Postgraduate study
This accredited course focuses on advanced engineering practice; design, operations, and solving practical problems.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Chemical Engineering
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in an engineering-related field
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
Accreditation
Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Campus
University Park or Malaysia Campus
 

 

Overview

The MSc Chemical Engineering course provides the additional training companies now expect from the next generation of chemical engineers, producing employable graduates with the potential to be future leaders of industry.

You will gain skills in advanced engineering, which includes design, operations, problem-solving and practical elements. 

Based on the options selected, you will gain experience in areas such as chemical and petroleum processing, energy efficiency, carbon capture and water treatment.

The course offers students with BEng and BSc engineering access to an accredited masters level degrees, required to be eligible for Chartered Engineer status.

Course accreditation

IChemE accreditation logo     IOM3 accreditation logo

This course is accredited by the IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) and the IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining).

Key facts

  • Relevance to industry is a strong feature of this course, with a high proportion of the teaching staff being chartered engineers and/or having relevant industrial experience, as well as ongoing research links to industry
  • The department boasts extensive laboratory facilities and significant pilot plant and industrial scale chemical processing equipment
  • Offering a unique combination of engineering and science skills, the department provides a strong and dynamic environment with close links between research and teaching
  • Your learning will be supported by academic staff with extensive experience, such as Professor Vince Pizzoni, who offers students advice and support on design projects
 

Full course details

The course follows a modular structure, with students completing 180 credits over a 12-month period. Students take 70 credits of core modules, 20 credits of optional modules, a 30-credit development project providing skills in advanced design practice, and a 60-credit summer project which develops skills in research.

The course utilises an integrated educational approach in which lectures, example classes, laboratories and information technology form key elements.

MSc Chemical Engineering is taught on a full-time basis over one year, starting in late September. Most applicants have an engineering first degree, and the most common include environmental or chemical engineering.

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 
 

Modules

Core modules

Accelerated Design Training (year long): 30 credits

Summary Of Content: Students undertaking this module will complete a group design project with a large individual component. The module is student-lead under the guidance of a group of academics.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 20 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Workshop 20 weeks 1 week 3 hours
Workshop 20 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40.00 A group conceptual design task consisting of: basis of design, a minimum of 3 PFDs for different process configurations and a 3 page report outlining the comparative performance of each configuration. Due in November.
Viva voce    
Coursework 2 60.00 Detailed group design task consisting of 10 separate components. Due in April.
 

Advanced Rheology and Materials (autumn): 10 credits

Summary of Content:

This module will introduce students to the flow properties of complex fluids. It will cover rheological models, outline characterisation techniques and explore selected applications.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session

Lecture

11 weeks

1 week

2 hours

Lecture

12 weeks

1 week

1 hour

 
Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements

Exam 1

100.00

 
 
  • Process Synthesis and Design (autumn): 10 credits

Course summary

Group projects involving teams of 3 - 4 students. Two projects covering flowsheet synthesis and resource conservation will be undertaken.

Taught semesters

Autumn UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour

The classes will be used for a mixture of lectures, surgery sessions and presentations/discussions by the groups on the competing designs.

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40.00 Group project, presentation, max 15 minutes
Coursework 2 60.00 Individual project, technical report, max 2000 words.

 

 
  • Renewable Energy from Wastes

 

 

Advanced Computational Methods (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: Introduction to Matlab Programming: writing code for modelling engineering systems; script files, arrays, loops, if statements, functions, plotting; application to Finite Difference and Monte Carlo modelling methods.

Advanced features of HYSYS:

  • using the dynamics package to simulate (a) fluid flow in tanks in series (b) the control of a separator drum;
  • students devising their own steady-state question.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 2 60.00 Written report on student's Hysys simulations. c.10 pages including text and computer output.
Coursework 1 40.00 Written report on student's Matlab program. c.10 pages including text and computer output.
 

 Research Planning (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: The module develops the skills required to design, plan, implement and manage a research project. Students will be given instruction and practice in: problem definition; collection and synthesis of information from a range of traditional and electronic sources; critical review of information; definition of scope, aims and objectives; development of a project plan and schedule; management of project progress; reporting and presentation of outcomes. Particular emphasis of the module is towards quality control and quality assurance and how these underpin measurement activities. The use of statistics for the assessment of data quality in measurement is also emphasised. Students will also develop their writing and practical skills through exercises and coursework.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Practicum 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

The module will comprise a series of lectures, tutorials and practicals. Students will undertake, under supervision, develop an appreciation and an ability plan and evaluate the requirements for a research project. Directed study to include the preparation of a research plan, individual presentation and a laboratory report.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 70.00 3,000 word Laboratory Report
Coursework 2 30.00 1,000 word Critical Review

 

 

Multiphase Systems (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module will identify the industrial occurrence of the simultaneous flow of more than one phase and highlight the implications for design. It will establish the principles of flow and heat transfer in gas/liquid systems and the principles of design methods.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00  
Exam 1 70.00 2 hour exam

 

 

Advanced Reaction Engineering (spring): 10 credits


Course summary

A study of more advanced topics in Reactor Design, including mixing, reacting solids and the interactions of kinetics with mass and heat transfer and their effects on design

Taught semesters

Spring UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 2 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Tutorial 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Individual Student Solution of one calculation based problem, the solution to include an engineering evaluation of the quantitative solution presented
Exam 1 70.00 2 Hour Exam
 

Research project (summer): 60 credits

Summary Of Content: This module provides the student with an opportunity to undertake a substantial personal project appropriate to their interests. It will normally take the form of scientific investigation whether it involves experimentation or an extensive review of work already completed by others. Typically (but not exclusively) it will include the following:
  • Project definition and aim (choice of subject is at the discretion of the convenor).
  • Literature review
  • Practical experimentation/investigation
  • Critical analysis of findings
  • Presentation of results.

Method and Frequency of Class: Tutorial sessions as appropriate throughout the summer period. A typical average period of 2 weeks between tutorials is expected. Tutorials may be for individuals or small groups locally arranged with supervisor.

Method of Assessment: Dissertation - Typically 10,000-20,000 words. - 100%. 

The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff. MSc Students chose a theme from the following:

  • Energy Engineering 
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainable Process Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering

Projects are then allocated within these themes.

Previous projects have included:

  • Microwave processing of hydrocarbons: design of a mobile processing unit for on-site remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils. Research to establish process energy requirements and potential to recover hydrocarbons as a resource.
  • Novel mineral traps for permanent sequestration of carbon dioxide
  • Advanced measurement techniques for bubble columns
  • Fluidized beds with rotating distributors
  • Process design for continuous chemical treatment of carbon nanotubes
  • Design of a process for the clean-up and/or reclamation of contaminated sediment from the Birmingham Canal Navigation
 

Optional modules

Power Generation and Carbon Capture (autumn): 10 credits


Summary Of Content: The following topics are covered: Fossil fuels, occurrence, use and world-wide availability; Fossil power generation, conventional and advanced technologies; Current environmental/climate change issues in Power Generation using Fossil Fuels: Emission problems and reduction technologies; climate-forcing carbon emissions and fossil energy de-carbonisation; Co-firing of fossil fuels and biomass; carbon (CO2) capture and storage (CCS).

Taught Semesters: Autumn UK 

Method and Frequency of Class: 

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Dissertation 30.00 Technology Assessment Report and Presentation
Exam 1 70.00 2 hour exam

 

 

Biochemical Engineering (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module covers underpinning aspects for bio-processing technologies including: an overview of microbes, including structure, function, kinetics and components; metabolism and biomolecules; microbial technology including industrial biosafety and reactor systems; and industrial enzyme biocatalyst technologies with applications.

 Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment: one 2-hour exam (100%).

 

 

Water Treatment (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module introduces students to a range of knowledge and skills applicable to water and wastewater treatment. Students will gain an understanding in water availability, sources of pollution and the legislative framework for water quality from an EU perspective. Municipal water and wastewater treatment processes will be covered, focusing on key unit processes including sedimentation, filtration and disinfection. Example sheets and case studies on unit operations and processes will support the lecture delivery and provide an appreciation of the benefits of different plant specifications. The module will also be supported by 2 site visits.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Field 2 weeks 1 week 6 hours
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Tutorial 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour

The 2 site visits (fieldtrips) will replace 2 of the 2 hour lectures.

Method of Assessment: one 2-hour examination (100%).

 

 

Process Risk Benefit Analysis (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: The module will explore decision making in the presence of uncertainty Risks of particular interest are those associated with large engineering projects such as the development of innovative new products and processes. The module will presents and interpret some of the frameworks helpful for balancing risks and benefits in situations that typically involve human safety, potential environmental effects, and large financial and technological uncertainties. Case studies will be used to illustrate key points and these will centre around the use and recovery of plastics, metals, industrial minerals and energy.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Tutorial 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20.00 8 page report
Coursework 2 20.00 10 minute presentation with Q and A
Coursework 3 30.00 25 page business plan
Coursework 4 15.00 10 minute presentation with Q and A
Coursework 5 15.00 3 page report
 

Advanced Biochemical Engineering (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: Covers the design of processes and equipment that make use of biological entities for the synthesis of chemical and materials, including the following aspects:
  • principles of mass and heat transfer in biological systems
  • sterile operation
  • bioreactor design
  • downstream processing
  • specialist instrumentation
  • regulatory environment and biosafety

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 15.00 Group presentation. Week 25
Coursework 2 85.00 Individual project, technical report, max 5000 words. End of spring semester (Week 33-34)
 

Water Treatment Engineering (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module will concentrate on water treatment technologies covering those applicable to both the treatment of wastewater and the treatment of water for potable (drinking water) use. The beginning of the module will review current practice and scientific principles in water treatment. Case Studies across the water industry will be utilised to demonstrate problems and potential solutions and gain an understanding of design considerations and operation of water treatment processes. Emerging issues in water treatment and the developing technologies to address these issues will be presented. Guest speakers from industry and 2 site visits will support the module delivery. 

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Field 2 weeks 1 week 6 hours
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Tutorial 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour

The 2 site visits (fieldtrips) will replace 2 of the scheduled 2 hour lecture sessions.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Individual report, Max 2,000 words
Exam 1 70.00 2 hour examination
 

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering scholarships

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

Chemical engineering at Nottingham has a long history of collaboration with industry, our graduates consistently gaining the top jobs with major companies. This course equips students with a solid understanding of existing and emerging technologies, advanced design skills and strong skills in research, problem solving and project management, now demanded by employers for the development of chemical processes and products. 

Students completing our degree programmes have found jobs in a range of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, food, environmental protection, nanotechnology, consultancy and management.

The programme also aims to provide a strong foundation for further study in PhD level and pursuit of a career in research. The University has a portfolio of doctoral training centres funded by the UK Research Councils. These centres provide cutting-edge doctoral study, combined with a supportive and exciting working environment, in a variety of research areas such a fossil energy, biotechnology and sustainable chemicals processing.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,000 with the highest being £100,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

 
 
 

Disclaimer
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