Advanced Chemical Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma

Chemical engineering is dynamic and evolving, and today extends far beyond its roots in oil and gas processing. It provides many solutions to problems facing the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, oil, energy and food and drink sectors. It is also fundamental to many issues affecting our quality of life – such as better processes to reduce the environmental burden, and longer lasting food – all of which depend on the right combination of chemistry, ingredients and processing.

This programme focuses on exploring the aspects of chemical engineering that deal with the design and development of formulated products, such as food and pharmaceuticals. Our graduates are well prepared for a career in a variety of industries and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for chemical engineers.

Professor Mike Adams, Unilever

Professor of Product Engineering and Manufacture

“"There is an unprecedented growth in the demand for formulated products such as fuel cell technology, pharmaceuticals and foods that require the application of cutting-edge science and engineering to meet the quality assurance and sustainability standards that are expected by legislation and consumers."”

This programme focuses on exploring the aspects of chemical engineering that deal with the design and development of formulated products, such as food and pharmaceuticals. Our graduates are well prepared for a career in a variety of industries and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for chemical engineers.

In the autumn and spring semesters, you will study 5 compulsory core modules and 60 credits of optional modules. 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.

The multidisciplinary core modules cover the fundamental science and engineering underpinning the design of sophisticated formulated products. Depending upon your academic background, you will begin by studying the fundamental principles of either chemical engineering or the relevant biological science.

A wide range of optional modules enables you to gain specific knowledge relating to fuel cells, food and/or pharmaceutical product development. Safety, regulatory and quality issues applicable across the relevant industries are also considered. Core skill modules are topics that may be applied across all themed areas.

You may also choose to study business and management modules, or develop mathematical modelling skills. You will have the freedom to pick and choose modules from each theme (providing timetabling allows for this).

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Why study this course

In this course we consider the important aspects of chemical engineering in the 21st century that address the issues of the design and development of key formulated products such as fuel cells, food and pharmaceuticals.

Our themes enable you to specialise in areas of chemical and process engineering that interest you; from the production and formulation of pharmaceuticals, formulation of structured food products, hydrogen energy and the business surrounding chemical and process engineering.

Research strengths

Our research strengths are in the design and characterisation of products, heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, particle technology and materials engineering across chemical, biological and physical systems. We collaborate with world-class industry and leading edge engineering and science departments, both nationally and internationally.

Why choose Birmingham?

  • Explore important aspects of modern chemical engineering, addressing the design and development of key formulated products such as fuel cells, food and pharmaceuticals
  • Specialise in areas that interest you, from the production of pharmaceuticals and formulation of structured food products, to hydrogen energy and the business surrounding chemical and process engineering
  • Benefit from our collaborations with world-class industry partners, and international, leading-edge engineering and science departments
  • This programme is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • The School has a first-class reputation in learning, teaching and research, and is highly placed in both The Guardian and The Times league tables

Modules

This course consists of 180 credits: 60 credits from the five core compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules and a 60-credit research project carried out with one of our research teams (MSc only).

The programme has options in Food Processing, Pharmaceutical Technology, Healthcare Technology, Energy, Core Process Engineering skills and Business Studies, subject to timetabling constraints.

Some modules advertised currently may be subject to change, either in terms of the module content as stated below, or in terms of if the module will be available for this programme (due to staff changes, timetable changes, etc).

Introductory modules

These modules will be timetabled to allow students to attend both if required. However, only one will be formally assessed as agreed with the course director.

Core modules:

Optional modules – choose 60 credits (MSc & Diploma)

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 are listed below:

Hydrogen Energy Theme

Food Engineering and Safety Theme

Pharmaceutical Technology Theme

Healthcare Technology Theme

Business Studies Theme

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2019/20

MSc:  Full-time £9,540. Part-time £4,770
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,360. Part-time £3,180
For further information please view the fees and funding page. 

Tuition fees for International students 2019/20

MSc: Full time £21,690
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £14,460
For further information please view the fees for international students page.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

  

For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry with sufficient Mathematics). Learn more about entry requirements.  

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about  international entry requirements

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with 5.5 minimum band score
  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • PTE Academic: 51 in all four skills

Further information about postgraduate English language requirements, including alternative qualifications considered and Pre-Sessional English.

How to apply

International applicants requiring visas

Monday 01 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date; a new application should be made for 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 in October 2019. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

UK/EU and non-Tier 4 applicants

The application deadline is Thursday 12 September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2020 on Monday 30 September 2019.

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Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham is a chance to learn from world leaders in their fields. This guarantees you a first-class learning experience, leading to a qualification that is respected the world over and making you an attractive prospect in a very competitive job market.

This programme comprises 120 credits of short-course taught modules (60 credits of core and 60 credits of optional) and a 60 credit research project carried out with one of the department's research teams (MSc only). The programme has options in Food Processing, Pharmaceutical Technology and Business Studies.  

The MSc is a 12-month full-time advanced course, comprising lectures, laboratory work, short experimental projects and a research project. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis over two or three years.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) lasts for eight months and does not include the research project. Modules are also available individually to fulfil continuing professional development needs.

There is a great demand for chemical engineers in industry worldwide. This course gives you a professional basis for a career in a variety of industries.

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