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 and other non-ideal systems, commonplace in formulated products such as food, 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 formulation engineering. You must choose 40-50 credits on formulation of food and industry 4.0 and big data. The above modules are complimented by a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to gain specific knowledge relating to topics such as bioprocessing, energy, engineering business, healthcare technology, fuel cells, and pharmaceutical product development and manufacture. 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.
Formulation modules – 40 credits
Optional modules – choose 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
Pharmaceutical Technology Theme
Healthcare Technology Theme
Food Safety Theme
Core Process Engineering Skills Theme
Hydrogen Energy Theme
Energy Systems and Policy
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.