Chemical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A levels (2020 entry)
    ABB-BBC to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC*
    DDM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B. *See below for more details
  • International Baccalaureate
    32 overall points with 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and Maths at Higher Level.
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above
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Why I Chose Aston - Madeleine, MEng Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Madeleine talks about studying for the MEng Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at Aston University, what she did for her placement year, and how a year in industry helped her to begin her career.

Chemistry at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)

Students on this course reported 100% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018)

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer.

Ranked 14th in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2019)

Course summary

Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering and consultancy positions with companies including Procter and Gamble, BP, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BT. 

Entry Requirements & Fees for 2020

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


UCAS Code: H804


Please note:


GCSE requirements: Maths and English Grade C/4


All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.


Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of BBC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.


Information 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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.


Tuition fees:


£9,250 (£4,625 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2020/21)                            
£19,400* for Outside EU students (2020/21)
Placement Year: £4,625 for International Students

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More on fees


Applicants receiving offers are invited to an applicant visit day.


Typical offer level 


A Levels

ABB to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B 
BBB to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at Grade B)
BBC to include Chemistry and Maths at minimum Grade B (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants) 



Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.

National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.

Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.

National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M, plus 2 A-levels in Chemistry and Mathematics at minimum Grade B.

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted



32 overall points and above with 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and Maths at Grade 5.


Access to Higher Education

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at Level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry.


Non-standard qualifications




Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.


Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.


Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 


The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course Outline & Modules

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 (Hons) 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

  • Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
  • Sustainability, Design and Build 
  • Process and Product Design 
  • Introduction to Transfer Processes
  • Physical Chemistry for Engineers
  • Chemistry for Engineers 
  • Professional Skills for Engineers 
  • Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Process Design 
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Mass Transfer
  • Separation Processes in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Process Simulation and Control
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Reaction Engineering 
  • Introduction to Business Management 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Year 3/4

Core Modules

  • Advanced Process Design 
  • Process Safety and Sustainability
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering 
  • Advanced Separation Processes 

Optional Modules (choose 2)

  • Advances in Biomaterials Science 
  • Renewable Technologies
  • Process Computation
  • Upstream Bioprocess Technology
  • Environmental Chemistry I

Final Year 

Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Mass Transfer 
  • Project Management 

Optional Modules (choose 3)

  • Advanced Process Simulation and Control
  • Industrial Catalysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for Chemical Engineering Design 
  • Downstream Processing for Biotechnology Products 
  • Advanced Renewable Technologies 
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Advanced Particle Technologies 

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.

Placement Year

Our excellent links with the chemical industry allow you to test and expand your knowledge, skills and understanding with a paid twelve month professional placement. It provides integrated industrial and professional training, often in a position of responsibility, in areas such as the design, development, commissioning or operation of a chemical plant. We will help arrange your placement for you or in conjunction with your sponsoring company. Opportunities for you to visit companies, undertake commercial project work and compete for sponsorships and prizes are also provided.Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M. Aston placement students also qualify for our £1,000 placement allowance for that year.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer. CEng status is an internationally recognised and respected mark of competence and shows commitment to the chemical engineering profession.

Career prospects

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy.

Our graduates have a strong record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor to the global chemical industry. Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering/consultancy positions with companies including: Procter and Gamble, Stone and Webster, BP, ExxonMobil, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever, AMEC, British Energy, Kappa, Mowlem, BT, Corus and Pfizer.

Further information about careers and salaries for graduate chemical engineers can be found at:

Personal development

During your studies you will be involved in individual and group project work. This is designed to develop individual skills as an engineer as well as communication, both written and verbal, organisational and leadership skills needed to work effectively after graduation. The course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial aspects of chemical engineering and you will take a number of management-related modules.

Facilities & equipment

Our modern, purpose-designed labs and teaching facilities include excellent IT facilities and a well-equipped pilot plant area. Tailored computing courses and self-tuition packages ensure the development of IT and word processing skills required by the modern chemical engineer or chemist. All computer workstations are linked by the university intranet and have Internet access.

Contact us

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

How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?

The lecturers and supervisors in Chemical Engineering are really enthusiastic about what they are teaching, which makes lectures engaging and interesting. They always make time available for you to go and see them if you have any questions. My design supervisor in third year was so supportive and encouraging which really pushed me to do my best.

Grace Cunningham
Graduate Projects Engineer, Tarmac

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