The MSc programme is a one-year full time course or can be taken part-time over two or more years. Taught modules are delivered in semesters 1 and 2. The programme starts with an introductory 10-credit module to introduce material that will be encountered in the programme. Depending upon your academic background, you will begin by studying the fundamental principles of either chemical engineering or the relevant biological science.
This is followed by 50 credits of multidisciplinary core modules that cover advanced concepts in chemical engineering that are relevant to multiple sectors. The properties of colloidal systems, commonplace in formulated products, are studied with a view to processing and characterisation. Techniques for measurement and characterisation of formulated products are investigated alongside experimental design in an engineering context. Use of biological systems for production of novel products is also covered.
The pathway modules are on the theme of energy. You must choose 40-60 credits on energy, encompassing themes such as fuel cells and their fuels, energy policy, renewable energy, energy systems design and modelling, and energy storage. You will be taught by world experts and gain experience of a wealth of applications in the energy area. The above modules are complimented by a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to gain specific knowledge relating to topics such as bioprocessing, engineering business, healthcare technology, and pharmaceuticals.
Safety, regulatory and quality issues applicable across the relevant industries are also considered. You will have the freedom to pick and choose modules from each theme (providing timetabling allows for this).
Finally, in the summer, Masters students undertake an original research project, working closely with a research group within the school. This allows you to consolidate your knowledge in a practical setting and develop practical research expertise. This brings the total credits for the MSc to 180.
If you have not taken a chemical engineering first degree, then you will take Process Engineering Fundamentals. Otherwise, you will take Bioscience for Graduates of other disciplines, which will give you the background you require in biological topics.
Energy modules – choose 40-60 credits
Optional modules – choose 10-20 credits
Modules from different themes can be combined within timetabling constraints. All modules are offered subject to sufficient enrolled students. All module descriptions are provisional and subject to minor change. Example optional modules are listed below:
Business Studies Theme
Core Process Engineering Skills Theme
Food Engineering and Safety Theme
Pharmaceutical Technology Theme
Healthcare Technology Theme
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.