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
    PgDip: 24 months, part-time
    PgCert: 12 months, part-time
  • Part-time study: the course is designed specifically for part-time distance learning

  • 4th in the UK (1st in Scotland) for Chemical Engineering (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Study with us

  • part-time online/distance learning course designed specifically for engineers working full time in industry
  • meets the technical and business development needs of engineers working in the chemical, pharmaceutical, process and other related sectors
  • work based project in final year gives payback to employer and demonstrates real world applicability of learning


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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 designed specifically for graduates of related science and engineering disciplines who are working in chemical and process industries, with all of the taught content delivered online via our virtual learning environment. The first semester focusses on Chemical Engineering fundamentals, as a refresher for those who have a Chemical Engineering background, and conversion for students of other science and engineering disciplines. Your work based final project will be supervised by one of our world class academics and will give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a real-world problem that is relevant to your employer.

You may choose to exit the course with a postgraduate diploma after two years, or postgraduate certificate at the end of the first year. You may transfer between MSc Chemical Technology and Management and MSc Advanced Chemical and Process Engineering, provided that you do so before the end of the first semester.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you'll study

The MSc Process Technology & Management, MSc Chemical Technology & Management and MSc Advanced Chemical and Process Engineering are delivered in parallel. All three courses draw from a pool of Advanced Chemical Engineering and Business/Management, but with a slightly different combination of core and optional classes depending on the programme and the professional requirements of the student. The relationship between these three programmes enables you to transfer between, provided that you do so before the end of the first semester.

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.

In your first semester, you'll take the 10-credit Process Design and 20-credit Process Analysis for Chemical Engineering. 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.

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Course content

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

In your first semester you'll study Process Analysis in Chemical Engineering, and Process Design Principles. These are designed as revision and levelling for those who have a Chemical Engineering background, and conversion for students of other science and engineering disciplines. For the remainder of years 1 and 2 you'll study a mix of Advanced Chemical Engineering and Business/Management classes, with the opportunity to customise your degree with optional classes in the second year.

In the final year you'll complete a project in your workplace, which combines your industry experience with your learning from the previous 2 years.


The class descriptions are intended as a guide. Please note that although the general content and aim of the classes will remain the same, there may be changes to some content and assessment. Classes on offer may occasionally change.

Semester 1

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

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

Advanced Process Design

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 between CPD and process design.

Understanding Financial Information

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of how companies manage and report financial information. On completion of this module you're expected to be able:

  • read and interpret the financial reports that are published by companies and understand the links between the cash flow, expenditure and the profit reported
  • be aware of the implications of budgets and budgeting in order to exercise control within the organisation and understand the issues involved in determining the cost of a product or service
  • be familiar with the techniques that are used in the decision making process in respect of both short-term and capital investment decisions

Semester 1

Three options to be chosen from below:

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.

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 & Interfacial Science

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

The module will teach you to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and quantitative understanding of the processes that take place at interfaces and their applications
  • knowledge of experimental techniques used to study and engineer interfaces
  • a quantitative understanding of the link between molecular-scale structure and interactions and the macroscopic properties of a material
  • knowledge of how the microscopic properties of a material are exploited in applications

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

Clean Combustion Technologies

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

The module will teach you to:

  • calculate key parameters of gaseous flames and analyse solid fuel combustion processes
  • analyse the mechanism of pollutants formation along with combustion process control methods
  • evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of combustion technologies

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

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.

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

  • describe the main devices for electrochemical energy conversion and their uses in industries, transport and energy systems.
  • describe the half cell reactions involved in fuel cells, electrolysers and redox flow batteries
  • understand basic diagnostic tools used in electrochemical device development

Semester 2

Project Management

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and skills relating to Project Management. The classes introduces methods of frameworks that are commonly used in business and industry, and teaches Project Management principles through this lens. Software relating to construction of Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and Project scheduling is also introduced.

IT Systems & Strategy

This module aims to provide you with understanding of the range of computerised information systems in contemporary organisations and the strategic use of these. The central theme of the class is 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, i.e. for what, it is appropriate using them for. You should get a picture about what is available in terms of computerised IS/ICT, acquiring the basic concepts, using which you can expand your knowledge in the future.

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

  • distinguish databases from knowledge bases and understand when is one needed and when the other
  • build and use knowledge bases
  • acquire the basic techniques of IS/ICT design including practical experience using structured methods
  • explore some implications of the strategic view of IS/ICT

Business & Technology Strategy

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of how companies develop their business strategy and the role that technology development plays in that process.

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

  • gain an overview of the competitive environment and wider external environment
  • understand how technology development has influenced company’s strategy 
  • be able to carry out analysis of technology strategic development using international strategy models

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.

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.

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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.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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All students (Scotland, England, Wales, N. Ireland & International)

£5,100 (£850 per 10 credit module)

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course materials: 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.

Examinations: there may be in person exams as part of your course. We don’t charge for examinations on campus, but if you are unable to come to Glasgow to sit exams, you will need to arrange a local examination centre, and it is likely that you will incur local invigilation costs. Please contact us if you would like more information.

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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During the application process, you're required to upload the following supporting documents. If these are not provided, we'll not be able to process your application:

  • certified individual semester mark sheets/academic transcript showing subjects taken and grades achieved for all qualifications
    • if still studying, provide individual semester mark sheets to date
  • certified degree certificate for all qualifications
    • if still studying, provide this after completing the qualification
  • provide evidence of suitable English language proficiency if English is not your first language, or you're not from a “UKVI recognised "Majority English Speaking" country”; check the University’s language requirements
  • if you have been out of full-time education for over two years, provide a CV, detailing employment history, organisations worked for and a brief description of roles and responsibilities
  • a copy of your passport containing your photo and passport number
  • a copy of your sponsor letter/scholarship award (if appropriate) 
  • names, job titles and email addresses for two nominated referees

Start date: Sep 2024

Process Technology and Management

Start date: Sep 2024

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Contact us

Faculty of Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484