Advanced Process Engineering MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Study area:
Chemical Engineering



in the UK for Chemical Engineering

(The Times Good University Guide 2017)


in the UK for Chemical Engineering

(Guardian University Guide 2018)


£17m STEMLab facility



by the Institution of Chemical Engineers


Advanced Process Engineering MSc is designed to advance students' knowledge in process engineering by focusing on an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of key chemical and industrial processes and on their application and translation to practice.

Our Advanced Process Engineering programme enables you to develop a high level of industry specific skills, and to further develop and fine-tune your transferable skills, placing the graduates of the programme among the strongest in the field. It is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

We aim to help you develop an understanding of particular aspects of process engineering beyond existing knowledge, by studying advanced modules that are relevant to the changing priorities and requirements of the modern process industries.

You will have the opportunity to apply existing and new knowledge to solving or gaining further knowledge of a real-life research, plant operational or management problem and in so doing develop your organisational, critical appraisal, problem-solving, IT, presentational and report-writing skills. The research project is conducted over two semesters and you will work closely with a member of the academic staff on a topic of current interest.

A £17 million investment, the new STEMLab, is a modern learning facility which provides a range of synthesis, characterisation, and processing equipment that will be used by the students attending this course for the delivery of their MSc projects.

£4 million has been invested in the redevelopment of the department’s labs including a pilot scale lab, and an ‘igloo’ – a 3D virtual training facility in collaboration with BP, offering an excellent training and learning facility.

What makes this programme different?

  • Develop a high level of industry specific skills
  • Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • £17 million new state-of-the-art learning facility
  • £4 million invested in laboratory redevelopment

Who should study this programme?

Our Advanced Process Engineering MSc programme is suitable for you if you are looking to develop your knowledge and understanding of currently topical and newly emerging aspects of process engineering, such as product design and manufacture, batch processing, risk and safety, health and environment.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in engineering or physical sciences.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Our Advanced Process Engineering MSc is designed to help you develop an understanding of particular aspects of process engineering beyond existing knowledge, by studying advanced modules that are relevant to the changing priorities and requirements of the modern process industries.


Advanced Process Engineering MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

The aim of this module is to develop your practical skills using engineering devices and operating engineering processes, at the same time strengthening the relationship between experimental work and theory. We will also discuss the importance of safety issues related to practical work in the laboratory, and develop your data analysis, report writing as well as presentation skills.

By taking this module, you will develop an in depth understanding of the theory and practice of batch and continuous downstream unit operations employed by the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and bioindustrial sectors. On completion of the module, the student should be able to understand how the characteristics of small and large molecules can influence the selection of the unit operations required; select and link appropriate separation and purification unit operations for specific products and make performance estimates for these processes.

The overall aim of the module is to enhance the student's general skills in technical communication, project development and planning. Students will: a) be able to identify appropriate sources of information related to their research project and critically evaluate that information, b) appreciate how a research question is formulated and a research proposal is therefore designed, c) develop transferable skills in oral and written communication, d) appreciate how to effectively communicate their research to different audiences. This module is preparation for the module, CGP056 MSc Project.

The aim of this module is for the student to develop an understanding of the physical and chemical factors that influence the performance of catalytic materials in industrially important systems. Emphasis will be placed on the design, preparation, characterisation, deactivation and regeneration of catalysts, as well as the role of chemical kinetics and transport effects in the optimal design of catalytic reactors.

The aims of this module are to give the student the experience of a substantial research project and to give the student training and insight into research methods. In this module, students will cover project selection; project planning including 'milestones', literature surveys; original research of theoretical, experimental or computing nature leading to achievement of objectives; preparation of project reports; oral presentation of the results of their work, as well as paper authoring.

Optional modules

The aims of this module are to examine the various stages in the design of chemical products, and consider a generalised methodology for identifying needs, generating and selecting ideas, designing a manufacturing process for chemical products and getting the product to market.

Students should develop an understanding of the concepts and principles of colloid engineering and interfacial phenomenon in relation to a wide range of applications (such as aerosols, suspensions, emulsions, fine particles, foams, flotations, coagulation, kinetics of wetting and spreading). On completion of the module a student should have sufficient knowledge to use colloid engineering and nano-science in any relevant Chemical Engineering process.

The aims of this module are to provide a detailed understanding of solid/fluid separation processes as applied to a range of industrial processes; develop knowledge and understanding of filtration processes, and give practice in the selection, scale-up and process design of filters.

The aims of this module are to understand the basic theory of fluid and particle mixing, consider the ways in which mixing affects the formation of structure in fluid and solid products and to examine the processes by which particle size distributions may be altered by batch processing.

This module has been designed to enable students to gain in-depth knowledge of the science and engineering principles of clean chemical energy conversions, primarily the electro-chemical energy storage and conversion, including batteries, capacitor, hydrogen and fuel cell technology and bioenergy utilisation.

Students will understand the application of battery, fuel cell and hybrid systems as an enabling clean energy technology for a wide range of applications including transportation, stationary and portable power applications. In addition, students will gain insight into the sustainability of processes, particularly by use of life-cycle assessment.

This module is designed to develop students' understanding of basic principles of dynamic modelling of chemical systems. You will gain a critical appreciation of state-of-the-art software tools available for modelling and analysis of complex chemical engineering systems.

Students who complete this module will 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. You will be exposed to the use of modern computer based techniques for the mass and energy balance aspects of process design using steady state process simulators.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our Department of Chemical Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our graduates progress into careers across a variety of industries, while a number go on to PhD study.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Exxon Mobil
  • BP
  • GSK
  • Tata Steel Europe
  • Brunei Shell Company
  • Petroplus.

Your personal development

Our state-of-the-art lab facilities offer you the opportunity to develop exceptional technical and research skills on current and future technologies and state-of-the-art processes, that will enable you to become valuable assets to your employers, and to contribute in future technology developments.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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