Choosing the right course

With the huge variety available, how do you choose the best chemical or biochemical engineering degree course for you?

There is no easy answer to this question, other than to research the range of options available and choose the one with which you are most comfortable.

Here are some factors to consider:

Accreditation

You should ensure that the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) accredits the course you choose. Only accredited degrees will count towards gaining Chartered status as an engineer.

Industrial Experience

Do you wish to take a period of industrial experience as part of your degree programme? Things to consider are the length of placement desired (eg summer vacation, 6 months, or a year), at what stage you wish to take this in the course, and whether the university will assist you in finding a placement.

Optional modules

Do you wish to take a foreign language whilst at university, or to take management or an engineering specialism along with your chemical engineering programme?

Ability to switch between degrees

Does the university allow transfers between degree programmes?

Size

Is the department large or small?

Small departments may offer a more intimate learning environment where all students are known by staff, whereas large departments may be able to offer a wider choice of modules.

Location

Do you wish to live in a town or a city? Are you keen to be near to industry or to have a more rural location for study? It is best to visit some universities to get a feel for which location will allow you to feel at home.

Accommodation

  • Does the university guarantee accommodation?
  • What standard of accommodation is offered and what does is cost?
  • Is it close to where you study, shops or where social events take place?
  • Are there good transport links?