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The award

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

This degree was created with industry in mind to bridge the knowledge gap between engineers and chemists.

This hybrid degree is for those who want to combine their interest in chemistry with knowledge of chemical engineering.

It provides a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and chemical engineering. It also gives you an appreciation of the expertise needed to transform small-scale laboratory practice into large-scale chemical operations used in industry.

This course will ensure you're well equipped to enter industry with the range of skills which employers are looking for.

Teaching and classes are divided equally between the Departments of Pure & Applied Chemistry and Chemical & Process Engineering. Both departments have strong industrial links and a history of teaching students specifically for the chemical industry.

The course involves extensive practical work that builds on the theory you'll learn in lectures. You'll also develop communication and teamwork skills with the ability to work safely.

What you'll study

Year 1

Classes in Chemistry, Mathematics and Chemical Engineering. Chemistry practical classes help you to master the basic preparative and analytical skills. You also choose an elective subject. 

Years 2 & 3

Fundamental Organic and Physical Chemistry plus supporting classes. Practical Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and Safety. Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer, Process Analysis and Statistics, plus Mathematics. You'll have a choice of electives from chemistry, engineering or the wider university prospectus. Laboratory work increases and your practical skills are enhanced with computer modelling and group exercises to develop presentation skills.

Year 4

Students undertake a Chemical Engineering Design research project, plus further Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry & Spectroscopy and Process Control & Environmental technology.

Year 5

You'll specialise in the areas and applications of chemistry and chemical engineering that interest you most. An Applied Chemistry research project will enable you to use your practical skills and knowledge to solve a new chemical challenge, working in one of our specialist research laboratories with full-time researchers on real chemistry challenges. ?


Our high-quality, bright and modern laboratories include a range of specialist equipment in both departments. You'll gain hands-on experience of state-of-the-art machinery used in industry and research.

High Flyer Programme

Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.

Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.

Student competitions

In recent years, our students have won:

  • Salters Graduate prize
  • Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year award
  • Carnegie Scholarship


Accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemical Engineer.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemist.

Key facts

  • UCAS code: FH18
  • Accreditation:Institution of Chemical Engineers, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • International study:study abroad opportunity in Year 3
  • High Flyer Programme:qualified applicants can complete course in four years

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £1,820 

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.


  • 2017/18 - £18,000?

Additional fees 

Applied Chemistry 

Course materials & costs

Lab coats and safety goggles:

  • approx £25

Chemical Engineering 

Course materials & costs 

Estimated cost for laboratory coat:

  • £10

Safety glasses:

  • £10 

Students are not charged for course notes. All course notes are uploaded to MyPlace. Printing facilities are also available.

Placements & field trips

Two field trips during the course of undergraduate degree programme

  • £3 student contribution 

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.


Year 1 entry: AAAB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics, English preferred as fourth subject)

Advanced Highers*

Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study

A Levels*?

Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics)

Typical entry requirements: AAA


Year 2 entry: 34 (Chemistry, Maths, Physics all at HL)


 Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit

 Year 2 entry: relevant HND, AAA in Graded Units

* Those with A Levels, Advanced Highers or IB HL in only two of the preferred subjects will be considered for Year 1 entry?

Additional information

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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