MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

Explore the birthplace of Chemical Engineering

Modern chemical engineering is a vast subject extending far beyond its traditional roots in oil and gas processing.  As well as dealing with chemical reactors, distillation and the numerous processes that take place in a chemical or petrochemical plant, there is an increasing need for chemical engineers able to design and develop formulated products and to have knowledge of biotechnology and environmental issues.

  • If you already have a first degree in chemical engineering you can study the discipline in greater depth as well as learning about broader issues through the choice of elective subjects.
  • If you are already working in industry or are planning to work in a particular area, then this course can be tailored to focus on issues related to those of direct concern to you.

Who will benefit from the course?

  • Those who already have a background in chemical engineering but who wish to obtain a higher level qualification from a top-ranking British university.
  • Those who wish to enhance their career prospects in a chemical industry.

What are the benefits to students?

  • Our graduates get great jobs and chemical engineers are the highest paid professionals in the engineering field
  • Courses are designed to meet the needs of employers and you develop many skills for a successful career - design, problem-solving, numeracy, analysis, communication and teamwork
  • The University of Manchester has an excellent international reputation and a qualification from us will significantly increase your chances of getting a job anywhere in the world
  • Specialist subjects are all taught by experts in the field
  • Entry requirements are flexible - relevant experience is considered alongside your formal qualifications.

Teaching and learning

We use modern, innovative teaching and learning methods which have proved extremely successful and are enjoyed by our students. Much of the source materials and study aids are available through Blackboard (the University's web learning package) which has the advantage of enabling you to carry out much of your study when and where you want. You take part in face-to-face lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.

The Dissertation Project forms a major part of the MSc course and provides useful practice in carrying out academic research and writing in an area that you are interested in.  You have the opportunity to study a chosen topic in depth - you can choose one of the challenging topical projects available through the University or if you are employed can base your project on an aspect of your current job or employer's business.

The course helps you to develop valuable transferable skills such as report writing, data analysis and presentation skills - these are all invaluable for your career development. 

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is a combination of examinations and written coursework assignments.  For the MSc a major part of the assessment is through an in-depth project which is written up as a formal dissertation report.

Course unit details

The amount of effort required by a student is measured in credits. An MSc requires the completion of 180 credits.

Please note that some restrictions may apply due to timetable conflicts / class sizes.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
MSc Dissertation CHEN61000 60 Mandatory
Research Techniques and Methods (Skills) CHEN64421 15 Mandatory
Research Techniques & Methods (Proposal) CHEN64432 15 Mandatory
Oil and Gas Processing CHEN60202 15 Optional
Nuclear Fuel Cycle CHEN60221 15 Optional
Chemical Engineering Molecular Simulation CHEN60232 15 Optional
Advanced Process Simulation CHEN60412 15 Optional
Utility System Design CHEN60431 15 Optional
Science of Formulation CHEN60441 15 Optional
Advanced Separation Processes CHEN60461 15 Optional
Chemical Product Design CHEN60472 15 Optional
Waste Management and Treatment CHEN60512 15 Optional
Process Fluid Dynamics CHEN64211 15 Optional
Computer Aided Process Design CHEN64291 15 Optional
Energy Systems CHEN64341 15 Optional
Sustainable Energy Systems CHEN64352 15 Optional
Reaction Systems Design CHEN64442 15 Optional
Sustainable Resources and Processing CHEN64491 15 Optional
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