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MScChemical Technology & Management (distance learning)

Why this course?

This part-time distance learning programme in Chemical Technology & Management was originally developed in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

This course meets the management and technical development needs of those working in the chemical, pharmaceutical and process industries. The programme is directed at people working as chemists in research and development, manufacturing and business management roles.

The course format is a three-year, postgraduate modular course with a major final year project completed in the employees' place of work. A two-year Diploma option and one-year PG certificate are also available.

You’ll study

The MSc Chemical Technology & Management and the MSc Process Technology & Management are delivered in parallel. Both courses have some of the same core and optional classes.

The modular approach to this course combines a designed core programme, with an element of choice that allows you to choose subjects relevant to you and your industry.

Your first semester will comprise of one class, the 30-credit Analytical Techniques for Industry. You’ll subsequently follow a programme of core management/business classes, and core and optional classes related to chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical and process technology.

Final project

You’ll normally take on this project in your own workplace allowing you to make practical use of the concepts learned throughout the course. The project is the main focus of the third year of the course. An academic supervisor with experience in your chosen project field will help you with the academic requirements of the project. The management and eventual conclusion of the project will be driven by you.

Course content

This MSc distance learning course has been designed to deliver in-depth knowledge and the skills required for your profession, while still allowing you to pick and choose classes to suit your own requirements and learning objectives. 

You'll study one 30-credit class, Analytical Techniques for Industry in the first semester, then three 10-credit classes in Semester 2 of first year. In Year 2, you’ll complete the remaining 60 credits of taught classes, before continuing in Year 3 to the final project. This will normally be undertaken in your workplace and will allow you to apply the knowledge learned in your first two years.


The class descriptions are intended as a guide only.

Please be aware that although the general content and aim of the class will remain the same, there may be changes to some content and assessment as the lecturer will continually update and develop the class.

Classes may also become unavailable from time to time, either through staff changes, or lack of demand. You should read this in conjunction with the current course regulations and student handbook.

Core technical classes

Analytical Techniques for Industry

This module will teach the following:

  • a general introduction to analytical science (compulsory)
  • Section 1: handling chemical data (compulsory)
  • Section 2: chromatography
  • Section 3: advanced separations
  • Section 4: UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • Section 5: near mid/IR spectroscopy
  • Section 6: raman spectroscopy
  • Section 7: mass spectroscopy
  • Section 8: nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Section 9: atomic & nuclear spectroscopy
  • Section 10: surface analysis & X-ray techniques
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
Multivariate Analysis & Process Analysis for Industry

This module will teach the following:

Determination of covariance in data sets; use of the product-moment correlation coefficient. The use of t-tests to assess the significance of correlation coefficient values.

Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Decomposition of chemical data sets; determination of scores and loadings matrices; geometrical interpretation of PCA; interpretation of scores, loading and eigenvalue data plots.

Review of univariate calibration. Introduction to multivariate regression: multiple linear regression methods (classical least squares (CLS) and inverse least squares (ILS)); principal component regression (PCR); partial least squares (PLS). Determination of regression coefficients and prediction of concentration in unknown samples using spectral data. Comparison of multivariate regression methods: key features, advantages and disadvantages.

Review of Design of Experiments. Use of multivariate regression for determination of coefficients relating to main effects and interactions.

Introduction to classification and cluster analysis of multivariate data. Comparison of methods.

Use of multivariate curve resolution (MCR) for analysis of spectral data.

Benefits of improved process monitoring and control; differences in requirements of laboratory and plant based instruments; off-line, on-line, at-line, in-line and non-invasive analysis; sampling and sample conditioning.

Aspects of on-line mass spectrometry for process monitoring.

Aspects of on-line Raman spectrometry for process monitoring.

Process monitoring by UV-visible spectrometry and the use of flow-injection analysis methodologies; examples of industrial applications.

Use of mid infra-red spectrometry for on-line process monitoring; industrial examples.

Use of near infra-red spectrometry for on-line process monitoring; industrial examples.

Process gas chromatography.

Process control requirements; combination of control and process monitoring; examples from an ethylene production plant - safety, product quality, environmental factors (will feature different techniques including gas chromatography).

Ethics, Sustainability & Environmental Engineering

This module aims to assist students to understand their role in engineering sustainability, environmental aspects and professional ethics and how these may influence their professional practice and will teach the following:

  • ethical dimensions to engineering problem solving; professionalism
  • codes of conduct; and obligations to the public; case studies engineering ethics
  • ethical frameworks; introduction to applied ethics
  • psychological aspects of decision making
  • history & global context of sustainable development
  • environmental engineering in the chemical & process industries
  • environmental legislation relevant to the chemical & process industries

Core management classes

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.

This module will teach the following:

  • introduction to project management & various methods & frameworks used in industry
  • overview of the PMBOK framework
  • overview of the PRINCE 2 methodology
  • project scheduling & the use of project management software
  • project management case studies
  • guided in-depth study of an aspect of project management in an area of interest to the student. For example risk, quality, planning etc
Business & Technology Strategy

This class aims to provide you with an understanding of how companies develop their business strategy and the role that technology development plays in that process. You will learn about:

  • organisation, missions/vision/objectives, strategy, environments
  • analysing the environments
  • the organisation, value chain, organisational structure and culture
  • assessment of strategic options
  • planning
  • implementation, success or failure
  • models & theory school overview
IT Strategy

This module aims to provide the students with understanding of the range of computerised information systems in contemporary organisations and the strategic use of these. The central theme of the class in not the computer but rather our picture of computers. The computer knowledge of the user is not only about how to use the computer but also when, ie for what, it is appropriate using them for. The students should get a picture about what is available in terms of computerised IS/ICT, acquiring the basic concepts, using which they can expand their knowledge in the future.

The module will teach the following:

  • databases, portals & the others
  • IS Design
  • IS/ICT, organisations & strategy
  • artificial intelligence & other Smart IS/ICT
  • knowledge-based expert systems

Optional classes

You'll choose two optional classes. You can choose from Chemical Technology & Management (MSc) classes and Process Technology & Management (MSc) classes.

Classes typically available as options include:

  • Safety Management Practices
  • Programming & Optimisation           
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Petrochemical Engineering
  • Multi-Phase Processing          
  • Modern Process Measurements
  • Membrane Technology
  • Molecular Simulation in Chemical Engineering       
  • Management of Technological Innovation   
  • Modern Process Measurements         
  • Membrane Technology          
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Hydraulics      
  • Boiler Thermal Hydraulics    
  • Introduction to Open Source CFD



Individual Project

This is the final assessment of the MSc programmes and is only taken by students in their final year of these degrees.

The module extends across the various advanced chemistry and business/management subjects taught during the course. You’ll explore an advanced technical issue and a business case within your industrial workplace.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through the web on our virtual learning environment called Myplace. Lecturers provide support through online tutorials, forums, email, telephone, and, if demand is sufficient, face-to-face on campus tutorials. 


Assessment is normally by assignment, project and occasionally online group work. Occasionally some classes will be assessed by a formal exam, but if you're not in the UK you can normally arrange an exam centre in your own country.

Entry requirements

  • normally at least a 2nd class Honours or higher, from a related BEng or BSc degree subject will be required to begin the course
  • other qualifications will be considered if they meet the same standard (though due to the large variety of qualifications a definite answer can only be given once a full application has been received)

Fees & funding


Fees listed below, unless stated otherwise, are per 60 credits; individual module fees are charged pro rata.

This course is over three years and requires 180 credits, so the fee below is an annual fee.


  • £4,900

Rest of UK

  • £4,900


  • £4,900

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Please note

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


A Masters degree will expand your career opportunities whether you're planning to progress your career into management, move into industrial or research chemistry, or move into a new industry.

Getting an MSc will provide you with a means to validate your skills and competency to your peers and employers.

A degree in Chemical Technology and Management is flexible and relevant to many industries. Using a modular approach allows prospective students to choose some of your own modules. As a student, you'll be able to tailor your degree to your own needs.

Relevant industries include food and drink, pharmaceutical, water treatment and more.

Contact us


If you wish to apply please use the link below to the online application system. You should upload copies of any qualifications you wish us to consider. A copy of your job description or a letter from your company outlining your responsibilities is also beneficial.

We will normally try to give a response within a few days but at busy times or holiday periods it may take two to three weeks for your application to be processed. If you are waiting any longer than four weeks for a response, please contact and we’ll investigate the delay.

Applying for the PgCert or PgDip

Please note that if you wish to apply for the Diploma or Certificate you should also use the MSc application link below and follow the same process as the MSc applicants.

All students who are accepted are offered a place on the MSc course will follow the same taught curriculum and can choose to exit with the desired qualification once the necessary module credits have been obtained.

Chemical Technology and Management - September

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

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