Your typical week

We want you to have the maximum amount of information possible about what life in the School is like, so you can decide whether Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at Manchester is right for you.


Take a look below at a range of weekly activities that you might be involved in as a student of the School.



Most days students will begin lectures at 9 or 10am. A lecture will last around 50 minutes and students will attend typically 10 lectures a week on core chemical engineering topics. This chemical engineering core provides a backbone to our undergraduate courses during Years 1 and 2, and so between 200 and 280 students attend each lecture.



Through your regular laboratory sessions in years one and two, you will put into practice knowledge acquired during lectures on small-scale and - in later years – large-scale experimental equipment.



"Problem-" or "Enquiry-Based Learning" allows you to put into practice basic fundamentals you will have been introduced to in lectures. Working in small groups, you will solve a range of design and engineering problems: reflective of industrial practice.

Group Work


As a chemical engineering student, a significant amount of your study time will be spent in group-work activity. You will develop your team-working skills throughout Years 1 and 2 in problem based learning sessions, and apply them further during the design project in year 3: working closely with your group to design innovations on new or existing processes.

Academic Advisor Tutorials


In Welcome Week you will be assigned a Personal Tutor / Academic Advisor. This person will help guide you through your career at Manchester, and will be a contact point for advice on academic and pastoral issues. In Year 1 you will be encouraged to meet weekly with your Tutor.



Year 1 students have a weekly Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS). Each group is mentored by two or three trained year 2 chemical engineering students. The PASS scheme gives you a chance to get to know people on your course and to discuss with your leaders any problems that you might be having. PASS has proved to be incredibly beneficial for both the students who are being supported, as well as for the year 2 PASS leaders. PASS gives year 1 students an opportunity to become independent in their learning, while the PASS leaders gain from their contribution by building their confidence and applying the expertise they have gained during their studies.



From day 1, the Chemical Engineering Society (ChemEngSoc) student representatives will encourage you to join in their range of activities, which include sports (e.g. football, netball, rugby), visiting industrial sites and local attractions, as well as regular social events. These culminate in early May in the annual Chemical Engineering Ball – attended by over 250 students, staff and industrial sponsors.
See also: Student life | Student societies and clubs

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