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MSc/PgDip/PgCertAdvanced Chemical & Process Engineering

Why this course?

This course is mainly for engineering students 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.

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

Our 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.

You’ll study

This is a modular course. To gain the Postgraduate Certificate you need to pass six modules.

The Diploma requires eight taught modules and a group project.

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

The key areas of 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
    • emerging technologies
    • programming & optimisation

Multidisciplinary Skills

    • project management
    • risk management
    • information management
    • understanding financial information

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 pathway.

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


We're one of the largest chemical engineering departments in the country.

We have new state-of-the-art research laboratories. These 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.


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

Guest lecturers

In the Emerging Technologies modules you’ll benefit from external speakers who are leading practitioners in their field.

Course content

Process Design Principles

The focus of this class 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 class 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. It'll also involve developing Site Emergency Plans and Accident Investigation skills, as well as a review of legal structure for the UK.

Energy Systems
Colloid Engineering
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
Environmental Control Technologies
Process Safety Design

This module looks at how the designs of chemical processes are influenced by standard control and alarm systems that ensure process safety.

The focus is on how to allow for transient events that occur during start-up/shutdown and process upsets. The course draws on various international design codes and current codes of practice used in the petrochemical and oil/gas exploration and processing industries.

Visiting Professors will introduce industrial case studies to highlight elements from the syllabus and demonstrate the learning outcomes of this module.

Emerging Technologies

This class is an introduction to key research areas across chemical engineering and chemistry that are of industrial importance in the medium term.

It'll 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.

Programming & Optimisation

This module aims to provide you with a fundamental understanding of scientific programming. In particular, its application to optimisation in engineering applications. The module will teach you to:

  • develop algorithms to solve optimisation tasks
  • present working Excel spreadsheets tackling optimisation tasks in a form suitable for other engineers to use
Project Management

This class aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in project management. There's a focus on the effective and efficient use of resources.

Risk Management

Under Health and Safety legislation, and under the wider European Post-Seveso Directives, it's mandatory for many industries to carry out risk assessments with the aim of showing that risk is “As Low As Reasonably Practicable”.

This module aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. You'll 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 variety of engineering examples.

Information Management

This module 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. Also to acquire a basic understanding of information storage, retrieval, and systems.

In addition to this it will provide an appreciation and basic skills in the process of developing information systems. It will also familiarise you with information technology, how to model and use information and an introduction into a way of representing information on a computer based system.

Understanding Financial Information
This class aims to provide you with an appreciation of how companies manage and report financial information. You'll 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

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


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

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree, or 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.

English Language Requirements for International Students

IELTS - minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). 

The University offers Pre-sessional English language programmes for students who do not meet the criteria.

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 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 will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


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


  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250*


  • £18,750

*Postgraduate taught engineering students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands will receive a £3,000 scholarship towards the cost of their fees (applies only to students not already in receipt of any other fees scholarship).

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


There is growing demand for high-calibre graduates who can develop and apply advanced process technologies in chemical and process industries.

Some students may be eligible to apply for PhD places in the department and across the Engineering faculty.

How much will I earn?

  • The average graduate starting salary for a chemical engineer is £28,000*.
  • The average salary for chemical engineers with experience is £53,000*.
  • Chartered chemical engineers can earn £70,000* plus.

*Information is intended only as a guide. 

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Advanced Chemical and Process Engineering

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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