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 such as food, are studied with a view to processing and characterisation. Techniques for measurement and characterisation are investigated alongside experimental design in an engineering context. Use of biological systems for production of novel products is also covered.
The 40-60 credits of pathway modules are on the theme of healthcare technology. These modules cover various aspects of the field – from tissue engineering and generating new organs, through sensors for earlier diagnosis of disease, biomaterials, medical devices, to 3D printing of custom implants. You will be taught by world experts and gain experience of a wealth of applications in the healthcare technologies 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, pharmaceuticals and engineering business. Safety, regulatory and quality issues applicable across the relevant industries are also considered.
In the summer semester, each student on the MSc programme will then undertake an individual project in a research area of their choice within one of the School’s internationally recognised research groups. 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.
Pathway modules - choose 40-60 credits
Optional modules – choose 0-20 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:
Pharmaceutical Technology Theme
Business Studies Theme
Food Engineering and Safety Theme
Hydrogen Energy Theme
Core Process Engineering Skills 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.