Process engineering often involves close collaboration between engineers and scientists from a variety of disciplines. The MSc in Chemical Process Engineering at UCL is specifically designed to facilitate this collaboration and provides graduates from a variety of engineering and science disciplines with the advanced training required to enter the chemical or biochemical industries.
The MSc in Chemical Process Engineering aims to provide students with a solid academic background in a broad range of Chemical Engineering topics and advanced skills in problem-solving necessary for a successful career in the sector.
For 2017/18, the MSc in Chemical Process Engineering programme consists of seven modules selected from a list of available modules.
From 2018/19, the programme will be split into three different routes with different compulsory and optional modules. The routes are:
Apart from this, the programme remains unchanged.
All students undertake either a research project or a design project, which culminates in a project report and an oral examination.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lecture-based courses, individual and group activities, assessed coursework and tutorial sessions. Advanced design or research projects are provided to extend knowledge and understanding of the topics studied and to encourage critical thinking. Creativity and innovation is encouraged on the demonstration of sound judgement and assumptions. Assessment is mainly through examinations, coursework and reports.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Chemical Process Engineering MSc
Upon completion, our graduates can expect to play a major role in developing the technologies that make available most of the things that we use in everyday life and provide the expertise and technology to enhance our health and standard of living. These activities may involve the development of new materials, food processing, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy resources as well as being at the frontline, addressing present environmental issues such as climate change.
Typical destinations of recent graduates include: Amec Process and Energy, British Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, National Grid, Health & Safety Executive. Career profiles of some of our recent MSc graduates are available on our website.
Students gain in-depth knowledge of core chemical engineering subjects and of the advanced use of computers in process design, operation and management. They receive thorough training in hazard identification, quantification and mitigation, as well as in risk management and loss prevention, and also learn how to design advanced energy systems, with emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Students learn how to make decisions under uncertain scenarios and with limited available data and receive training on how to plan, conduct and manage a complex (design or research) project.
UCL Chemical Engineering, situated in the heart of London, is one of the top-rated departments in the UK, being internationally renowned for its outstanding research.
The programme is the first of its kind in the UK and is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as meeting IChemE's requirements for Further Learning to Master's Level. This recognition will fulfil an important academic qualification for MSc graduates with suitable first degrees in eventually becoming Corporate Members of IChemE.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemical Engineering
90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Our part-time MSc in Chemical Food Safety and Integrity is a largely distance learning course aimed at aspiring factory or company quality managers who want to develop the knowledge, techniques and skills needed to deliver safe food products.
It is also suitable for professionals in the analytical services sector, vendors of equipment and analytical test kits, and researchers.
Through our course, you will receive training in food chemical safety, quality and management that embeds analytical methodology within a risk assessment and management context.
You will also develop research skills through a workplace-based research project if you choose to study for the MSc award. PGDip and PGCert options are also available.
Each unit runs for a semester and is mainly delivered online, although there will also be a week-long course with face-to-face teaching at the University in each semester.
Developed and delivered in collaboration with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera, this course represents a unique partnership between academia and industry spanning food manufacturing, analytical services provision and instrument manufacturers.
This course aims to train students in chemical food safety, quality and management that embeds analytical methodology within a risk assessment and management context.
This course is delivered by experts in a range of subjects, including risk assessment, analytical methodology, food fraud, food contaminants and food allergen risk management.
We work with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera to develop and deliver the course.
Learn when it suits you thanks to the part-time blended learning nature of this course.
Each unit runs for a semester and is largely delivered online, although there will also be a week-long course with face-to-face teaching at the University in each semester.
Face-to-face teaching will comprise a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions, as well as group work using case studies.
There will also be practical demonstrations of particular types of analytical methodology, utilising instrument platforms available at the University.
Online material will include a weekly online webinar/seminar on a rotation between the course tutors with a web-based Q&A session.
Each student will be provided with an academic advisor. Advisors will meet with you during the first residential week and schedule contact points (eg via video conferencing) to check on your progress.
The MSc dissertation is a workplace-based research project that can be either lab-based or a a desk-based study (eg systematic review) completed remotely, followed up by a short visit to one of the study centres to undertake a laboratory-based project.
You will attend an intensive face-to-face two-day workshop to help you develop project aims, objectives and work plans in an interactive fashion while also identifying risks and undertaking contingency planning.
During the final year project, there will be a site visit to help support you in completing the research project and identify any additional support needs or access to additional resources or instrumentation.
An assessed poster day will be held at the end of the semester, where you will present your project and findings to your peers. The project and results will then be submitted for assessment in the form of a dissertation.
We use a combination of multiple choice questions and assessed work relating to the weekly seminars to assess your progress.
An example would be using a scenario to show how the new knowledge gained from a lecture topic can be applied in the workplace.
The final year project for the MSc award will be undertaken in the workplace. There are also exit points for the PGCert and PGDip awards.
For the MSc, you need to complete six taught units and a 60-credit dissertation. PGDip students complete the six taught units only, while PGCert students complete 60 credits.
Year 1 units
Food Chemical Safety Risk Assessment (15 credits)
Methods for Chemical Food Safety Analysis (30 credits)
Sampling, Data Quality Assurance and Data Analysis (15 credits)
Year 2 units
Authenticity (15 credits)
Chemical Contaminants and Residues in Food (30 credits)
Allergens, Additives and Functional Ingredients (15 credits)
This course has been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Waters Corporation and Fera.
This course is run at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, with elements also hosted by the industrial collaborators, Unilever, Fera and Waters Corporation.
You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
This MSc will prepare you for careers in the food industry, including food production, quality assurance, and analytical services.
This course has been developed through a BBSRC Modular Training Partnership grant BB/M017613/1.
Each unit is also delivered as a standalone CPD course together with one dedicated to Food Allergen Management and Analysis.
The Earth's resources are under strain from a growing population. Now, more than ever, we need to monitor, manage and maintain our environment. This vocationally relevant Masters provides you with an in-depth critical understanding of today’s major environmental challenges.
You can keep your learning broad or you can specialise in one of four areas: Water, Energy, Food Security or Pollution. There are specific core modules for each specialist area:
Several modules include field trips to the beautiful and topographically varied countryside around Lancaster, and beyond.
All options include a dissertation project, which will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the chance to apply your learning to a real-world challenge. Our many research projects and partners across the globe provide exciting possibilities when you are choosing your dissertation subject. Alternatively you can do a six month research placement with a private sector company, government body or voluntary sector organisation instead of a traditional dissertation. Examples of previous dissertations include:
This very popular course will equip you to pursue a broad range of careers including environmental monitoring, resource management and consultancy.