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Chemical engineering or pharmacy

I’m leaving the course I’m in currently which is Biomedical engineering as I hated the course and how it was at uni (kcl)
And I was thinking of doing pharmacy or chemical engineering instead
How much physics would someone say is in chemical engineering?
I HAVENT taken Physics alevel and found in hard to wrap my head around it in my current course
The problem with pharmacy is that I’d either have to go to dmu but I don’t wanna be in leicester or I’d have to wait a year as there is a lower chance of it being in clearing.
I have read that chemical engineering is more likely to be in clearing. Idk what unis it would be more likely in tho
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Completely understand you don't want to be in Leicester as someone from Leicester 😂

I have a Master and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering, it would be unfair to say I regret it because it's given me a lot of transferrable skills. I don't work in Chem Eng, nor do most of the people from my cohort.

I would ask you what Subjects did you enjoy the most in A-levels and what would be your motivations for doing Chem Eng because like I was, and most finishing A-level you seem unsure, and as a Chem Eng grad, and someone who knows many other Chem Eng grads it's not something to go into half-heartedly!

Chem Eng is applying Mathematics and Physics to processes which involve fluids. A big part of Chem Eng is Thermodynamics - study of heat, phase equilibria etc, Fluid Mechanics - study of fluid flow, Process Design - so like looking at processes in oil & gas, pharma and renewables - as part of Design you will also look at Process Safety - HAZOP, root cause analysis etc and Process Control. Contrary to popular belief it actually doesn't have a lot of Chemistry or Biology, some universities have more than others. Reaction Engineering applies Mathematics to understand reaction kinetics, that's probably the only Chemistry one that's common across the board. Probably some Transport and/ or Separation Phenomena module/s, and Mathematics module/s.
I'd heavily advise you to look at the modules offered by each University and do some deeper research online on the subsequent modules.

Modelling using MATLAB is a HUGE part of Chem Eng, this is where you code mathematical differentials equations, representing reactions, heat changes, mass changes, fluid flows into a computer software, and then analysing it.

If any of this sounds like the type of thing you'd enjoy, go for it! If it doesn't then there's honestly so many University courses which have different flavours of Chemistry. Do your Research and do what you think is right 🙂 Congrats to you for not needlessly continuing a course that you didn't like, I watched many people not do that and be miserable.
Original post by Pebby987
I’m leaving the course I’m in currently which is Biomedical engineering as I hated the course and how it was at uni (kcl)
And I was thinking of doing pharmacy or chemical engineering instead
How much physics would someone say is in chemical engineering?
I HAVENT taken Physics alevel and found in hard to wrap my head around it in my current course
The problem with pharmacy is that I’d either have to go to dmu but I don’t wanna be in leicester or I’d have to wait a year as there is a lower chance of it being in clearing.
I have read that chemical engineering is more likely to be in clearing. Idk what unis it would be more likely in tho

Hi there!

I can see from your question, you are considering a few options. Picking which course to study at University isn't always the easiest when you have so many subjects to pick from.

However, just a few words of advice that I would give myself when I was in your position is do more research on the courses you are looking. For instance, University of Leicester offers a MPharmacy course, you can read more about course description (Breakdown of each year, each semester, what modules you will study and what it would consist of, placements etc.). You can also read about careers and employability opportunities out there for you when you graduate. Also, there is video on "Why Leicester for MPharm" on that same link, which can perhaps offer you a different perspective. All these factors are things you should read about to compare between different subject courses.

Another tip I would give you, which really helped me make my choice when picking a university is visiting University Campuses. Attend as many Open days and offer holder days as you can before you make a choice on where you will be going. This way you get a chance to speak to students who are currently studying the course you want to get into and can offer you some insight on what it could look like for you as well. They can let you know what their experience with student life at the university is like and their firsthand experience with teaching and assessments has been like.

This can helpfully then support you in making an informed decision on what university you would like to study at.

I hope this was helpful, have you attended an Open day at Leicester before?

Sumayyah
Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
Original post by Pebby987
I’m leaving the course I’m in currently which is Biomedical engineering as I hated the course and how it was at uni (kcl)
And I was thinking of doing pharmacy or chemical engineering instead
How much physics would someone say is in chemical engineering?
I HAVENT taken Physics alevel and found in hard to wrap my head around it in my current course
The problem with pharmacy is that I’d either have to go to dmu but I don’t wanna be in leicester or I’d have to wait a year as there is a lower chance of it being in clearing.
I have read that chemical engineering is more likely to be in clearing. Idk what unis it would be more likely in tho

Hi,
Could I ask why you didn’t like bioengineering as I am thinking about studying it at KCL possibly.

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