Chemical Engineering

Course contact

Dr Zaki El-Hassan
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1 year1 /2 years


Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
This programme is for graduates of chemical engineering and other related disciplines who aspire to gain postgraduate qualification and upgrade their technical abilities and equip themselves with advanced knowledge in the fields of chemical and process engineering to enable them to perform in the modern 21st century chemical industry in fields such as pharmaceuticals, food and drinks, fine chemicals, clean energy, environmental waste management, oil and gas, petrochemicals, cosmetics, consumer products, materials, agrochemicals, research and development, among many others. It is also ideal for any chemical engineer holding a BEng degree that requires further learning elements to qualify for Chartered Engineer registration.
Applicants should possess a good second class Honours degree or equivalent qualification, in chemical engineering or related area from a recognised institution or an equivalent professional qualification, for MSc entry.

Applicants with lesser degree qualifications in engineering, who have appropriate professional or industrial experience, may also be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma students would be invited to join the MSc programme.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
This programme is designed to deepen and widen your knowledge and understanding of chemical and process engineering specialist topics. It offers a wide range of core modules that advance the core knowledge base of the discipline and provide the necessary and continuing development of appropriate interpersonal and transferable skills at a level that a Chemical/Process Engineer would be expected to have, allowing you to function in an advanced engineering environment as senior engineers and managers. While the main focus of the programme is on taught modules, you will have the opportunity to explore a specific subject in more details through the MSc dissertation module.

Your Learning

The programme will be delivered by highly-qualified and experienced members of the School’s teaching staff through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, laboratories, case studies, design problems, computed aided design, specialist guest lectures as well as student centred activities such as directed reading and flipped classes. Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, design problems and examinations.

A key component of the programme is the research based dissertation. This will give you the opportunity to investigate in-depth a project in your chosen field of interest within the fields of the expertise available in the School and the University.

You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external assessors as part of the learning and assessment process.

Core modules include2:
Process Design and Safety, Multiphase and Biochemical Reactors Design, Advanced Fluid Mechanics and CFD, Advanced Heat Transfer, Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Systems, Separation Processes, Project Management and Research Design and Methods.
Our graduates will have developed expertise to improve their employability within the chemical and process industries in areas such as pharmaceuticals, food and drink, oil and gas, petrochemicals, fine chemicals and all main stream chemical/process engineering industry sectors.

It is expected that graduates will obtain professional employment with leading companies that employed graduates from our undergraduate programme in the past such as GlaxoSmithKline; Foster Wheeler; Atkins Global, Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Seal Chemicals; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; Procter and Gamble and others worldwide who currently employ our former undergraduate students. The programme has been designed to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for CEng registration and we will be seeking this accreditation in due course in accordance with the Engineering Council and the IChemE regulations and their timescale.

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants with a minimum 2nd class upper honours degree or equivalent are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply.

    This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.

    Students will be required to pay £20 for the use of Lab coat and safety glasses.