Chemical & Process Engineering Distance Learning & Apprenticeships

The department has a long history of industry focussed and distance learning degree programmes and CPD. Our programmes are flexible to fit in with your current job, family commitments or lifestyle.

Academic classes are delivered via distance and online learning, but include tutor support via forums, email and live webinars. Whether it is a Bachelor, Masters, or shorter CPD programmes you are looking for, we will have something to suit your professional needs and lifestyle. Our degree programmes and CPD options are outlined below, and please get in touch at if you have any queries.

BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering

This is primarily aimed at technicians or other people with a Higher National Certificate or Diploma in Chemical Engineering and relevant industry experience.

This degree may also be appropriate for candidates with a related engineering/science qualification who wish to transfer into Chemical Engineering.

For students who do not have the required pre-requisite chemical engineering knowledge a bridging programme is available.

The programme covers the fundamentals of Chemical Engineering and as it is accredited by the IChemE is suitable as the first stage of underpinning knowledge towards CEng (Chartered Engineer).


Degree Apprenticeship - Chemical Engineering

The new Degree Apprenticeship (DA) is based on a combination of our IChemE accredited BEng honours chemical engineering by distance learning, and the Science Industry Plant and Process Engineer (SIPPE) Standard. Apprentices are employed by a company in the chemical and process industries, following a SIPPE based training programme in the workplace, and the BEng honours chemical engineering, via distance learning.

The core of this degree apprenticeship is our online BEng honours programme, which was first developed at the request of local industry in 1992 and is currently the only IChemE accredited online BEng honours in Chemical Engineering. The DA programme is suitable for school leavers, or experienced employees moving into an engineering role. The online delivery of the programme requires minimal time away from the workplace. The DA is mapped to the SIPPE standard where apprentices are supported by mentors in the workplace, academic tutors and work based assessors from the University. The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde are now registering students for the September 2019 intake. Companies interested in discussing this should contact the course director Kenneth Moffat directly.

MSc Process Technology & Management

This programme is designed to meet the needs of chemical and process industries. It is aimed at Chemical Engineers or graduates of a related engineering or science discipline who are working in a Chemical or Process Engineering role and who are seeking an advanced technical qualification with some management/business content.

The course format is a three-year, postgraduate modular course with a major final year project completed in the employees' place of work. The course is fully accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and fulfils the Master’s degree requirement for Chartered Engineers.

MSc Chemical Technology & Management

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.

MSc Advanced Chemical and Process Engineering

The degree is designed to meet the needs of students who are in existing employment as chemical and process engineers and who are seeking an advanced degree in this field. The degree is designed to develop advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of chemical engineering, and chemical and process technology.

It may also be suitable for graduates of related science and engineering disciplines who are working in chemical and process industries, provided that they have enough background in chemical engineering.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All of the modules offered as part of the above courses can be taken as individual CPD modules. You can look through the course links to find modules of interest and contact the department if you wish to apply to follow a programme of modules as a non graduating student.