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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    12 months

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  • Last Updated

    09 August 2017

Course content

This programme will provide you with advanced chemical engineering and process technology skills for exciting and challenging careers in the chemical and process industries. This programme also prepares graduates for a PhD study.

If you’ve studied chemical engineering before, you’ll develop your knowledge in key areas such as reaction engineering, process modelling and simulation, pharmaceutical formulation, and fuel processing. If your degree is in chemistry or another related science or engineering discipline, you’ll build your knowledge and skills to convert to a specialisation in chemical engineering.

The course has been designed to provide a greater depth of knowledge in aspects of advanced chemical engineering and a range of up-to-date process technologies. These will enable you to design, operate and manage processes and associated manufacturing plants and to provide leadership in innovation, research and development, and technology transfer.

Specialist facilities

Your Research Project module gives you the chance to study in cutting-edge facilities where our researchers are pushing the boundaries of chemical engineering.

We have world-class facilities for carrying out research in manufacturing (including crystallisation), processing and characterising particulate systems for a wide range of technological materials, as well as facilities for nanotechnology and colloid science/technology.

We also have high performance computing facilities and state-of-the-art computer software, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), for modelling and simulation of a wide range of processes. This will provide a strong background knowledge in industrial process and equipment design and optimisation.


This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. This adheres to the requirements of further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Course content

The path you take through this programme will depend on your background. If your degree is in Chemical Engineering, you’ll take a suite of compulsory modules on advanced topics such as recent advances in chemical engineering, reaction engineering, multi-scale modelling (including CFD), pharmaceutical formulation and fuel processing. If your degree is not in Chemical Engineering, you’ll build the knowledge you need to succeed in this area with modules such as Separation Processes, Reaction Engineering and Chemical Process Technology and Design.

You’ll then complement this with a choice of optional modules, allowing you to gain specialist knowledge in a topic that suits your career plans or personal interests. Different modules will be available to you depending on your background – for example, if your degree is in Chemical Engineering you could study Process Optimisation and Control, while if your degree is in another subject you might want to gain an understanding of energy management.

Every student undertakes a research project that runs throughout the year. You’ll focus on a topic of your choice that fits within one of the School’s research areas and produce an independent study, reflecting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired. This will enable you to gain experience of planning, executing and reporting a research work of the type you will undertake in an industrial/academic environment.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Chemical Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Research Project (MSc) 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Team Design Project 15 credits
  • Chemical Products Design and Development 15 credits
  • Separation Processes 30 credits
  • Chemical Process Technology 15 credits
  • Chemical Reaction Processes 15 credits
  • Batch Process Engineering 15 credits
  • Chemical Engineering Principles 15 credits
  • Multi-Scale Modelling and Simulation 30 credits
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation 15 credits
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering 15 credits
  • Nuclear Operations 15 credits
  • Advances in Chemical Engineering 15 credits
  • Fuel Processing 15 credits
  • Materials Structures and Characterisation 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Chemical Engineering MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, practicals, tutorials and seminars. Independent study is also an important element of the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.


You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including problem sheets, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessments.


The research project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Recent projects by students in MSc Chemical Engineering have included:

  • Control of heat release and temperature levels in jacketed stirred tank vessels
  • Pool boiling heat transfer of nanofluids
  • Effect of surface wettability and spreading on Nanofluid boiling heat transfer
  • Aspen Plus simulation of CO2 removal by amine absorption from power plant
  • Modelling of CO2 absorption using solvents in spray and packed towers
  • Historical data analysis using artificial neural network modelling
  • Computational modelling of particulate flow
  • Characterisation of sedimentation process in two-phase flow based on continuity theory using impedance tomography
  • Finding a new technique for on-line monitoring of crystallisation process using an electrode probe.

A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and may include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer

Career opportunities

Career prospects are excellent. There is a wide range of career opportunities in the chemical and allied industries in process engineering, process design and research and development as well as in finance and management.

Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles at companies like National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement, the National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation, Invensys Operations Management, Worley Parsons, Hollister-Stier Laboratories, BOC, ASM Technologies and more. 

Visit the Chemical Engineering MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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