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Top Chemical Engineering Schools in 2015

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**This article is for the 2015 results. Click here to see the top chemical engineering schools in the world in 2017.** 

Bringing together the physical sciences with the life sciences, along with a little bit of mathematics and economics, is the subject of chemical engineering, a field involved in the production, transformation, and manufacturing of chemicals, materials and energy.

As such a cross-disciplinary subject, chemical engineering programs often operate across more than one department, with varied modules and teaching methods. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 can help you find the top chemical engineering schools worldwide, based on a methodology that assesses academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

If you think you might like to study chemical engineering at a leading school, see below for an overview of top chemical engineering universities in each world region. Or, full the full interactive table, click here.

Top 10 Chemical Engineering Schools in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015

Rank

Name of Institution

Location

1

2

United States

3

United States

4

5

6

United Kingdom

7

United States

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United Kingdom

10

Japan

 

Top chemical engineering schools in the US & Canada

The US dominates the rankings in many subjects, and chemical engineering is no exception. Some 51of the world’s 200 top universities for chemical engineering are based in the US. Other than those featured in the top 10 (above), also in the global top 50 are the University of Minnesota (119th in the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15), University of Texas at Austin (79th in the world rankings), University of Wisconsin-Madison (41st in the world rankings), Princeton University (9th in the world rankings), Yale University (10th in the world rankings), Northwestern University (34th in the world rankings), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, 107th in the world rankings), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA,37th in the world rankings), University of Pennsylvania (13th in the world rankings), Purdue University (102nd in the world rankings), University of Michigan (23rd in the world rankings), Cornell University (19th in the world rankings) and Columbia University (14th in the world rankings).

Meanwhile Canada claims 11 of the world’s best chemical engineering schools, including the University of Toronto (20th in the world rankings) and McGill University (21st in the world rankings) in the top 50, and the University of Alberta and University of British Colombia (43rd in the world rankings) in the top 100.

Read more about studying in the US and Canada here.

Top chemical engineering schools in Europe

Including three featured in the top 10 (above), the UK offers a total of 15 top universities for chemical engineering. Also in the global top 50 are the University of Manchester (30th in the world rankings) and UCL (University College London, 5th in the world rankings), while the top 100 features the University of Nottingham (77th in the world rankings), University of Sheffield (69th in the world rankings), University of Birmingham (64th in the world rankings), University of Edinburgh (17th in the world rankings) and University of Leeds (97th in the world rankings).

There are eight German universities featured in the ranking, three of which are among the world’s top 50. These are Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen, 147th in the world rankings), KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (127th in the world rankings) and Technische Universität München (TU Munich, 54th in the world rankings.

In Italy, of the six schools featured, two are within the top 100 – Politecnico di Milano (229th in the world rankings) and Università di Bologna (UNIBO, 182nd in the world rankings). Spain has five representatives, with its two highest placings claimed by Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (421-430 in the world rankings) and Universitat de Barcelona (UB, 166th in the world rankings) – both within the global top 150 for chemical engineering.

Each claiming three of the world’s best chemical engineering schools are France, the Netherlands and Sweden. Of these, the Dutch Delft University of Technology (86th in the world rankings) is the only school featured in the top 50 (14th), while the Eindhoven University of Technology (147th in the world rankings), the Swedish KTH, Royal Institute of Technology (110th in the world rankings) and Chalmers University of Technology (175th in the world rankings) all rank in the 51-100 range. France’s top offering is the Université de Strasbourg (226th in the world rankings) at 101-150.

Belgium, Ireland, Portugal and Switzerland meanwhile all offer two top chemical engineering schools. Both Swiss offerings are within the world’s top 50 – ETH Zurich (12th in the world rankings) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, 17th in the world rankings). Belgium’s KU Leuven (82nd in the world rankings) makes the top 100, and both Ireland’s University College Dublin (UCD, 139th in the world rankings) and Portugal’s University of Porto (293rd in the world rankings) make the top 150.

Sweden’s fellow Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland and Norway, each have one representative; the Technical University of Denmark (123rd in the world rankings) makes the top 50, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (246th in the world rankings) ranks 101-150, and the Finnish Aalto University (187th in the world rankings) is placed 151-200.

Finally, Austria and Greece both offer entrant in the chemical engineering ranking –Technische Universität Wien (246th in the world rankings) and the National Technical University of Athens (441-450 in the world rankings) respectively.

Learn more about studying in Europe with our country guides.

Top chemical engineering schools in Asia

While China only offers one representative within the top 50 – Tsinghua University (47th in the world rankings) – 12 more Chinese institutions are featured in the ranking, including Shanghai Jiao Tong University (104th in the world rankings), Tianjin University (501-550 in the world rankings) and Zhejiang University (144th in the world rankings) within the top 100.

Japan and South Korea each claim 10 of the world’s best chemical engineering schools. Japan’s University of Tokyo and Kyoto University both make the top 10 (see above), and are joined in the top 50 by Tokyo Institute of Technology (68th in the world rankings), Osaka University (55th in the world rankings) and Tohuku University (71st in the world rankings). This top quarter of the ranking also features South Korea’s KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (51st in the world rankings), Seoul National University (SNU, 31st in the world rankings), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH, 86th in the world rankings), Korea University (116th in the world rankings) and Sungkyunkwan University (140th in the world rankings).

Each with seven universities featured are India and Taiwan. While India’s IIT Bombay (IITB, 222nd in the world rankings) and IIT Delhi (IITD, 235th in the world rankings) make the top 100, Taiwan’s National Taiwan University (NTU, 76th in the world rankings) and National Tsing Hua University (167th in the world rankings) are within the top 50.

Of the six leading chemical engineering universities in Malaysia, three feature among the world’s top 100 – Universiti Malaya (UM, 151st in the world rankings), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM, 309th in the world rankings) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (294th in the world rankings).

Meanwhile Hong Kong has four entrants, including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST, 40th in the world rankings) within the top 50, followed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK, 46th in the world rankings) and the University of Hong Kong (28th in the world rankings) within the top 100.

In addition to Singapore’s NUS in 5th place, Nanyang Technological University (NTU, 39th in the world rankings) also ranks in the top 50. And finally for this region, Thailand has one school ranked at 51-100: Chulalongkorn University (243rd in the world rankings).

Read our country guides to learn more about studying abroad in Asia, or discover more leading universities in the region with the QS University Rankings: Asia.

Top chemical engineering schools in Latin America

Of the eight top universities for chemical engineering in Latin America, Brazil claims half, including Universidade de São Paulo (USP, 132nd in the world rankings) and Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp, 206th in the world rankings) in the top 100. Mexico takes two places, with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, 175th in the world rankings) also in the top 100.

The other Latin American entrants are Argentina’s Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA, 198th in the world rankings) and Colombia’s Universidad Nacional de Colombia (316th in the world rankings) both ranked 151-200.

See our full range of Latin American country guides, or discover more leading schools in the region with the QS University Rankings: Latin America.

Top chemical engineering schools in Australia & New Zealand

Australia lays claim to 10 of the world’s best chemical engineering schools, including the University of Melbourne (33rd in the world rankings), Monash University (70th in the world rankings), the University of Queensland (UQ, 43rd in the world rankings) and the University of New South Wales (48th in the world rankings) all within the top 50 for this subject. Also in the top 100 are Curtin University (331st in the world rankings) and the University of Sydney (37th in the world rankings).

New Zealand meanwhile claims two featured institutions – the University of Auckland (92nd in the world rankings) at 51-100 and the University of Canterbury (242nd in the world rankings) at 151-200.

Find out more about studying in Australia and New Zealand with our country guides.

Top chemical engineering schools in the Middle East

Of the four top chemical engineering universities in the Middle East, threebelong to Saudi Arabia, including King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST, unranked in the world rankings) and King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM, 225th in the world rankings) at 101-150.

The only other Middle Eastern country featured is Israel, with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (190th in the world rankings) ranked at 101-150.

For more insights into the leading universities in this region, watch out for the forthcoming QS University Rankings: Arab Region, due to be released on 10 June 2015.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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