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BEng in Chemical Engineering (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Chemical Engineering

Course Description

Chemical engineers contribute to society by helping to manage resources, protecting the environment and controlling health and safety procedures.

If you have an aptitude and fascination for how the physical world works, are interested in how chemical reactions and the physical properties of matter can be harnessed to create world-changing technologies, and want to contribute positively to making the life of the human race better, then you should consider Chemical Engineering.

Ranked in the Ten best UK universities to study engineering (The Telegraph, 2018)

Our BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering degrees deliver the learning outcomes required of any general chemical engineering degree programme giving our graduates the opportunity to find employment across the broad spectrum of Chemical Engineering employers. Our location in Aberdeen, the energy capital of Europe, and our engagement with local industry means that our students have the opportunity to engage with the local upstream oil and gas industry from the moment they embark on their studies.

The University has embarked on a major programme of refurbishing and upgrading the facilities. This has seen the addition of a new dedicated chemical engineering teaching laboratory and the development of state-of-the-art computing & learning spaces within the School of Engineering.

Chemical engineering is concerned with manipulating the chemical, biochemical or physical state of substances in order to convert raw materials into products in a safe and cost-effective manner. For example, petrol, plastics and the synthetic fibres which make up much of our clothing are all derived from oil which is extracted from the ground as a mixture of oil, water and gas.

Chemical engineers contribute to society by helping to manage resources, protecting the environment and controlling health and safety procedures. If you have an aptitude and fascination for how the physical world works, are interested in how chemical reactions and the physical properties of matter can be harnessed to create world-changing technologies, and want to contribute...

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Course Content

The first two years cover general Engineering, with elements of Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical/Electronics, as well as Civil. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year.

It is possible to move between MEng and BEng and this can be accomplished at any point until the second half session of fourth year. Successful BEng candidates will be offered the chance to change to the MEng and there is no quota, meaning that if grade requirements are met that transfer is guaranteed.

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Principles of Electronics (EG1008) - 15 Credit Points

Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (EG1012) - 15 Credit Points

CAD and Communication in Engineering Practice (EG1010) - 15 Credit Points

Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (EG1510) - 15 Credit Points

Engineering Mathematics 1 (EG1504) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2 (CM1513) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Topics covered can include Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Chemistry, Transport Processes, Fluids and Thermodynamics, Solids and Structures, Electronic Systems, Geology, Electrical and Mechanical Systems and Design & Computing.

Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (EG2004) - 15 Credit Points

Design and Computing in Engineering Practice (EG2501) - 15 Credit Points

Process Engineering (EG2011) - 15 Credit Points

Organic and Biological Chemistry (CM2514) - 15 Credit Points

Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics (CM2015) - 15 Credit Points

Engineering Mathematics 2 (EG2012) - 15 Credit Points

Electrical and Mechanical Systems (EG2503) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice

  • Year 3

In year 3, you have the opportunity to study from a range of courses leading to specialisation in your chosen discipline. This is also the point at which a final decision between MEng and BEng must be made.

Compulsory Courses

Engineering Analysis and Methods 1 (EG3007) - 15 Credit Points

Fluid Mechanics (EM3019) - 15 Credit Points

Chemical Thermodynamics (EX3029) - 15 Credit Points

Heat, Mass & Momentum Transfer (EX3030) - 15 Credit Points

Chemical Reaction Engineering (EX3501) - 15 Credit Points

Separation Processes 1 (EX3502) - 15 Credit Points

Chemical Engineering Design (EX3503) - 10 Credit Points

Process Modelling (EX3504) - 10 Credit Points

Project and Safety Management (EG3599) - 10 Credit Points

  • Year 4

The major feature is the individual project in the area of your specialisation. The project occupies half of your study time and can be undertaken in Aberdeen or abroad. The opportunity exists to study a European language to support this study.

Compulsory Courses

NOTE: For the award of an accredited degree, a pass in EG 4578 Group Design Project (BEng) is required and may not be compensated by compensatory credit.

BEng Individual Project (EG4014) - 30 Credit Points

Biochemical Engineering (EX4016) - 10 Credit Points

Process Safety (EX402A) - 10 Credit Points

Process Control (EX40HC) - 10 Credit Points

Separation Processes 2 (EX4530) - 15 Credit Points

Group Design Project (BEng) (EG4578) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice

The first two years cover general Engineering, with elements of Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical/Electronics, as well as Civil. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year. It is possible to move between MEng and BEng and this can be...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: ABBB (Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science required*)
Applicants who achieve the Standard entry requirements over S4 and S5 will be made either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission.

Minimum: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics and Physics*)
Applicants who achieve our Minimum entry requirements over S4 and S5 are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers maybe required in order to receive an offer of admission.

Adjusted: BB (Good performance required in Mathematics*)
Applicants who meet one or more of our Widening Participation criteria and who achieve good performance in Maths and one other subject may be made an adjusted offer of entry. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers maybe required in order to receive an offer of admission.

* These subjects can be either held at the time of application or be achieved during the appropriate admissions cycle.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics, plus at least one from Physics, Design & Technology, Engineering or Chemistry). Applicants who are predicted to achieve the Standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may be made an offer of admission.

Minimum: BBC (Good performance required in Mathematics, plus at least one from Physics, Design & Technology, Engineering or Chemistry). Applicants who are predicted to achieve the Minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered.

Adjusted: BB (Good performance required in Mathematics)
Applicants who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria and who are predicted to achieve a good performance in Mathematics and one other subject may be made an Adjusted offer of entry.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

FOR CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES

Please note: for entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: ABBB (Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science required*) Applicants who achieve the Standard entry requirements over S4 and S5 will be made either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission. Minimum: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics and Physics*)

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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