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- 10-08-2016 17:46
(Original post by Smack)
- 10-08-2016 18:00
Yes, if you want to work in industry then aside from perhaps some research positions there's little point in doing a PhD. Whereas for academia I think you almost certainly need a PhD, but I'm not entirely sure as it's not my area.
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(Original post by SK20)
- 10-08-2016 21:07
Thank you for everyone's responses, they've been very helpful!
I just had a few more questions to add:
1. What sorts of topics/modules will you cover? (Hoping I can research them and get a better feel for the subject before I fully commit.)
2. Are there lots of jobs available as a chemical engineer after you graduate, and will these be available all throughout the UK (would you need to relocate?)
1. All engineers typically cover fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and engineering mathematics as a given in their first few years. For chemical engineers, understanding chemistry is fairly fundamental to the degree, so that becomes incorporated into a lot of courses. In later years the courses switch their focus to process design and equipment design - i.e 'Design a distillation column which achieves X percentage purity of Product A by separating it from this mixture'.
I think it's quite difficult to communicate to an A-level student the variety of work you cover - it's essentially an applied mathematics degree with lab work, group problem solving and report writing.
2. The job market in my opinion is poor at the minute and chemical engineering is far from being a safe route to a job. The number of people studying chemical engineering has increased exponentially combined with this, making it even harder. One thing to bear in mind is that you have to be open minded on where you want to live too, many of the jobs aren't in desirable places in the UK. Relocating outside the UK isn't really possible if you can't speak another EU language, and the visa process is too complicated elsewhere.