Chemical Engineering MTech


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MTech Chemical Engineering
2 years full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering or an Indian degree at B.Tech./B.E. with a minimum of grade point 7 or more (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course is offered in collaboration with Manipal, India. It is designed for graduates with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or a similar subject.
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This course has been designed to improve your employability in the field of chemical engineering, by giving you high level training in design, practice, and research, delivered to you in an industrial context.

By studying in both India and the UK, you will have the opportunity to enhance your employability, knowledge and skills, while adding an international element to your education, which is valued by global chemical engineering companies.

The course contains a combination of advanced chemical engineering modules, with strong elements of practical design. Specific modules covering the application of chemical engineering are taught by internationally leading researchers in these fields, providing real-world problems and examples to challenge you.

This course is specifically for graduates with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or a related subject.

Language requirements

Indian Standard 10th (X) English and Standard 12th (XII) English are accepted by The University of Nottingham as evidence of English language as an alternative to IELTS. 

Grades of B1 in Standard 10th or 75% in Standard 12th English are considered equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

Standard 10th or 12th English results can be considered as evidence of English language if the examinations were completed in the last ten years and were taken from one of the two central All-India boards (CBSE or CISCE). 


Course details

Course duration and timescales

This course is full time, taken over two years with the first year spent at Manipal University, in India, and the second year at The University of Nottingham.

You will begin your studies in August at Manipal, and transfer to The University of Nottingham for the second year, which runs from September to June, including a period for exams.

At The University of Nottingham you will begin with your 60 credit project (H84MEP) at the beginning of the second year while completing the taught elements of the course. Your year at Nottingham is made up of two terms / semesters.

Each taught semester is about 12 weeks long, with taught modules, a vacation period, and an assessment period. Half of the credits are from taught modules, with the remaining half of the credits from a Research and design project which runs from October to May alongside the taught modules.

Modules and credits

The course is made up of modules worth a total of 120 credits for the year in the UK, with compulsory and optional modules. Each Manipal credit is worth approximately 2.5 University of Nottingham credits, making a total of 240 credits for modules completed in Manipal and Nottingham.

Learning outcomes

You will develop your knowledge and skills by analysing the types of engineering design challenge found in industry and in academic research, through taught courses with associated project work. 

Written and spoken presentations will be undertaken at various stages of the course. A substantial individual project will be undertaken in the final semester. This will develop your ability to engage in independent learning, and prepare you for postgraduate research or a career in industry. 

The course has been designed to develop your ability to think critically and logically, to help you acquire problem-solving skills, to become a competent user of relevant equipment and software, and to communicate your results effectively.

By providing you with a broad knowledge and understanding of chemical engineering theory, methods, this course can help you to become a professional chartered engineer, following relevant industrial training and experience.


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.




Core modules

Optional modules

You must take 30 credits from this group; 10 credits in autumn and 20 credits in spring.

Autumn modules:

Spring modules:

If you choose Water Treatment Engineering in the spring, you will need to have studied Water Treatment or an equivalent at undergraduate level, subject to approval by the course director.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpage

Please visit our funding your masters web page for general information and advice on financial support.

Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Scholarships

UK/EU Students

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

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

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



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 courses 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.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 91% of postgraduates in the Faculty of Engineering who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,592 with the highest being £40,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on 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.


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