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Advanced Process Design for Energy MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

To study MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate you will need a 2(i) (upper second class honours) first degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications/experience.  Applicants with a 2(ii) will be considered and are welcome to apply.

Examples of relevant disciplines for your first degree are: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial chemistry, environmental engineering, food engineering, petroleum engineering and chemistry.  Please enquire if you are not sure whether your first degree is suitable. However contents in first degrees vary and we require relevant transcripts to evaluate suitability.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

We all care about what the world will be like for future generations and the effect of our use of energy on the environment.  It's an international issue and climate change, greenhouse gas, our carbon footprint and acid rain are all hot topics for debate - they appear in the media on a regular basis.   The issue is taken seriously by many major multi-national companies - energy efficiency makes them more competitive and helps them fulfil their duty to society.

  • You examine a series of processing steps and how they interconnect to form a complete system which transforms raw materials into desired products with minimal cost and environmental harm.
  • Decisions made during the conceptual stage of design are critical to the final environmental impact, safety, quality and economic viability of the process - therefore a lot of emphasis is placed on conceptual design.
  • You learn how to build, solve and validate mathematical models for the simulation, optimisation and control of chemical processes and use design and modelling software such as Hysys, ProII, Matlab and Aspenplus.

Who will benefit?

The course is for recently graduated scientists and engineers who are interested in developing their understanding of chemical process design and finding out how good design can have a favourable effect on energy use and the environment.

How will you benefit?

  • Advanced training in the most recent principles and concepts of process design ensure you are up to date with the most progressive ideas in the field
  • Regular feedback from senior businessmen and women from prestigious international companies mean that the course is considered to be of high quality and extremely relevant to industry
  • The qualification you gain will be recognised all around the world and the excellent reputation of the course amongst employers mean that you will immediately enhance your career prospects
  • Training in the use of process simulation software and other software tools means that you graduate with skills which are highly useful to employers
  • The availability of e-learning material enables you to plan your time to study at your own pace - and you can choose between studying full-time at the University or part-time through distance learning
  • You will gain many other skills to make you more employable such as report writing, time management and the ability to make presentations
  • There is the flexibility to choose whether you study for an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or even a single Unit as a stand alone short course


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £20,100

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The University's postgraduate Scholarships Scheme is aimed at self-funding students from the UK/EU holding an offer of a place on a master's course beginning in September 2014. Students should have or expect to achieve a First Class or 2.1 honours degree and will also be required to meet additional criteria - please see for further information about the scheme and full eligibility criteria. The closing date for applications is 2nd June 2014.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Contact name
Miss Lisa Ogden
+44 (0)161 306 4149
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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