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Currently I'm on a BSc Chemistry degree. Initially, I wanted to study Chemical Engineering, but I decided to go with Chemistry because I love experimental Chemistry, which is found more on the BSc degree than a Chem Eng degee. I'm not too fond of Physics either which, despite the name, Chem Eng has A LOT of. However, now I don't know whether I'm regretting my decision or not. I do want to go into either the Oil and Gas industry or Pharmaceuticals, which can be done a lot more easily with an MEng degree than an MSc degree (?), so now I'm wondering if it's at all a possibility to complete my BSc in Chemistry and do an MEng in Chemical Engineering at all?
I'm pretty much just freaking out because at first I loved the fact that a Chemistry degree is more broad than a Chem Eng degree, which is more specialised, I believe. But now, I'm wondering where my BSc/MSc can take me, if anywhere...
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Currently I'm on a BSc Chemistry degree. Initially, I wanted to study Chemical Engineering, but I decided to go with Chemistry because I love experimental Chemistry, which is found more on the BSc degree than a Chem Eng degee. I'm not too fond of Physics either which, despite the name, Chem Eng has A LOT of. However, now I don't know whether I'm regretting my decision or not. I do want to go into either the Oil and Gas industry or Pharmaceuticals, which can be done a lot more easily with an MEng degree than an MSc degree (?), so now I'm wondering if it's at all a possibility to complete my BSc in Chemistry and do an MEng in Chemical Engineering at all?
I'm pretty much just freaking out because at first I loved the fact that a Chemistry degree is more broad than a Chem Eng degree, which is more specialised, I believe. But now, I'm wondering where my BSc/MSc can take me, if anywhere...
MEng is a 4-year integrated/undergraduate masters degree - you wouldn't do it after a BSc.

Find an MSc that interests you and leads to the types of jobs you want.
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MEng is a 4-year integrated/undergraduate masters degree - you wouldn't do it after a BSc.

Find an MSc that interests you and leads to the types of jobs you want.
oh... ok, it's not split up like a BSc and MSc. thank you!
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oh... ok, it's not split up like a BSc and MSc. thank you!
An MEng is similar to a MSci. Both are 4 year (usually) undergraduate integrated masters.

People can do an MSci in Chemistry which is (effectively) a BSc plus MSc Chemistry. I think some universities have an MChem, same idea.

Similarly an MEng is (effectively) a BEng plus MSc Engineering.

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Currently I'm on a BSc Chemistry degree. Initially, I wanted to study Chemical Engineering, but I decided to go with Chemistry because I love experimental Chemistry, which is found more on the BSc degree than a Chem Eng degee. I'm not too fond of Physics either which, despite the name, Chem Eng has A LOT of. However, now I don't know whether I'm regretting my decision or not. I do want to go into either the Oil and Gas industry or Pharmaceuticals, which can be done a lot more easily with an MEng degree than an MSc degree (?), so now I'm wondering if it's at all a possibility to complete my BSc in Chemistry and do an MEng in Chemical Engineering at all?
I'm pretty much just freaking out because at first I loved the fact that a Chemistry degree is more broad than a Chem Eng degree, which is more specialised, I believe. But now, I'm wondering where my BSc/MSc can take me, if anywhere...
An MSc in Chemistry would be better for pharma, unless you wanted to work on the production side when ChemEng would probably be better.

For O&G you should check some job vacancies to see if they will accept Chemistry qualifications.

Yes, any chemical engineering is fundamentally applied physics rather than chemistry.
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Currently I'm on a BSc Chemistry degree. Initially, I wanted to study Chemical Engineering, but I decided to go with Chemistry because I love experimental Chemistry, which is found more on the BSc degree than a Chem Eng degee. I'm not too fond of Physics either which, despite the name, Chem Eng has A LOT of. However, now I don't know whether I'm regretting my decision or not. I do want to go into either the Oil and Gas industry or Pharmaceuticals, which can be done a lot more easily with an MEng degree than an MSc degree (?), so now I'm wondering if it's at all a possibility to complete my BSc in Chemistry and do an MEng in Chemical Engineering at all?
I'm pretty much just freaking out because at first I loved the fact that a Chemistry degree is more broad than a Chem Eng degree, which is more specialised, I believe. But now, I'm wondering where my BSc/MSc can take me, if anywhere...
You could do an MSc in chemical engineering after your BSc in chemistry, but do you actually want to go into engineering? There are jobs in oil & gas for chemistry graduates, e.g. production chemist, and I would also imagine there'd be opportunities in pharma for chemistry grads too.
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Hi there!

As far as I'm aware, an MEng can only be achieved with an integrated engineering degree, so unless you do a Bachelors of Engineering followed by an MEng (a route I imagine you do not want to do), then this is not possible.

However, if you are not a massive fan of physics and enjoy experimental chemistry, it definitely sounds like you chose the right course. I am currently studying chemical engineering as an undergraduate and it is a lot of physics and no experimental chemistry!

The other posters in this thread are right, you need to find an MSc in something you enjoy. What are your career goals, if not the typical chem eng jobs? If you are not after a specific chemical engineering career path then it really shouldn't matter.

Something worth noting is at Bath, we have the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, which is multidiscplinary centre, including chemistry and chemical engineering. The Department of Chemical Engineering offer two Msc's, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Chemical Engineering. These master courses are designed to prepare you for academia or industry but they definitely encourage PhD study afterwards. The entry requirements specify a chemical engineering degree, however, it does also say they would consider other engineering or science disciplines, so it would definitely be worth enquiring via postgraduate admissions at [email protected].

If this is not for you or not possible, I am sure you would be able to find a MSc in something you are interested, or pick modules within your current degree to tailor your degree.

Good luck!

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Thank you so much for this information. Bath actually was my first first choice, if that makes sense, so I'd definitely consider this. This will give me the insight into Engineering that I want, whilst still doing my Chemistry BSc, if I do decide to apply to these courses.
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Hi there!

As far as I'm aware, an MEng can only be achieved with an integrated engineering degree, so unless you do a Bachelors of Engineering followed by an MEng (a route I imagine you do not want to do), then this is not possible.

However, if you are not a massive fan of physics and enjoy experimental chemistry, it definitely sounds like you chose the right course. I am currently studying chemical engineering as an undergraduate and it is a lot of physics and no experimental chemistry!

The other posters in this thread are right, you need to find an MSc in something you enjoy. What are your career goals, if not the typical chem eng jobs? If you are not after a specific chemical engineering career path then it really shouldn't matter.

Something worth noting is at Bath, we have the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, which is multidiscplinary centre, including chemistry and chemical engineering. The Department of Chemical Engineering offer two Msc's, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Chemical Engineering. These master courses are designed to prepare you for academia or industry but they definitely encourage PhD study afterwards. The entry requirements specify a chemical engineering degree, however, it does also say they would consider other engineering or science disciplines, so it would definitely be worth enquiring via postgraduate admissions at [email protected].

If this is not for you or not possible, I am sure you would be able to find a MSc in something you are interested, or pick modules within your current degree to tailor your degree.

Good luck!

Leah
2nd Year Chemical Engineering
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If I did an Engineering degree, I would want to go into Engineering, yes. I know many people don't really use their degrees, but I'd like to use mine, so with my Chemistry degree, I'd like to go into a Chemistry field. I didn't even consider that... Thank you!
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You could do an MSc in chemical engineering after your BSc in chemistry, but do you actually want to go into engineering? There are jobs in oil & gas for chemistry graduates, e.g. production chemist, and I would also imagine there'd be opportunities in pharma for chemistry grads too.
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