University of Nottingham Malaysia
Department of
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
     
  

Frequently asked questions

Are the courses offered and the degree certificates from the Malaysia Campus the same as the University of Nottingham, UK?

The courses offered at the Malaysia Campus are undifferentiated from that offered at the UK campus in the sense that the learning outcomes are the same. The modules within the courses aim to achieve the same learning outcomes at all campuses although the teaching/learning materials might not necessarily be the same. In some modules, examples or case studies relevant to the regional or local context are utilised to impart an appreciation of regional or local engineering requirements.

The degree certificates are identical at all campuses.

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering can be defined as the processing of materials on a commercial scale, ranging from traditional commodities and utilities through to modern, high added-value products. This involves the integration of engineering principles and applications with chemistry and other sciences.

What are the admission requirements for the undergraduate Chemical Engineering courses?
What is the difference between the Chemical Engineering and the Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering courses?

Both courses are fundamentally Chemical Engineering courses. However, the latter is intended to impart specialisation in environmental aspects of the discipline. Both the courses share a common first year. From the second year onwards, the course structures are differentiated, with two specialised environmental modules each year. In the second year, Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering students study Site Investigation and Environmental Field Course unlike their Chemical Engineering counterparts who study Interfacial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Project. In the third year, they take Water Treatment and Air Pollution instead of Chemical Product Design and Bioreaction Engineering.

I’m interested in becoming an environmental engineer. Should I be considering the Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering course?
The Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering course is fundamentally chemical engineering with specialisation in environmental aspects of process industries. An Environmental Engineering course on the other hand focuses on the application of engineering principles to the natural environment systems (soil, water, air) to solve and prevent environmental degradation. The UK Campus offers the BEng/MEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering which you can consider.
What is the difference between the BEng (Hons) and the MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering/Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering courses?

The BEng (Hons) is a 3-year undergraduate course while the 4-year MEng (Hons) is an integrated masters course. Both courses are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) while only the latter is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) Malaysia.

Students are encouraged to study for the MEng (Hons) if they are planning to seek professional recognition as an engineer in the future as graduating with the MEng (Hons) would fulfil the academic requirement of becoming a Chartered Engineer with IChemE or Professional Engineer with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). Please note that one also needs to undergo appropriate working/industrial experience prior to applying for professional recognition.

Nevertheless, students must meet the minimum academic threshold in the second year, i.e. 55% year 2 average, before they are allowed to progress onto the MEng(Hons) course in the third year.

Can I still gain professional recognition as an engineer if I graduate with a BEng (Hons) degree?

In terms of becoming a Chartered Engineer with IChemE, you will need to demonstrate evidence of higher learning (e.g. Masters/PhD degree or equivalent) in addition to gaining appropriate working experience.

In terms of becoming a Professional Engineer with BEM, you will need to pursue a taught Masters in Engineering programme recognised by BEM in addition to gaining appropriate working experience. You are then eligible to register with BEM to pursue professional recognition although the BEng (Hons) course remains a non-accredited undergraduate degree.

Is it possible to spend part of the studies in the UK/China?

Yes, it is possible under two offered schemes:

The first is to transfer after the first, second or third year to the UK. This means that the student will become a registered student of the UK campus, pay the UK fees and spend the remainder of his course at the UK campus. There is no mechanism to transfer back once a student transfers.

The second is to undergo an exchange scheme to UK or China for up to a year at any point after the first year provided that it is not the final year. That means that BEng (Hons) students can only go for exchange in the second year while MEng (Hons) students can opt for either the second or third year. The student is still a registered student of the Malaysia Campus and pays the Malaysian fees.

For both schemes, it is important to be aware that an offer of a place is not guaranteed as it is subject to quota set by the overseas campus and meeting the minimum academic threshold of 55% average in the year prior to transferring/exchange.

What are the tuition fees at the Nottingham campuses?

Details on fees can be found at the following links:

Malaysia Campus

UK Campus

China Campus

What about living expenses at the overseas campuses?

Details on living expenses can be found at the following links:

UK Campus

China Campus

Does the MEng (Hons) courses include a year in industry?
The MEng (Hons) course structure does not include a year of industrial experience. Instead, it is compulsory for all MEng (Hons) students to undergo at least 12 weeks of industrial training in an external institution and meet appropriate coursework requirement before starting the fourth year of study. The industrial training is carried out typically in the June-September holidays between the second and third years. Although the courses offered do not formally include a year in industry, students have the option to defer their studies for a year to gain industrial experience.
Do the courses include industrial training?
Both the BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) course structures do not include industrial training formally but it is compulsory for all MEng (Hons) students to undergo at least 12 weeks of industrial training in an external institution and meet appropriate coursework requirement before starting the fourth year of study. The industrial training is carried out typically in the June-September holidays between the second and third years.
What sort of careers is available for one with a degree in Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineers are employed across a huge variety of sectors including chemicals and allied products, oil and gas, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals , food and drink, water, energy etc. Within these sectors, one could be a project engineer who organises and manages projects or a design engineer responsible for the design and specification of all or part of a process. Alternatively, one could also be a process engineer who works on-site within a chemical processing plant or a research and development engineer involved in development of new products or processes.

For more details on careers in chemical engineering, please visit:

http://www.whynotchemeng.com/

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