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 core modules are followed by optional modules in multiple diverse areas, reflecting the expertise of the school. The programme is designed to allow you to customise your learning experience and topics studied, to reflect your interests and next destination. The Advanced Chemical Engineering programme allows the most diversity, with students choosing 60 credits of optional modules from multiple themes.
These enable you to gain specific knowledge relating to topics that are the subject of current research within the school, such as bioprocessing, energy, engineering business, food processing, healthcare technology, pharmaceuticals, fuel cells, food and pharmaceutical product development. 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). 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).
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.
Optional modules – choose 60 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 are listed below:
Hydrogen Energy Theme
Food Engineering and Safety Theme
Pharmaceutical Technology Theme
Healthcare Technology Theme
Business Studies 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.