development of chemical processes, mechanical design and advanced reaction engineering.  A design project explores the interaction of the fundamental aspects of chemical engineering in a large scale chemical process, with an emphasis on sustainability, control, safety, and economics.

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  • In your final year of study you have the opportunity of selecting the units which you would like to specialise. These include chemical process utility systems and sustainable/renewable energy systems, water systems design, crystallization, membrane processes, and aspects of porous media. You will also select a research topic which provides additional specialisms.

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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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