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MSc Advanced Process Integration and Design
Advanced degree in chemical engineering focusing on process modelling, design, optimisation and integration.

MSc Advanced Process Integration and Design / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 months Full Time
Entry requirements
To study MSc you will need a 2(i) (upper second class honours) first degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications/experience.  Applicants with a high 2(ii) will be considered and are welcome to apply.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

The MSc in Advanced Process Integration and Design is an advanced degree in chemical engineering that focuses on modelling, design, optimisation and integration of chemical processes. The programme focuses on industrially-relevant problems and priorities, including efficient use of energy, raw materials and equipment, and minimisation of waste and emissions.

Students on this course learn skills for the design of clean and efficient chemical processes. These techniques are already widely used in such contexts as power and heat production, including oil and gas processing and large-scale petrochemical processes. They are also applicable to emerging technologies such as renewable energy, biofuel production and carbon capture. In taught units and/or the research project, students may gain skills and experience in the use of commercially-applied software for process simulation and optimisation.

This MSc degree programme grew out of the research of the Centre for Process Integration in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. The best-known of this research is `pinch analysis', which enables systematic enhancement of energy efficiency through heat recovery in chemical processes. Our other research in the programme includes design methods for heat-integrated distillation processes, optimal operation of site steam systems, and for maximising use and reuse of hydrogen in petroleum refineries.

Overview of course structure and content

In the first two trimesters (September to May), students take 6 taught course units on advanced process design, out of a set of 7 or 8:- Energy Systems; Utility Systems; Distributed and Renewable Energy Systems; Computer Aided Process Design; Distillation System Design; Reactor Systems Design; Water Systems. Two further course units develop essential skills for research and lead to development of a research proposal on a topic that develops further knowledge of and skills for process integration.

During the summer trimester (June to September), students carry out a supervised research project. Through investigating the specific research problem, students develop additional knowledge and skills in process modelling, design, optimisation and integration. Recent research topics include:

  • Petroleum refinery hydrotreating processes.
  • Organic rankine cycles for upgrading low-temperature waste heat.
  • Combined heat-and-power generation from waste.
  • Heat recovery steam generators.
  • Hybrid membrane-distillation processes.
  • Enhancement of heat exchangers.
  • Biorefinery design and integration.

Who will benefit from the course?

Graduate chemical engineers who...

  • Aim to obtain a higher level qualification in advanced chemical engineering.
  • Intend to deepen their knowledge and skills for chemical process design.
  • Seek to enhance their career prospects in the chemical process industries.
  • Hope to gain training in and experience of carrying out research, starting with a project focusing on chemical process design and integration.

Industrial relevance of the course

A key feature of the course is the applicability and relevance of the learning to the process industries. The programme is underpinned by research activities in the Centre for Process Integration within the School. This research focuses on energy efficiency, the efficient use of raw materials, the reduction of emissions reduction and operability in the process industries. Much of this research has been supported financially by the Process Integration Research Consortium for over 30 years. Course units are updated regularly to reflect emerging research and design technologies developed at the University of Manchester and also from other research groups worldwide contributing to the field.

The research results have been transferred to industry via research communications, training and software leading to successful industrial application of the new methodologies. The Research Consortium continues to support research in process integration and design in Manchester, identifying industrial needs and challenges requiring further research and investigation and providing valuable feedback on practical application of the methodologies. In addition, the Centre for Process Integration has  long history of delivering material in the form of continuing professional development courses, for example in Japan, China, Malaysia, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Europe, the United States, Brazil and Colombia.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000
    International students (per annum): £24,500

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Contact name
Mrs Alison Cheslett
+44 (0) 161 306 4837
See: The School .

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