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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Sustainable Engineering: Chemical Processing

Why this course?

Chemical Processing is one of the themes in our Engineering Faculty's multidisciplinary postgraduate training package in sustainable engineering

The course is open to full-time and part-time students wanting to take up careers in industry. It’s also open to industrial staff seeking continuing professional development

You’ll study

The MSc requires you to take eight taught modules. You'll take four in chemical & process engineering, two in sustainability/environmental and two in multidisciplinary skills.

Successful completion of six modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Group project

You’ll work with a group of students from different pathways of the Sustainable Engineering programme. You’ll produce sustainable solutions to real-life industry problems. This project will include site visits, field trips and progress reports to industry partners.

Successful completion of eight modules and the group project leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Individual project

An individual research project is offered where you'll be working with our highly talented team of leading researchers on chemical engineering issues of the future.

MSc students will study a selected topic in depth and submit a thesis.

Successful completion of eight modules, the group project and an individual project leads to the award of an MSc.

Facilities

We have state-of-the-art research laboratories housing a comprehensive suite of experimental facilities. These range from light scattering to spectroscopy to adsorption measurements to high pressure viscometry.

The department also specialises in advanced computational modelling. This is looking at materials and processes on all scales from the atomic to the macroscopic.

You'll have access to the department's own dedicated computer suite which is installed with industry standard software..

Accreditation

The programme meets accreditation requirements for the Institute of Chemical Engineers which would allow graduates to apply for chartered engineer status.

Course content

You must take three specialist modules if you’re studying for the Postgraduate Certificate and up to five if you’re studying for a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Successful completion of six modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Process Design Principles

The focus of this module is on the principles of conceptual design and flowsheet development.

You’ll focus on defining “design” and the associated terminology, and showing how this can be applied to equipment and process selection.

You’ll also develop an understanding of the hierarchical and structural methods of developing conceptual designs including the effective design of utility systems to reduce energy use.
Safety Management Practices

This module provides you with an advanced level exposure to the role of management and management systems in safety and loss prevention.

It will involve in-depth analysis of major incidents in recent history: pinpointing the structure of Safety Management Systems, approach to Auditing Safety Management, the role of Human Factors, and the process and concept of safe design. This course will also involve developing Site Emergency Plans and Accident Investigation skills, as well as a review of legal structure for the UK.

Multi-phase Processing

This module helps you to understand important concepts and principles in multi-phase processes and their application to chemical engineering. The concepts are limited to those involving only incompressible Newtonian fluids with flow through circular pipes and simple mixing in tanks.

Petrochemical Engineering

This module will look at:

  • the concepts of origin and formation of petroleum, and types and quality of refinery feedstock and products
  • various sections of petroleum processing in refineries
  • refinery economics and planning
  • advanced topics in petrochemical engineering such as catalyst development, desulphurisation, pollution control and hydrogen production
Membrane Technology

This module aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of membrane technology including:

  • advanced systems and processes for manufacture
  • research and innovation in novel applications and materials
  • markets and applications, particularly emerging applications
  • theoretical models describing membrane performance
Fuel Cells

This module provides you with an introduction to the fuel cell industry. The module covers:

  • technical aspects like construction
  • choice of materials
  • different electrolytes
  • potential outputs
  • alternative fuel cycle
  • waste
  • sustainability
Emerging Technologies

This module is an introduction to key research areas across Chemical Engineering and Chemistry that are of industrial importance in the medium term. It will include a range of advanced technologies that support the innovation, design and development of processes that are more efficient, cleaner and have a reduced impact on the environment.

Molecular Simulation in Chemical Engineering

This module looks at:

  • how chemical engineering processes operate at a molecular scale and how the molecular scale eventually determines what happens at the process scale
  • the usefulness of molecular simulation in chemical engineering
  • the theoretical framework that underlies molecular simulations, thermodynamics and basic statistical mechanics
  • molecular simulation conventions
  • transferable skills useful for obtaining measurements from simulations, analysing data and communication of technical data and ideas
Nuclear Engineering

This module gives you an introduction to the nuclear industry. The module covers:

  • radiation - fission & fusion
  • reactor technology
  • shielding
  • health physics
  • nuclear fuel cycle
  • nuclear waste
  • nuclear proliferation
  • safety
  • sustainability
Model-based Process Control

This module covers part of the requirements necessary for the IChemE’s new Process Automation Specialist syllabus. The module is directed at advanced control techniques and is particularly concerned with process modelling and then the use of such models in model-based control schemes.

Sustainability

This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. The social, environmental and economic impact of development strategies will be identified and the mitigation of negative impacts discussed.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) relates to the process of identifying, evaluating, and mitigating the biophysical, social, economic, cultural and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made. This class aims to provide you with an introduction to some of the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and to see how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions.

The class emphasises the use of EIA as a design tool and focuses on issues related to the quality of the EIA process overall and of Environmental Impact Statements in particular. The class draws principally on the UK planning context of environmental impact assessment (also called Environmental Assessment), but also takes account of EIA experience in other countries and international organisations, together with developing international experience of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

Project Management
This class aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in Project Management with particular respect to the effective and efficient use of resources.
Risk Management
Information Management

This class aims to give you an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information based systems.

In particular to:

  • introduce you to the software engineering process, identifying information requirements and visual modelling
  • acquire a basic understanding of information storage, retrieval, and systems
  • provide an appreciation and basic skills in the process of developing information systems
  • familiarise you with information technology, how to model and use information and in introduction into a way of representing information on a computer based system
Understanding Financial Information
This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of how companies manage and report financial information. You will learn about:
  • the nature and form of a company’s financial statements
  • the interpretation of financial reports
  • budgets and budgeting
  • the behaviour of costs and the implications for short-term decisions
  • calculating the cost of products and services and an understanding of the cost allocation problem
  • project evaluation techniques

Learning & teaching

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • group work
  • debating
  • computer- aided learning

All classes are delivered over a twelve week period.

The Emerging Technologies module makes extensive use of external speakers who are leading practitioners in their field.

The Safety Management Practices module gives you exposure to best industry practice and our course is one of a few MSc programmes to offer this amount of required industrial training.

Assessment

Assessment is through a balanced work load of class based assessment, individual & group based projects and exams.

Group project

You’ll work with a group of students from different pathways of the Sustainable Engineering programme. You’ll produce sustainable solutions to real-life industry problems. This project will include site visits, field trips and progress reports to industry partners.

Successful completion of eight modules and the group project leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Individual project

An individual research project is offered where you'll be working with our highly talented team of leading researchers on chemical engineering issues of the future.

MSc students will study a selected topic in depth and submit a thesis.

Successful completion of eight modules, the group project and an individual project leads to the award of an MSc.

Entry requirements

First degree or other qualification equivalent to an Honours degree in a relevant chemical engineering, technology or science discipline. Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

2015/16 - £4,500

Rest of UK

2015/16 - £9,000

International

2015/16 - £16,700

How can I fund my course?

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Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Careers

Graduates from this course are welcome in a wide variety of petrochemical, oil & gas, energy and environmental companies. They're also eligible to PhD places in the department and across the engineering faculty.

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