Aston University Chemical Engineering

Aston University

Aston University Chemical Engineering

The products in the world we use everyday require the skill of a chemical engineer.  You will be trained to ensure the safe and profitable production of the chemicals and materials required to create products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems.
Chemical engineers are very much at the forefront of working to improve the quality of our lives.  Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities.  As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

Subject guide & modules

The MEng in Chemical Engineering is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this you share a common first year with chemists. In later years you go on to specialise at a more advanced level in the core engineering topics. The MEng builds on the BEng course, but is an extended, broader-based qualification requiring four years of academic study, as well as an optional industrial placement year. The course is enhanced by additional subjects including process synthesis, advanced management, bioenergy, and a major research project.

The MEng is a challenging and demanding course of study which will enable you to progress more readily after graduation to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, which will in turn enable you to aim for the highest levels in industry.

Years 1

Core Modules

  • Chemical Engineering Mathematics (CE11EM)
  • Design and Build (CE1002)
  • Process and Product Design (CE1004)
  • Introduction to Transfer Processes (CE1009)
  • Health, Safety and the Environment (CE1007)
  • Physical Chemistry for Engineers (CE1103)
  • States of Matter (CH1105)
  • Chemistry for Engineers (CE1012)
  • Professional Skills for Chemical Engineers (CE1011)

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Process Design (CE2002)
  • Transfer Processes (CE2004)
  • Process Control and Instrumentation (CE2009)
  • Separation Processes (CE2103)
  • Process Simulation (CE2105)
  • Reaction Kinetics (CE2106)
  • Introduction to Particle Processing (CE2111)
  • Engineering Materials (ME2019)
  • Energy Supply (ME2042)

Optional Modules

  • Catalytic Process Technologies (CE2112)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)

Year 3 – Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)


Year 3/4

Core Modules

  • Process Economics and Loss Prevention (CE3001)
  • Advanced Process Design (CE3003)
  • Sustainability Project (CE3012)
  • Particle Processing (CE3013)
  • Reaction Engineering (CE3102)
  • Process and Pollution Control (CE3104)
  • Advanced Seperation Processes (CE3105)
  • Advanced Transfer Processes (CE3106)
  • Process Computation (CE3021)

Optional Modules

  • Nanomaterials (CE3112)
  • Catalysis (CE3010)
  • Energy Effieciency (ME3023)
  • Advances in Biomaterials Science (CH3102)

Final Year

Core Modules

  • Research Project (CE4011)
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering (CE4014)
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Processes (CE4020)
  • Advanced Process Simulation (CE4023)

Optional Modules

  • Project Management (EM4003)
  • Management of Change (EM4005)
  • Waste Management in the Nuclear Industry (CE4021)
  • Computational Dynamics for Chemical Engineering Design (CE4024)
  • Advanced Process Control (CE4029)
  • Advanced Particle Technologies (CE4028)

In your final year you will undertake a major research project and a sustainability project to gain your MEng status. Additional modules include Advanced Reaction Engineering, Energy and Chemicals from Biomass and a variety of advanced management and professional skills modules.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.


  • Entry Requirements

4 years full-time / 5 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: H804

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: Considered only along side A Level Chemistry and Maths (A-level Use of Mathematics is not accepted)
IB: 34 points (including minimum Grade 6 in Maths and Chemistry at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Chemistry and Maths
GCSE: Maths Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted
More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2017/18)
£17,200 for Outside EU students (2017/18)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Student

  • Contact us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400