MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering degree

Qualifications available: MSc

Entry requirements
2:1 +
1 year
Not available
Start date
September 2020
UK / EU fee
International fee
Application status

We've made some changes to our master's degrees to provide reassurance and flexibility for applicants wishing to join us in 2020/21. Read our options to start a master's degree in 2020/21 to find out more.


Our MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering addresses recent developments in the global chemical industry to provide our graduates with a skill set that puts them amongst the strongest candidates in the field.

This Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc programme is designed to advance your knowledge in chemical and 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. You will encounter the latest technologies available to the process industries and will be exposed to a broad range of crucial operations and optimisation methods. Exposure to advanced tools and methods is our key to success.

£4 million has been invested in the redevelopment of the department’s laboratories including a pilot plant, computer laboratories, and an ‘igloo’ – a 3D virtual training facility in collaboration with BP. The new STEMLab, a state-of-the-art learning facility, provides a design studio, computer aided engineering studio (class teaching of engineering software), an instruments room, and a range of synthesis, characterisation, processing and bio engineering laboratories.

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering programme is ideal for graduates interested in careeers in chemical, biochemical, food, water, energy and pharmaceutical industries. The Advanced Chemical Engineering programme will enable you to develop a high level of industry specific skills, both in computational methods and modelling, to further develop and fine-tune your transferable skills. This places our graduates amongst the strongest in the field.

Why you should choose us

Why you should study this degree

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

What you'll study

Our Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc programme has been developed to give you a solid understanding of recent developments in the global chemical industry by focusing on advancements of information technology and business management skills.


Students will develop knowledge on core and advanced chemical engineering subjects which may include:

  • Advanced Engineering Separations
  • Modelling of Chemical Engineering Systems

Optional study areas will help you tailor the MSc programme and may include:

  • Clean Energy and Sustainability
  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering
  • Intensification
  • Interface and Colloid Science
  • Advanced Process Optimisation

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of exams, coursework, class presentations and a substantial project.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops

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 MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering graduates can play a key role in developing the technologies that will enhance our health and standard of living as well as the sustainability of various industrial sectors. Their role may involve the development of new processes, products or materials in a broad range of industries including but not limited to food and pharmaceuticals. They may also work in water treatment, renewable energy and process systems engineering sectors.

Graduate destinations

Recent Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc graduate destinations include:

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

Your Personal Development

Our Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc programme will help you further develop transferable skills including:

  • capacity to learn
  • IT
  • project management
  • effective presentation
  • numerical ability
  • critical appraisal
  • problem solving
  • report writing

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.