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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering with Information Technology and Management (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

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Final award MSc
Programme title Advanced Chemical Engineering with Information Technology and Management
Programme code CGPT37
Length of programme The Programme may only be taken on a full time basis.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Full Time MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/CGPT37

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:27:23 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to develop their education in particular aspects of process engineering beyond their existing qualifications or update their knowledge, by studying advanced modules that are relevant to the changing priorities and skills requirements of the modern process industries. The multi-disciplinary approach will be the distinctive feature. 
  • To develop skills, especially in investigating and drawing rational conclusions; in information technology, this includes the use of design packages, computer graphics and word processing; in communication, both oral and writing skills are extended. 
  • To plan, conduct and report research into an aspect of Chemical Engineering. Apply academic theory and knowledge together with work experience to the solution of a real-life research, plant operational or management problem. 
  • To apply existing and new knowledge to solving or furthering knowledge of a real-life research, plant operational or management problem and in so doing develop their organisational, critical appraisal, problem-solving, IT, presentational, communication and report-writing skills. 
  • To develop the students’ ability to: reason critically, collect, analyse, evaluate and synthesise data, gather and use information, apply concepts and methodologies. 
  • To deepen understanding of process principles through problem solving, projects and design exercises. 
  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the IT skills required for advanced chemical processes. 
  • To make the students aware of key management and/or entrepreneurship concepts. 
  • To encourage professional attitudes through the study of human, safety, environmental and economic implications of technology, through team work and through working with established professionals. 
  • To share experiences with other module attendees and presenters and/or workshop/case-study leaders and take part in workshops/case studies to give the students an appreciation of the practical work-related aspects of the subjects studied. Students will have integrated the programme with their own personal and professional needs and those of their employer or sponsor. 
  • To foster networking and transfer of ideas and experience between students from different backgrounds.

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 knowledge and understanding of currently topical and newly emerging aspects of process engineering, such as product design and manufacture, batch processing, bio-processing;
  • Apply information technology for the design of modern operator interfaces for advanced process plants;
  • Derive mathematical models and mathematically analyse systems to enable engineering solutions to practical problems using specialised software tools;
  • Understand the practical aspects of operating engineering equipment to improve handling of safety, health and environmental issues such as chemical hazards and risks associated with different unit operations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Formulate, analyse and solve complex chemical engineering problems to support substantiated conclusions;
  • Apply theoretical and technical knowledge to solve real-life research, plant operational or management problems;
  • Develop an effective and achievable plan in the context of the chemical industrie
  • Critically evaluate solutions of numerical and practical chemical engineering problems.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

The choice of modules will determine the specific practical skills acquired.

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

  • Use experimental or numerical methods to generate data and solve complex chemical engineering problems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to qualitatively and quantitatively address specific areas of their discipline, ranging from process systems engineering to management or entrepreneurship;
  • Generate meaningful results, analyse and quantify data and present them in a scientific fashion;
  • Find and assess relevant chemical engineering literature, and use it effectively.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • Communicate effectively in verbal, written and visual forms;
  • Integrate and critically evaluate information from a range of sources;
  • Formulate and solve practical and IT problems which may be complex;
  • Organise and manage a programme of work independently;
  • Work effectively as part of a team.

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 modules (45 credits) 





Advanced Process Design and Optimisation



Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management



Strategic Management for Construction and Engineering



Optional modules Students should select one module (15 credits) 





Colloid Science and Engineering



Process Systems Engineering & Applied IT Practice



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

Compulsory module (60 credits) 





MSc Project



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

Optional modules Students should select two modules (Totalling 30 credits) 





Advanced Engineering Separations



Chemical Product Design



Mixing of Fluids and Particles



Downstream Processing



Clean Energy, Materials and Sustainability


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

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

Provision will be made in Accordance with Regulation XXI for candidates who have the right of re-examination to be reassessed in the University’s Special Assessment Period where modules allow

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

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