MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering

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Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Accreditation: Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Study mode and duration: MSc, 12 months full-time
  • The Independent Complete University Guide 2022: 5th in UK for Chemical Engineering

  • The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022: 4th in UK for Chemical Engineering

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  • develop your career in chemical and process industries
  • gain experience of best industry practice

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Why this course?

This course is aimed at engineering graduates from the UK and overseas who want to develop careers in the oil, gas, process and chemical industries. The course has a strong project-based approach and is relevant to the recruitment needs of a wide range of employers.

This course is one of the few MSc programmes to offer the module Safety Management Practices. It offers exposure to best industry practice and much required industrial training.

It meets accreditation requirements for the Institute of Chemical Engineers allowing graduates to apply for chartered engineer status.

Facilities

We're one of the largest chemical engineering departments in the country. Our state-of-the-art research laboratories include experimental facilities for light scattering, spectroscopy, adsorption measurements and high pressure viscometry.

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

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What you'll study

This is a modular course. The MSc requires eight taught modules and an individual research project. You'll work with our talented team of researchers on chemical engineering issues of the future.

A typical selection of classes offered on the programme are:

Chemical & Process Engineering

  • process design principles
  • safety management practices
  • energy systems
  • colloid engineering
  • multi-phase processing
  • petroleum engineering
  • environmental control technologies
  • process safety design
  • programming & optimisation

Multidisciplinary skills

  • project management
  • risk management
  • environmental assessment
  • financial engineering

If you want to study the same scope of subjects but be part a sustainable engineering programme, you should apply for the MSc Sustainable Engineering: Chemical Processing.

You’ll work on an individual research project with our highly talented team of leading researchers on chemical engineering issues of the future.

Guest lecturers

The department currently works with two industry based guest lecturers, who are leading practitioners within their field, and deliver modules relating to Safety Management, Petroleum Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Top 10 for Chemical Engineering. Complete University Guide 2022.
Top 10 for Chemical Engineering. Complete University Guide 2022.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.

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Course content

Course Director: Dr Katarzyna Sypek

A typical selection of classes offered on the programme are outlined below. Please note that these classes may be subject to change.

Process Design Principles

The focus of this module is on the principles of conceptual design and flowsheet development, which often represent the most difficult and challenging aspects of process design. The first stage is to define “design” and the associated terminology, and to show how this can be applied to both equipment and process selection. The second stage is to develop an appreciation of the hierarchical and structural methods of developing conceptual designs including the effective design of utility systems to reduce energy use.

The module will teach the following:

  • terminology of design
  • hierarchy of process design: block flow diagrams (BFDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs)
  • input-output structures of flowsheets
  • choice of reactors and separators
  • reaction, separation and recycle systems
  • hot and cold utility systems
  • energy utilisation to minimise utility and overall capital costs
  • retrofit design
  • batch process design
Advanced Process Design

Lecturer: TBC
Assessment:
exam (70%) and course work (30%)

The focus of this module is on the wider implications of process design. The first stage is to consider how batch and semi-batch processes are represented and described, including special factors when compared with continuous processes. This will also include start-up and shut-down procedures in continuous processes. 

The second stage will provide appreciation of the broader context or macro level in which process design takes place, and in particular looking at the conceptual phase which stakes cognisance of geography, stakeholders, politics, access to infrastructure, economic drivers, logistics, legislation etc., as some of the factors which influence the major process design decisions. The second stage will also provide a framework for how major projects are executed from conceptual to detailed design.

The third stage is to define chemical product design (CPD) and show the similarities/differences. The module will teach the following:

  • terminology of batch and semi-batch processes
  • design procedures for batch and semi-batch processes
  • consider case studies in which the geographical location is a key design factor
  • energy utilisation in batch and semi-batch processes
  • role of process simulators in process design
  • importance of project life-span
  • distinction between “commodity” chemical and chemical product
  • CPD and process design
Project scoping

Assessment: Project Proposal 100%

The module will cover the following items relevant to project scoping. These discussions will be embedded in supervisory discussions:

Safety, risk assessment and COSHH

Scientific document preparation using software and IT technologies relevant to the project: i.e. Microsoft office, imaging and statistical software, data presentation with relevant error  analysis, mathematical tools such as Matlab, Mathcad, LaTeX

Library skills

Databases such as e.g. web of science, web of knowledge, Scopus

Referencing using e.g. BibTeX

Proposal writing

Gantt charts and how to prepare them using e.g. xfig

Project costing

Ethical issues such as academic good practice and academic malpractice – ethics, plagiarism and sustainability

 

 

Individual project

Assessment: Project 100%

The module will teach the application of core and advanced chemical engineering principles within a research setting.

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to work across subject boundaries in response to specific technical problems
  2. have an critical awareness of how to develop a research model and have an ability to apply analytical and modelling tools and techniques appropriately to  a specific research problems
  3. be able to present a business case in support of proposals generated by research
Molecular Simulation in Chemical Engineering

Lecturer: Dr Jorge
Assessment:
coursework and one online test

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of how chemical engineering processes operate at a molecular scale and how the molecular scale eventually determines what happens at the process scale. It will emphasise the usefulness of molecular simulation in a chemical engineering context and discuss its power as a predictive tool.

The module will cover the theoretical framework that underlies molecular simulations, thermodynamics, and hence most of chemical engineering, namely basic statistical mechanics. It will also deepen students’ concepts of modelling engineering processes, in this case through molecular modelling and intermolecular potentials. Last, but not least, the module will further develop several transferrable skills that will be useful in students’ subsequent careers:

  • technical writing
  • team work
  • oral communication
  • data analysis
  • critical thinking
Petroleum Engineering

Lecturer: Mr Dedis
Assessment:
 coursework

This module aims to give students a good understanding of some fundamental aspects of the petroleum industry by covering the following topics:

  • reservoir characterisation and classification
  • properties of reservoir fluids
  • properties of reservoir rocks
  • flow through porous media
  • well performance
  • single and multi-phase pipe flow
  • artificial lift systems
Safety Management Practices

Lecturer: Mr Dedis
Assessment: case study review assessment in week 12

This module aims to provide an advanced level exposure to the role of management and management systems in safety and loss prevention. The module will cover:

  • an examination of some major incidents which have occurred over recent years and the breaches of the management systems in each case
  • introduction to the role of managers in safety and the environment and the meaning of managing for safety
  • review of the general structure of safety management systems and a general approach to auditing safety management
  • how to develop a site emergency plan and the skills needed to investigate accidents
  • the role of human factors in the process and the concept of inherently safety/less environmental harmful design
  • a review of the legal structure in Britain and of some of the major acts and regulations 
Programming & Optimisation

Lecturer: Dr Mulheran
Assessment:
coursework

This module aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of scientific programming and in particular its application to optimisation in engineering applications.

The module will teach the following:

  • getting started with Excel 2007 and the Visual Basic Editor
  • fundamentals of programming: if, do loops, arrays etc
  • algorithm development
  • house-keeping: communicating with spreadsheets
  • stochastic searches in one dimension
  • local versus global maxima
  • constraints
  • optimisation in higher dimensions
  • engineering applications
Molecular & Interfacial Science

Lecturer: Dr Lue
Assessment:
exam (70%) and coursework (30%)

This module aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of surface science, the relationship between a material’s properties and applications, and its underlying molecular structure and interactions. The module will teach the following:

  • surfaces and interfaces (adsorption, wetting, surface tension)
  • properties of gas-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces (surfactants, films, emulsions and membranes)
  • solid surfaces: gas-solid and liquid-solid interfaces (physical and chemical adsorption, thermodynamics of surfaces, heterogeneous catalysis, nanoparticles)
  • experimental techniques for studying solid surfaces and processes at interfaces
  • introduction to statistical mechanics (microstates, ensembles, partition function)
  • applications of statistical mechanics (ideal gas, equations of state, adsorption, blackbody radiation)
  • electronic properties of materials (band theory, metals, semiconductors)
  • applications in electronics: diodes and photovoltaic cells
  • surface reactions and catalysis (photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, quantum dots)
Clean Combustion Technologies

Lecturer: Dr Li
Assessment: 
exam (80%) and coursework (20%), including a presentation

This module aims to introduce the fundamentals of combustion engineering, and the concepts and applications of clean combustion technologies. The module will teach the following:

  • combustion chemistry and calculation of the adiabatic flame temperature
  • laminar & turbulent flames - the concepts of ignition, flame extinction and instabilities
  • getting started with solid fuel combustion, theoretical analysis of carbon particle combustion at the surface and intraparticle driven by mass and heat transfers
  • theory of gasification & pyrolysis - learn to build pyrolysis/gasification model of a single particle at various boundary conditions
  • key factors that affect gasification process and syngas upgrading technologies
  • combustion associated pollutant emissions, and their formation mechanisms and prediction
  • boiler designs, including CFB boiler and PC boiler & their performances
  • theory of the high temperature air combustion technology & its application

You will also get chances to conduct self-learning on three combustion-relevant advanced technologies:

  • integrate gasification combined cycle process
  • selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR)/selective catalytic reduction (SCR)
  • chemical looping combustion
Electrochemical Energy Devices

Lecturer: Dr Brightman

This module provides an overview of electrochemical energy conversion devices, including batteries, fuel cells and electrolysers for energy storage and generation.

The course will introduce important concepts in electrochemistry as applied to energy devices and will discuss engineering solutions for devices and systems.

The module will teach the following:

  • Thermodynamics - equilibrium electrochemistry and galvanic cells
  • Kinetics - Faraday’s Law and current-voltage relationship
  • Energy devices - overview of different battery, fuel cell and electrolysis technologies, including commercial/industrial applications and their place in the energy landscape
  • Device design, diagnostic methods and modelling
  • Technoeconomic aspects of the hydrogen economy and grid scale energy storage

Assessment: coursework (20%) and exam (80%)

Project Management

Lecturer: Dr Wong
Assessment:
coursework (50%) and project (50%)

This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to undertake the following learning outcomes:

  • demonstrate a good understanding of project management practices and practical skills to manage project scope
  • gain intellectual skills to apply various project planning, scheduling and controlling methods with respect to the project triple constraints: time, cost and quality
  • develop a good understanding of the inter-dependency between various project management knowledge areas
  • understand the importance of project stakeholders and their impact on project management

This will be achieved through the following key areas:

  • introduction to project management principles, concepts and processes
  • project management and organisations: organisational influences, project stakeholders, project team, and project life cycle
  • project scoping: project definition, project objectives, project deliverables, and work breakdown structure
  • project planning and scheduling: definition of events, activities and nodes, network diagram, analysis of critical path, PERT method, and use of industry standard software packages
  • project controlling: cost estimate, budget setting, risk identification and assessment, and contingency planning
  • case studies/practical examples in project management
Risk Analysis Management

Lecturers: Dr Megiddo & Professor Walls
Assessment:
coursework (50%) and examination (50%)

This module aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk management and risk-informed decision making.

Under health and safety legislation, and under the wider European Post-Seveso Directives, it is mandatory for many industries to carry out risk assessments with the aim of showing that risk is “as low as reasonably practicable”. Students will have the opportunity to learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to a variety of engineering examples.

The module is split into two distinct sections:

  • initially the focus will be on learning the modelling approaches and methods used by industry currently to manage risk
  • latterly we shall consider tools and techniques that are gaining popularity in industry but are not yet widespread

Throughout the module, the basic principles of uncertainty and consequence modelling are considered together with the tools and techniques required to apply these principles. Industry standard processes and software tools are discussed, and illustrated by relevant case studies.

Euan Fenelon, Director of Asset Management for Natural Power will present his experiences on applying and using risk analysis methods during his time with Scottish Power and Natural Power.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Lecturer: Dr João
Assessment:
examination (50%), coursework (3%) and project (47%)

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 provides an introduction to the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and evaluates how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions. The class draws principally on the UK planning context of environmental impact assessment of individual projects (project EIA), but also takes account of EIA experience in other countries and international organisations.

Participants evaluate the quality of environmental statements and of the EIA process using the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA) methodology. The class discusses how EIA can be used a proactive design tool for projects and how it can contribute to the enhancement of environmental, social and health issues. The class has the contribution of key practitioners in the field and includes different case studies such as mining, roads, and on-shore and off-shore windfarms.

Financial Engineering

Lecturer: Dr Zawdie
Assessment:
coursework (50%) and examination (50%)

This module explores financial options and strategies for ensuring the solvency and financial sustainability of business ventures. It covers topics including financial reporting and financial accounting in relation to the wider issues of corporate behaviour and corporate governance. Also covered are:

  • financial instruments
  • asset valuation
  • capital project financing and methods of raising capital
  • capital structure and gearing
  • financial risk management
  • elements of portfolio management
  • corporate business and financial strategies, including mergers, acquisitions and restructuring as aspects of financial engineering and corporate business management
The module will also look into the implications of the occurrence of financial crises at corporate, national and global levels for the financial engineering practice.
Environmental Engineering for Solving Industrial Challenges

Lecturer: Derek McNab

Assessment: 100% Coursework

This module aims to develop your understanding of environmental engineering for solving industrial challenges. Environmental engineering, in this module, is defined as the branch of engineering that is concerned with protecting the environment from the potential deleterious effects of industrial activity, protecting human populations from effects of adverse environmental factors, and improving environmental quality for human health and well-being.

The module will achieve these aims through providing you with:

  • an introduction to environmental engineering for chemical engineers working in industry
  • an understanding of the key pieces of environmental legislation for industry
  • an understanding of the resource efficient practices industry can adopt to reduce their environmental impact and operational cost
  • an understanding of the opportunities to industry from embracing the circular economy. An understanding of the pollution control technologies available to industry to reduce their environmental impact

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  1. Understand and describe the main environmental and legislative issues for chemical engineers working in the industrial sector.
  2. Understand the role of resource efficiency and the circular economy in making the industrial sector more sustainable.
  3. Understand and describe the main environmental technologies used for pollution control (and the scientific and engineering principles used) to reduce the environmental impact from contaminants arising from industrial activity in the air, land and water.

Recommended reading:

  • Fuel Cell Fundamentals (Ryan O'Hayre, Suk-Won Cha, Whitney Colella, Fritz B. Prinz)
  • Oxford Chemistry Primers: Electrode potentials (Richard G. Compton and Giles H. W. Sanders)
  • Electrochemical engineering (Thomas Francis Fuller and John Naim Harb)
Knowledge & Information Management for Engineers

Lecturer: Mr Ross Brisco

This module aims to give you:

  • an understanding of the types of knowledge, techniques and systems used in building knowledge-based systems and discussion on the application of these techniques; and,
  • an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information-based systems.

The module will teach the following in the context of examples related to Knowledge and Information Management:

  • introduction to knowledge based systems; knowledge representations; reasoning, chaining and searching
  • introduction to information systems; information input and retrieval; information modelling process and techniques; information normalisation; visual modelling; information structure and organisation; and integration of information systems

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge and Information Management.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge Models and Methods.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge Engineering and Development Processes.
  4. Design, develop, implement and report on an appropriate information system to meet the identified information requirements.

Recommended reading:

  • Designing Knowledge Based Systems”, T R Addis, Logan Page, 1985.
  • “What every engineer should know about Artificial Intelligence”, W A Taylor, MIT Press, 1988.
  • “Handbook of Artificial Intelligence”, Barr and Feigenbaum.
  • “Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach” - Roger S. Pressman: Fourth Edition, McGraw-Hill Companies,   October 1996
  • “Fundamentals of Database Systems” - R Elmasri and S B Navathe: 3rd Ed., The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co. Inc.

Learning & teaching

All classes are delivered over a 12-week period.

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

The Safety Management Practices module offers exposure to best industry practice and is one of a few MSc programmes to offer much required industrial training.

Assessment

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

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline.

Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience and ability to study at an advanced level.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

£8,850

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

£9,250

International

£21,850

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

  • lab coat roughly costs £10
  • safety glasses £3

We do not charge students for course notes, all course notes are uploaded to myplace and students have the facility to print if required (costs would be incurred by the student).

Recommended texts are communicated to the library - students may wish to purchase their own copies.

Other costs

Locker deposit (£10 refunded when locker no longer required).

Students are not required to purchase any specific software licenses – all software used is available on campus machines, either locally or remotely.

All consumables project costs are covered by the department.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

£9,250

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

£9,250

International

£23,050

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

  • lab coat roughly costs £10
  • safety glasses £3

We do not charge students for course notes, all course notes are uploaded to myplace and students have the facility to print if required (costs would be incurred by the student).

Recommended texts are communicated to the library - students may wish to purchase their own copies.

Other costs

Locker deposit (£10 refunded when locker no longer required).

Students are not required to purchase any specific software licenses – all software used is available on campus machines, either locally or remotely.

All consumables project costs are covered by the department.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships January

If you're applying for a postgraduate taught programme starting in January 2022, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 15% reduction of your tuition fees, which will typically be £3,280.

Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for a postgraduate taught programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in January 2022.

Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying. You must start your full-time postgraduate programme at Strathclyde in January 2022.

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