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University College London Chemical Engineering

University College London Chemical Engineering

Engineering (Chemical) BEng

This broad-based, multidisciplinary programme provides flexible training and a unique opportunity to follow the widest possible range of careers, from design, construction and installation of processes, plants and equipment to manufacturing and marketing of products, and from research and development to administration and management of people and resources.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury
IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Accredited (See Degree benefits)
Applications per place
7 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
140 (2018 entry)*

* Figures relate to Chemical Engineering subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Mathematics and Chemistry required. Another science preferred as third subject, but not essential.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at:

IB Diploma

A total of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects to include Mathematics and Chemistry, with no score lower than 5. Another science at higher level preferred, but not essential.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL’s Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the best in the country. You will be taught by lecturers recognised as international leaders in their field.
  • The department offers an impressive national and international network of industrial contacts and has strong collaborative links with other university departments in the UK and abroad.
  • All of our programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
  • The degree is part of an integrated programme across engineering providing opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines. There is also the flexibility to choose the fine details of your individual degree options gradually as you progress through the programme.


This degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemical Engineering.

  • 90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The two Chemical Engineering programmes at UCL, BEng and MEng, follow a common curriculum for the first two years and a final decision between the different routes can be delayed until the end of the second year when you will have greater experience on which to base your choice. Applicants do not need to apply for more than one programme; all applicants to all programmes are treated equally. Suitably qualified BEng candidates can change to MEng at the end of year two.

In year three you will undertake a compulsory design project, carried out in small teams. Each team designs a complete process plant, including detailed unit design (of, for example, a reactor or a distillation or absorption column), environmental impact, safety and risk assessment, process control and costing.

If you choose the BEng degree, you will complete your studies at the end of the third year. Please note that you will need to complete a period of further training before being granted Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

We are committed to, and encourage you to take, a formal industrial training (sandwich) year during your degree programme. This is usually during the year before your final study year, and provides invaluable experience.

This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of engineering problems. Students register for a core discipline, but also engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Computational Modelling & Analysis
Design & Professional Skills I
Integrated Engineering
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Mathematical Modelling & Analysis I
Physical Chemistry
Transport Phenomena

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Your learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, interactive tutorials and computer workshops supplemented by coursework and laboratory training, and through our innovative and award-winning scenario-based learning. For problem-solving and design classes you will be using leading-edge computer software. Our programmes offer regular opportunities for students to put their learning into practice.


Undergraduate students are encouraged to take an extramural year (EMY) in industry during their degree as it will significantly improve your employment prospects on graduation. This option is taken in the penultimate year of study, between the second and third years.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework during term time, usually contributing 20-50% of the module mark, and final examinations in the third term, except for a few modules which are assessed on the basis of project or coursework alone.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Chemical) BEng.


Our core programme is designed to develop transferable management, business, professional and personal skills, and the diverse curriculum and training will equip you to be highly employable in the process industries as well as other economic sectors such as management consulting, banking, finance and accountancy.

You will have many employment opportunities in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, oil and gas production, contract engineering and manufacturing. You will also be well prepared to consider further study at postgraduate or doctoral level at UCL or elsewhere.

There are excellent opportunities and careers prospects for graduate chemical engineers, both within the UK and overseas. The rewards open to you are attractive – the average income of a chemical engineer, according to the IChemE, is consistently higher than that of graduates in other engineering disciplines.


First career destinations of recent Chemical Engineering BEng graduates (2013-2015) include:

  • Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco
  • Finance Analyst, J.P. Morgan
  • Assistant Project Manager, Thermo Fisher
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at University of Cambridge
  • Full-time student, MSc in Finance and Private Equity, LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

Data taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 – see below)
Overseas students
£23,710 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL’s fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

In addition to academic entry requirements, we are looking for evidence of your commitment to and enthusiasm for studying chemical engineering.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018


The department does not interview candidates. Wherever possible, offer holders  based in the UK are invited to visit the department. The visit provides an excellent opportunity to see the department and its facilities.

The department is happy to defer your entry for one year, provided that you have made definite plans for the year, such as working in a relevant field to gain experience or broadening your horizons through travel. The department also supports the Year in Industry scheme: this places students in industrial jobs relevant to their chosen degree in the year before they enter university.

In accordance with UCL’s global ethos, the department is delighted to welcome students who apply from overseas. International students currently account for around 50% of our undergraduates.

For further information on UCL’s selection process see: Selection of students.

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