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Hi so basically i got rejected to study chemical engineering at UCL but they offered me Biochemical engineering instead. I really want to do chemical engineering but would me taking biochemical allow me to become a chemical engineer through the course ie petroleum or something. Am i able to change courses once i actually get into UCL?

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Hi so basically i got rejected to study chemical engineering at UCL but they offered me Biochemical engineering instead. I really want to do chemical engineering but would me taking biochemical allow me to become a chemical engineer through the course ie petroleum or something. Am i able to change courses once i actually get into UCL?

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Do u have any other offers ?
Honestly it's a bit risky attempting to change your course in the first week, at a uni like UCL theres a good chance the course will be full however it's not impossible.
At the end it really depends on what you want to prioritise, is it about the university or the course ...

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Do u have any other offers ?
Honestly it's a bit risky attempting to change your course in the first week, at a uni like UCL theres a good chance the course will be full however it's not impossible.
At the end it really depends on what you want to prioritise, is it about the university or the course ...

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yes i have all my other offers. My main concern is whether i would get Chartered chemical engineering status by doing the Biochemical Engineering degree. As the meng chemical engineering program allows a direct Icheme/Ceng Status.
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They didn't accept you for Chemical but they will accept you for Biochemical. Wonder why that is? Maybe too many people applied for Chemical and not many people applied for Biochemical so they have some places vacant. Don't worry, Biochemical is still accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, it's probably more interesting and I would choose Biochemical over Chemical any day.

By the way, I hold an unconditional offer from UCL for Biochemical Engineering BEng.
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They didn't accept you for Chemical but they will accept you for Biochemical. Wonder why that is? Maybe too many people applied for Chemical and not many people applied for Biochemical so they have some places vacant. Don't worry, Biochemical is still accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, it's probably more interesting and I would choose Biochemical over Chemical any day.

By the way, I hold an unconditional offer from UCL for Biochemical Engineering BEng.
yeah the email stated there were many applicants so i didn't make it for chemical . Thanks you cleared up alot for me as i was worried about the IchemE status on whether i would have to take extra steps after the degree as i wanted to go into petroleum. May i ask when you received your offer and have you already achieved your alevel grades?
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yeah the email stated there were many applicants so i didn't make it for chemical . Thanks you cleared up alot for me as i was worried about the IchemE status on whether i would have to take extra steps after the degree as i wanted to go into petroleum. May i ask when you received your offer and have you already achieved your alevel grades?
I received it on November last year and I have already got my grades.
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I received it on November last year and I have already got my grades.
Ahh right i see, i am yet to receive my grades. Well hopefully i get in and i shall see you there if your going to take it.
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dude if not go through biochemical engineering MEng 4 year programme and do the 'chemical engineering route' so your degree at the end is 'MEng Biochemical with Chemical Engineering.

Did they offer you the BEng or MEng?

I would have perhaps thought Biochemical is actually higher rated than Chemical (they are different departments) including slightly higher offer requirements.

Maybe im just saying that because like Raymat here I also got an unconditional
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dude if not go through biochemical engineering MEng 4 year programme and do the 'chemical engineering route' so your degree at the end is 'MEng Biochemical with Chemical Engineering.

Did they offer you the BEng or MEng?

I would have perhaps thought Biochemical is actually higher rated than Chemical (they are different departments) including slightly higher offer requirements.

Maybe im just saying that because like Raymat here I also got an unconditional
Congrats on the unconditional offer, have you already got your grades? Are you going to firm ucl?
I choose MEng so im now waiting for the formal offer this week or next.
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Congrats on the unconditional offer, have you already got your grades? Are you going to firm ucl?
I choose MEng so im now waiting for the formal offer this week or next.
Thanks and you too

Yes ive got A*A*A* and I will probably, what ur predictions like may I ask?

MEng is the real deal imo....
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Thanks and you too

Yes ive got A*A*A* and I will probably, what ur predictions like may I ask?

MEng is the real deal imo....
wow thats amazing, what subjects? Do you have any tips for me?

i'm predicted A*A*A Maths, Chemistry, ICT. I have A's in Biology and Physics at AS-level, didnt really fancy continuing them at A2.
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wow thats amazing, what subjects? Do you have any tips for me?

i'm predicted A*A*A Maths, Chemistry, ICT. I have A's in Biology and Physics at AS-level, didnt really fancy continuing them at A2.
nice predictions (I was predicted A*A*A in bio math and chem respectively last year) and I was really happy with those predictions alone..
just revise early first of all covering all topics, then go over in detail on weaker areas, then finally do past papers; keep repeating that till you get A*s in the past papers.
you firming UCL and where else have you got offered may I ask? With those predictions, I expect they must be good unis.
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nice predictions (I was predicted A*A*A in bio math and chem respectively last year) and I was really happy with those predictions alone..
just revise early first of all covering all topics, then go over in detail on weaker areas, then finally do past papers; keep repeating that till you get A*s in the past papers.
you firming UCL and where else have you got offered may I ask? With those predictions, I expect they must be good unis.
I've started revising all since January. I'm doing some papers to get the practice going. Indeed ill probably firm UCL.
I've got offers from Nottingham, Kings, Birmingham and Sheffield.
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If you're looking at getting into Oil & Gas, then doing chemical engineering as opposed to biochemical engineering is a better option. The biochemical engineering course at UCL is really much more specialised towards pharmaceutical process development, and so is not very relevant to oil and gas.

That being said, you’re eligible for CEng accreditation via both courses, but with chemical engineering degree getting that type of role will likely be a little easier (+ your options across the board are a little more open as Chem Eng is more general).

If you're siding towards UCL in terms of brand name then fair do's, but that sort of thing generally holds less weight in the engineering sector compared to others - things like course accreditation, getting a good grade and work experince are more important.
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If you're looking at getting into Oil & Gas, then doing chemical engineering as opposed to biochemical engineering is a better option. The biochemical engineering course at UCL is really much more specialised towards pharmaceutical process development, and so is not very relevant to oil and gas.

That being said, you’re eligible for CEng accreditation via both courses, but with chemical engineering degree getting that type of role will likely be a little easier (+ your options across the board are a little more open as Chem Eng is more general).

If you're siding towards UCL in terms of brand name then fair do's, but that sort of thing generally holds less weight in the engineering sector compared to others - things like course accreditation, getting a good grade and work experince are more important.
I understand what your saying, but the thing is they offered me biochemical rather than chemical as chemical was full up. I'm sure ill be able to swap once i get in as there are probably people who don't make it or drop the course. Yh i have an offer from Nottingham and Birmingham and there course's are more clear cut ie provide me with year in industry so ill have to think before i decide.
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If you're looking at getting into Oil & Gas, then doing chemical engineering as opposed to biochemical engineering is a better option. The biochemical engineering course at UCL is really much more specialised towards pharmaceutical process development, and so is not very relevant to oil and gas.

That being said, you’re eligible for CEng accreditation via both courses, but with chemical engineering degree getting that type of role will likely be a little easier (+ your options across the board are a little more open as Chem Eng is more general).

If you're siding towards UCL in terms of brand name then fair do's, but that sort of thing generally holds less weight in the engineering sector compared to others - things like course accreditation, getting a good grade and work experince are more important.
what about 'MEng Biochemical with Chemical Engineering'? (i.e. the chemical engineering route in 4th year) for oil and gas?

also what about a career in 'energy' in general?

thanks in advance
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what about 'MEng Biochemical with Chemical Engineering'? (i.e. the chemical engineering route in 4th year) for oil and gas?

also what about a career in 'energy' in general?

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i emailed the engineering admissions tutor and senior lecturer Dr Ivan about the same thing when they offered me to change. He responded with " It is possible to study chemical engineering as an MSc after 3 years (BEng Biochemical Engineering). Also, there are ‘minors’ which means you could study CE as a minor. Even with a BE degree you will ultimately become MIChemE and CEng and so can work in CE industries such as petrochemicals". I asked about the Oil & Gas sector (petroleum) specifically.
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what about 'MEng Biochemical with Chemical Engineering'? (i.e. the chemical engineering route in 4th year) for oil and gas?

also what about a career in 'energy' in general?

thanks in advance

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i emailed the engineering admissions tutor and senior lecturer Dr Ivan about the same thing when they offered me to change. He responded with " It is possible to study chemical engineering as an MSc after 3 years (BEng Biochemical Engineering). Also, there are ‘minors’ which means you could study CE as a minor. Even with a BE degree you will ultimately become MIChemE and CEng and so can work in CE industries such as petrochemicals". I asked about the Oil & Gas sector (petroleum) specifically.
I’m sure you can probably still break into energy with biochemical engineering, but it will harder than compared to entering with a chemical engineering background - so if you have offers for chemical engineering and your keen on the energy sector (wether that be oil & gas, nuclear, alternative energies or even things like water systems, materials and fine chemicals ..etc) why make more work for yourself.

You're also right in that both courses make you eligible for MIChemE and CEng status, but obtaining those memberships requires several years for work experience in addition to a suitable degree. Getting that experience will likely be a little more straight forward with a chemical background for the types of industries we are talking about.

Edit - The biochem eng with chem eng sounds like a good compromise if you decide to go down the biochem route. Mainly because grad job recruitment is largely done by HR staff who don't spend a great deal of time reviewing each application, so having the words "chemical engineering" will probably tick their box.
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If you want to work in oil & gas then chemical engineering is a better shout. I don't think that a biochemical degree will category close all doors to you, but I think it will be a harder sell to the oil companies, engineering contractors and consultancies.

Most chemical engineering graduates who go into oil & gas probably get jobs as process engineer. However, if your degree covers lots of fluid mechanics and heat transfer you might have an easier time going into CFD or flow assurance (ensuring that the oil and gas flows through the pipes and pipelines in the most economical way). If it covers lots of process safety related stuff, you could maybe even go into technical risk and safety. But overall I would still say that biochemical is less optimal than chemical for oil & gas.
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dude if not go through biochemical engineering MEng 4 year programme and do the 'chemical engineering route' so your degree at the end is 'MEng Biochemical with Chemical Engineering.

Did they offer you the BEng or MEng?

I would have perhaps thought Biochemical is actually higher rated than Chemical (they are different departments) including slightly higher offer requirements.

Maybe im just saying that because like Raymat here I also got an unconditional
What did you do to receive an unconditional offer?
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