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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering (January 2021 intake)

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Chemical Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc (PGDip and PGCert available as exit awards only)
Programme title Advanced Chemical Engineering
Programme code CGPT40
Length of programme MSc study is available on a full-time basis only: one year
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Full Time MSc - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/masters-degrees/a-z/advanced-chemical-engineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:59:48 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To develop thorough knowledge and leading edge technical expertise in the application of advanced chemical engineering concepts to complex engineering problems.
  • To deepen knowledge in specialist areas of chemical engineering, particularly process and product design, optimisation and key industrial techniques to prepare graduates for professional careers in the process and related industries that enhance our health, standard of living and the use of resources.
  • To equip graduates with advanced knowledge of optimal process design, sustainability, and research and development methodologies.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) accreditation guidance, February 2019.

QAA subject Benchmark Statement Engineering (Master’s) 2015.

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of:

K1 Process design, operation, mathematic modelling and optimisation of chemical engineering processes

K2 Research techniques including information retrieval, project planning and experimental design

K3 Appropriate analytical/theoretical, experimental and numerical methods to solve and critically evaluate problems in chemical engineering and related areas

K4 Management and decision-making concepts to help address practical engineering problems

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1 Formulate, analyse and solve complex chemical engineering problems to support substantiated conclusions

C2 Develop an effective and achievable engineering design plan in the context of the chemical industries

C3 Critically evaluate solutions to numerical and practical chemical engineering problems

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 Apply experimental or numerical methods to generate data and solve complex chemical engineering problems

P2 Apply technical knowledge to interpret and evaluate alternative options to balance costs, benefits, safety and environmental impact

P3 Plan, design and execute a chemical engineering project and communicate the results

P4 Source, analyse and apply relevant chemical engineering literature to solve complex technical problems

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1 Communicate effectively in verbal, written and visual forms

T2 Integrate and evaluate information from a range of sources

T3 Formulate and solve complex practical and numerical problems using qualitative and quantitative methods informed by appropriate sources

T4 Plan and optimise the use of resources and time for project planning and self-learning

T5 Work effectively as part of a team

T6 Undertake safe and effective laboratory practice

4. Programme structure

Semester 1 and 2, 2020/2021 (January/February 2021)

Compulsory modules (30 credits) 





Modelling of Chemical Engineering Systems



Research Methods



Semester 2, 2020/2021 (February to June 2021)

Compulsory module (15 credits) 





Advanced Process Design and Optimisation



Optional modules (Students should select either two or three modules totalling 30 or 45 credits) 





Colloid Science and Engineering



Drug Delivery and Targeting



Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management



Semester 3, 2020/2021 (June to September 2021)

Compulsory module (60 credits) 





MSc Project



Semester 1, 2021/2022 (October 2021 to January 2022)

Compulsory module (15 credits) 





Chemical Product Design



Optional modules (If students selected three optional modules in Semester 2, 2020/2021 they should select one module from the list below, totalling 15 credits. If students selected two optional modules in Semester 2, 2020/2021, they should select two modules from the list below, totalling 30 credits) 





Advanced Engineering Separations



Advanced Biochemical Engineering



Clean Energy, Materials and Sustainability



Process Intensification



5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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