International Diploma in Chemical Engineering

The International Year One is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for direct entry into the second year of a university degree in the school of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's.

Why apply for the International Year One programme?

  • full university status
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • a conditional offer for successful students of a place on the second year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast

There are three course options:

  • International Year One (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Extended International Year One (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
  • Extended International Year One (5 terms) - this option features two additional terms of English at the beginning for extra language support, with lower English language entry requirements
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What is special about the programme?

The International Year One is a full-time academic programme that offers you the opportunity to improve your language skills and develop your study and research skills in preparation for undergraduate study. Previously known as an International Diploma, the Year One programme is designed to increase your knowledge of academic theory, enabling you to enter directly into year two of an undergraduate degree. You will also benefit from:

  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Year One programme?

The International Year One is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or a recognised International Foundation programme, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an International Diploma.

What will I study?

Core modules:

English Language and Study Skills

This module will give you the language proficiency and academic study skills you will need to embark on the second year of an undergraduate course in a British university.

Engineering Mathematics 1

Mathematics is a fundamental discipline underpinning many areas of engineering. The purpose of this module is to provide you with a sound basis in engineering related mathematics such that you can deal with the wide range of modules that involve analytical methods.

Engineering Mathematics 2

In Engineering Mathematics 2, you will learn how to approach problems involving matrices and the associated algebra including the use of Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors to help analyse and solve problems.

 

 

Specialist modules in semester 1:

Introduction to Chemical Engineering

You will develop competencies in chemical engineering through a basic understanding of the design of chemical engineering plant. You will develop competence in the understanding of process and units selection, mass and energy balances and basic economics for the chemical industry. 

Drawing and Design

In this module you will be introduced to the design process and learn to apply the principles of good design to the creation of appropriate artefacts in simple design exercises.

Fluid Mechanics

By the end of the fluid mechanics module you should be able to understand the basic properties of fluids and their mechanics under static and dynamic conditions and apply the principles of conservation of mass, momentum and energy in engineering applications.

Heat and Mass Transfer

You will develop competencies in chemical engineering through an understanding of the design of heat exchange systems. You will develop understanding of mass transfer and its application in chemical engineering unit operations. .

 

Specialist modules in semester 2:

Basic Chemistry 1

You will become familiar with chemical descriptions of matter, what matter is made up of, how it can be organised into the periodic table and how we can start to understand it from a scientific perspective.

Basic Chemistry 2

You will become familiar with basic chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. By the end of the course, you will have an improved knowledge and understanding of equilibrium constants, acid/base chemistry, states of matter and phase changes, basic phase equilibria and chemical kinetics driven by increased problem solving abilities.

Materials and Manufacture

This module introduces the basic properties of materials used in Mechanical Engineering. By the end of the module you will be able to identify the basic properties of materials for a particular component and reasons for selection of that material, recognise the basic principles of selecting manufacturing processes for a particular component, explain material characteristics and properties and relate them to performance, manufacturing process and the environment.

Thermodynamics

This module provides an elementary introduction to thermodynamics, including a discussion of the fundamental concepts of heat, work, energy and entropy. The module introduces the properties of different working fluids (vapours and gases) and also provides the necessary analytical skills to address practical and theoretical issues arising from the analysis of thermodynamic machinery.

 

How will I be assessed?

Successful completion of the International Year One, subject to getting the required grades for your intended degree, gives you the opportunity to progress to the second year of an undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast.

To qualify, you will need to:

  • You will need to pass all of your subject modules to the levels required to progress.
  • You will need to achieve the required grades in your English language classes.

Teaching methods

This course offers smaller classes than university study, providing you with a greater student/teacher interaction. All teachers for this course are qualified to doctorate level. 

You will gain experience in using industry standard computer aided design and simulation tools. You'll be given the opportunity to work in the University's labs, using modern equipment and doing practical work inside and outside of class.

How do I qualify?

 

Academic requirements:

Two 'D' Grades from a UK A-level board, a recognised foundation, first year of an overseas university degree programme or equivalent with good grades. You will be expected to have studied maths and physics at this level too.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

Three term: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in other subskills)

Four term: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in other subskills)

Five term: IELTS 4.5 or equivalent

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

Age:

16 years old.

All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 17 years old by 31st December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

When can I start?

 

Start date Term dates Fees
March 2017 start (5 terms)

Term 1: Mon 27 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 2: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 3: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 4: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 5: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£24,095
June 2017 start (5 terms)

Term 1: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 01 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 5: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£24,095
June 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£19,795
September 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 01 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£19,945
September 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£15,495
January 2018 Start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£15,495

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge of £380 (three term), £460 (four term) or £540 (five term) 
  • an additional £400 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

What's the difference between the 3, 4 and 5 term course?

The 4 and 5 term courses have additional terms of English language tuition at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will this take me?

Successful completion of the International Year One, subject to getting the required grades for your intended degree, gives you the opportunity to progress to the second year of an undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast.

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This course leads to the second year in the following degrees at Queen's University Belfast:

BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) Computer Science
MEng (Hons) Computer Science
BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technology
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

MEng (Hons) Environmental and Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering
MEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering
BEng (Hons) Software Engineering
MEng (Hons) Software Engineering
BEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering
MEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering

Please note: Students enrolled on the MEng will need to pass all their modules and maintain a high standard in Years 2, 3 and 4 to graduate from the programme. Students who fail to achieve the necessary grades may be required to transfer to a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programme.

Queen's University Belfast has the UK's only combined Chemistry and Chemical Engineering School.

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