MSc/PgDip/PgCert Process Technology & Management (Distance Learning)

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 36 months part-time distance learning
    PgDip: 24 months part-time distance learning
    PgCert: 12 months part-time distance learning
  • Ranking: Number 4 in the UK for Chemical Engineering by Complete University Guide 2021

Study with us

  • a project and work-based approach is supported by online tutorials in which students and tutors can participate
  • opportunity to choose classes to meet your own learning objectives
  • for those working in chemical and process engineering roles and who want to include business and management in their study
  • fulfils the Masters degree requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng)

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Why this course?

The course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) – the global professional membership organisation for chemical engineering professionals.

It's suitable for graduates of related science and engineering disciplines who are working in chemical and process industries. For these students, there will be a chemical engineering conversion semester at the start of the course. 

A two-year postgraduate diploma option and one-year postgraduate certificate are also available.

What you'll study

Around 70% of the course content has a technical and engineering focus, with a mix of core and elective classes. There are also business and management classes in areas such as finance, strategy and project management. In your final year, you'll complete a major project in your place of work.

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Course content

Semester 1

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.

Process Analysis in Chemical Engineering

This module aims to:

  • consolidate and enhance your ability to understand and manipulate information in flow diagrams and stream tables
  • provide the conceptual framework for design principles in chemical engineering
  • build a comprehensive background for unsteady state processes

Semester 2

Understanding Financial Information

This module 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
Project Management

This module 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.

Advanced Process Design

The focus of this module is on the wider implications of process design.

Firstly you’ll explore how batch and semi-batch processes are represented and described. The second stage will look at the broader context or macro level in which process design takes place. The third part of the module focuses on defining chemical product design and showing the similarities and differences between CPD and process design.

Semester 1

Choose three from below in Semester 1

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
  • the approach to auditing safety management
  • the role of human factors
  • 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.

Petroleum Engineering

This module aims to:

  • introduce to the students the concepts of origin and formation of petroleum, types and quality of refinery feedstock and natural gas
  • provide detailed understanding of petroleum production processes from reservoir to export
  • introduce field development planning and economic assessment
  • introduce advanced topics in multiphase flow, flow assurance, and carbon capture and storage
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
Molecular Simulation in Chemical Engineering

The educational aims of this module are:

  • 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 a chemical engineering context
  • the theoretical framework that underlies molecular simulations, thermodynamics and most of chemeng, namely basic statistical mechanics
  • molecular simulation conventions
  • transferable skills useful for obtaining measurements from simulations, analysing data, and communication of technical data and ideas.
Electrochemical Energy Devices

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.

Clean Combustion Technologies

This module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of combustion engineering, and the concepts and applications of clean combustion technologies.

Molecular & Interfacial Science

This module aims to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of surface science and material properties, their underlying molecular origin, and their applications.

Semester 2

IT Strategy

In this course you'll learn about the relationship between IS/ICT and Corporate Strategy in various different ways. We'll talk about certain IS/ICT tools that require strategic considerations, that can support strategy making, whether there is such thing as IS/ICT strategy and, if yes, how it relates to the corporate strategy.

Business & Technology Strategy

This module 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'll 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
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
Individual Project

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

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

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Learning & teaching

The course is delivered via our virtual learning environment, Myplace.

Your lecturers will provide support through:

  • online tutorials
  • webinars
  • forums
  • email
  • telephone

Classes are taught by our academic staff, external consultants and industry specialists.

You're welcome to attend full-time lectures and tutorials and use the facilities on campus.


You'll be assessed using online tests and assignments. Your major project will be assessed by a written project report. You may also be required to attend a written exam.

Students from the UK

Students from the UK students will attend exams on campus, here in Glasgow. Occasionally, we may make an exception in compelling circumstances. This includes staff working in offshore installations. In these circumstances,  a suitable examination arrangement can be agreed with the University.

Students from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can take the exam at an approved international centre. 


You'll be based in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. We have state-of-the-art research laboratories that feature a comprehensive suite of experimental facilities including:

  • light scattering
  • spectroscopy
  • adsorption measurements
  • High-pressure viscometry

As a distance learning student, you'll have access to the University library online. You can borrow online books and download academic papers and journals. The library also offers a postal service for distance learning students.

Course awards

Our staff have been nominated in the annual University of Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards, voted for by Strathclyde’s students. Our staff have also received external awards from organisations such as the IChemE and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Ranked Top 10 in the UK for Chemical Engineering by Complete University Guide 2021

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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

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

If in doubt about the entry requirements, please email us at

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Fees & funding

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

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All students (Scotland/EU, Rest of UK & International)

Per year, as a graduating student undertaking the full degree

  • £4,900 (£820 per 10 credits)
Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course materials

We don't 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.

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

How can I fund my course?

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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.

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

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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.

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Whether you're planning to progress your career into engineering management, redevelop yourself as an engineer or move into a new industry – a Masters degree will expand your career opportunities. 

This MSc will also let you validate your skills and competency to employers. Through its accreditation by the Institute of Chemical Engineers, it can provide a route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Where are they now?

Job titles include 

  • Operations Director
  • Process Chemist
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Chemist
  • Senior Research Engineer
  • Senior Quality Officer
  • Concept Engineer
  • Engineering Manager 

Employers and sponsors include

  • BOC
  • BP
  • Centrica
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Glenmorangie
  • Johnson Mathey
  • Pfizer
  • Schlumberger 
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You'll be asked to set up an account with a password, after which you'll automatically be taken to the online application form. Please complete all sections of this, uploading copies of the following supporting documentation. The following items must be provided in order for an assessment of your application to be made:

  • a copy of the academic transcript and degree certificate for College and University qualifications
  • a full CV, detailing your employment history, outlining job titles, organisations worked for, and roles and responsibilities undertaken


  • name and email information for two nominated referees
  • a copy of your passport including photo page (international students only)

Start date: Sep 2022

Process Technology and Management

Start date: Sep 2022

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Contact us

Faculty of Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484