Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

MSc modules


List of MSc modules available

Advanced Computer Methods for Modelling & Analysis of Chemical Engineering Systems

Course Leader: Dr V Pinfield

The aim of the module is to develop practical and theoretical skills required to understand the dynamic behaviour of complex chemical processes. Students will apply a combination of mathematical methods, IT tools and advanced chemical engineering concepts to develop skills which will allow them to design and optimise complex chemical processes, taking into account their dynamic behaviour to significantly augment profitability and safety in operation.

Applied Engineering Practice

Course Leader: Dr G Vladisavljevic

This module aims to develop practical skills using engineering devices and operating engineering processes, at the same time strengthening the relationship between experimental techniques and theory. It is designed to impart the importance of safety issues related to practical work, such as chemical hazards and risk associated with different unit operations in the laboratory.

Students will learn how to carry out safe experimental work and it will enhance his/her capability of carrying out unattended research and development (R&D) project. Emphasis will be given on planning of the projects and experiments, preparing safety and risk assessment reports, hands-on experience in the laboratory, handling and analysis of experimental data, report writing, poster presentation, oral presentation and working with others in a research environment.

Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis

Course Leader: Prof G Li Puma

90 % of all industrial chemical processes are catalytic. You will learn the physical and chemical factors that influence the performance of catalytic materials in industrially important systems. Emphasis will be placed on the design, preparation, characteri¬sation, deactivation and regeneration of catalysts, as well as the role of chemical kinetics and transport effects in the optimal design of catalytic reactors.

Chemical Product Design

Course Leader: Prof CD Rielly

In recent years, in the UK chemical industry, there has been an increasing emphasis on the production of small tonnage, high-value products with specific functional properties. This module introduces you to some generic methods of designing such products. You will learn about identifying the customers and their needs, writing product specifications and generating ideas for new products. Methods will be discussed for sorting, screening and selecting these ideas, based on chemistry, engineering, economics and risk. Non- technical aspects, such as the protection of your intellectual property, the economics of product design and the route to market, will also be considered.

Colloid Engineering and Nano-Science

Course Leader: Prof VM Starov

Colloidal or surface forces determine the interaction between colloidal particles which in turn determines the basic properties of colloidal suspensions and emulsions, their stability and rheology. This module aims to provide a basic understanding of the underlying principles of concentrated dispersions, stability, sedimentation, coagulation as well as of kinetics of wetting and spreading in the case of both complete, partial wetting. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of colloid and interface science as applied to a range of industrial processes, how these principles are used and learn how to model the behaviour of colloidal emulsions and suspensions in aqueous medium, kinetics of wetting and spreading.

Downstream Processing

Course Leader: Dr E Theodosiou

This course has the objective of developing the understanding and selection of appropriate chemical separations for products from batch processes. These products often have special applications that justify their high value. Purity and recovery are very important for commercial success. We will be presenting procedures for process choice, and an introduction to the principles of the separation techniques, so that participants should be able to prepare preliminary separation schemes and outline process designs at the end of the course.

Enterprise Technology Course

Leader: Dr J Holland

The aims of this module are to explore the role of entrepreneurs in society. To analyse the elements that go into planning a new business including marketing planning, the essentials of financial management, risk assessment and exit options, with particular reference to high technology business and to inspire students to embrace enterprise as an essential component of their development.

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Planning

Course Leader: Dr J Holland

The aims of this module are for students to create a business proposal for a real or imaginary business and to develop relevant transferable skills. Students will learn how to defend and explain ideas orally in a challenging environment and use academic theory and references to support practical plans. In this module you will also learn how to analyse the competitive position and critical success factors of a business and link objectives, strategy, risk and financial implication of an operational plan.


Course Leader: Dr ES Tarleton

Solid/liquid separations and membrane filtration are used widely throughout industrial processes. In this module you will gain a detailed understanding of how these batch separations are applied. The different types of solid/liquid separation equipment and approaches to their selection, design, sizing and scale-up will be emphasised. You will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles as applied to a range of industrial equipment, how these principles are used in the identification of appropriate equipment for a process and the use of available computer software.

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Course Leader: Dr B Benyahia 

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the major hazards in the chemical process industry and the techniques used for their identification and mitigation.

Mixing of Fluids and Particles

Course Leader: Prof CD Rielly

This module aims to provide a basic understanding of the theories and design methods relevant to fluid and particle mixing and particle enlargement / communition processes. The emphasis will be on practical applications of fluid mixing and particulate processing technology to the manufacture of innovative chemical products, using small scale, batch-operated processes. In particular, the module will demonstrate how mixing affects the formation of structure in fluid and solid products.

Process Systems Engineering & Applied IT Practice

Course Leader: Dr V Pinfield

This module is designed to develop practical skills using engineering devices, data acquisition equipment and modern scientific computing for operating engineering processes. The module aims to develop data acquisition and analysis skills, and provide familiarity with the use of industry-standard software tools for the development of virtual instruments and operator interfaces. Students will be introduced to the use of modern computer based techniques for the mass and energy balance aspects of process design using steady state process simulators.

Research and Communication

Course Leader: Dr FT Edum-Fotwe

The aims of this module are to provide the student with an overview of sources of information in construction; to explain how to conduct a literature review and introduce students to the principle methods of investigation in construction research: and provide an opportunity for each student to develop professional and academic skills in oral and written communication.

Strategic Management for Construction

Course Leader: Dr FT Edum-Fotwe

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of strategic management and the tools for formulating and implementing strategies within the construction sector.


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Department of Chemical Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

+44 (0)1509 222 533