Chemical Engineering

University of Strathclyde


Chemical engineers create and develop the processes to produce, change or transport products and materials into the everyday products and utilities that we use.

Year 1: covers the basic principles of chemical engineering, fundamentals, techniques and tools, as well as maths and chemistry.

Year 2: introduces process analysis, statistics, fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, chemical principles, and safety; as well as exploring these concepts in the chemical engineering lab.

Year 3: topics covered include reactors, biochemical engineering, materials and processes, sustainability, economics, mass transfer, and separation processes; with deepening of concepts in lab work and the introduction of chemical engineering design.

Years 4: focuses on particle technology, advanced reactors, process control, environmental technology, advanced separations, and problem solving; students also undertake the chemical engineering design project.

Year 5: provides students with deeper learning in topics selected to develop their professional engineering knowledge and skill set - advanced topics include safety management, programming and optimisation, environmental engineering, advanced process analysis, project management, molecular simulation, clean combustion technologies, electrochemical energy devices, and petroleum engineering; students undertake their final semester project within industry or as a research placement.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
5 Highers at AAAAB including Maths at A and Chemistry and Physics plus English at National 5. Higher English preferred.

Widening access entry:
4 or 5 Highers at AABB or ABBBB including Maths, Chemistry and Physics plus English at National 5. Higher English preferred.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 years


Faculty of Engineering


Chemical and Process Engineering

SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy